Last night I returned to my Belgian roots at Pomme Frites (123 2nd Ave.), where East Villagers’ go to get their french-fry fix. The line was out the door, but as usual, worth the wait. The frites are truly authentic, and come served in a paper cone, just as they are in Belgium or France. There are three sizes (regular, large, and double) and my two friends and I split a large – believe me, these frites are meant for sharing! A few of the dipping sauces are free (such as Ketchup and Frites Sauce, which is traditional European Mayo –what Europeans dip their fries in instead of ketchup) or else you can opt for some of the special sauces, which cost $1.50 each. We opted for cheddar cheese, which was melted and slightly sharp-tasting. In the past, I’ve tried the Rosemary Garlic Mayo, which I also recommend. Some sauces on my list for future frites trips: Sweet Mango Chutney Mayo, Peanut Satay, Organic Black Truffle Mayo, and Smoked Eggplant Mayo. The fries themselves are thick, but not too thick, and perfectly salted: the quintessential European frites!
For dessert we headed a couple blocks over to the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop (125 E. 7th Street), which started as the “Big Gay Ice Cream Truck” in 2009, and opened as a store last year. There was a line here too, but I’m always willing to wait for ice cream! This ice cream shop is like a gourmet, East Village-ified Dairy Queen, because they make traditional soft-serve ice cream, and then add zany, creative toppings. I ordered the Salty Pimp (yes, it’s really called the Salty Pimp), which is vanilla ice cream with dulche de leche and sea salt, all dipped in chocolate. When I bit in, the hard chocolate covering melted slightly, and combined with the creamy vanilla, the gooey clumps of dulche de leche, and the hint of salt. I can’t wait to return for the Monday Sundae (vanilla ice cream, Nutella lined cone, dulche de leche, sea salt, and whipped cream) and the American Globs (vanilla ice cream, pretzels, sea salt, chocolate dip.)
Making the Salty Pimp
The Salty Pimp