French fries may be the most magical food in the universe, from the simplest shoe-strings to a loaded-up mess of tots. They're a delightful snack. They're the perfect side dish. They're a glorious meal on their own. I ate dozens of different fries in all their different iterations these past couple of months, at places both fancy and decidedly less so. Here I present the 12 absolute best.
Despite being one of the city's most exciting food meccas, the Lower East Side is shockingly sparse when it comes to burger joints. Welcome LES Kitchen, a chill, counter-dining spot created to satisfy your 9 pm craving for Pat La Frieda beef. Yes, PAT LA FRIEDA, the god of ground meat, beef. With limited seating and a simple menu (5 main items - two of which are burgers) LES Kitchen evokes that cozy, neighborhood vibe, like a 1950s soda shop. Wanting to start simple, I went with the namesake LES Burger.
The so-called LES Kitchen is almost ready to roll. As noted, the new burger joint has been prepping 15 Essex Street in the wake of the Juicery’s departure last year. The menu sitting in the windows serves as hype material for the new establishment. Here’s what to expect when they open at the end of the month. It’s clear that LES Kitchen is a no-frills burger joint, serving Pat LaFrieda beef alongside pickles from the Pickle Guys.