Potatoes, Santas, and Christmas Lights

Last Friday I wanted to surprise Mike with a walk through Dyker Heights Christmas Lights, but I got sidetracked  On the way there, Mike mentioned that Papaya Dog had the best french fries in NY. I could not let him get away with such a bold lie, so I delayed the Christmas lights extravaganza for a fry off. First we went to Papaya Dog on 14th st and 1st ave, and got his lame excuse for fries (can you tell I’m biased?):

Mike eating the Papaya Dog fries

Mike eating the Papaya Dog fries

A close up:

I must admit I've had these fries sober. They're a great late night snack after dancing

I’ve only ever had these fries after a long night of drinking.

Then we walked down to Pommes Frites and got real fries. Located on 2nd ave. between 8th and 7th st, this has long been my favorite spot for fries. Twice fried, they are crispy but they maintain the potato’s integrity. My eyes say it all:

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I was begging Mike to take the picture quickly so I could start gorging on fries.

Not only are the fries amazing, they also have over fifty delicious condiments to try. I always recommend the sweet mango chutney, but I’m also a fan of ketchup and mayo.

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So many options! They’ll let you try any condiment for free.

I was the clear victor, but Mike was stubborn and clung to his claim. Well I’m writing this post, so I won.

As we walked back to the subway, painfully stuffed with fries, we noticed a ton of Santas walking around. Apparently it was Santacon, and we did not get the invitation. It must have been very confusing for little kids to see so many Santas all at once, especially the Santa throwing up next to the dumpsters.

This was the saddest Santa I saw

This was the saddest Santa I’ve ever seen.

I guess he wasn’t invited to the party:

Who knew Santas love BBQ?

Who knew Santas love BBQ?

After another 40 minutes on the subway we got to Dyker Heights which is known for putting on quite a spectacle. I will leave you with these pictures:

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My favorite one.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



    1. Thanks! And I’ll make sure to tell Mike you said that 🙂 I take every friend who visits NYC to Pommes Frites. It’s a hole in the wall, but it’s a classic.


  1. Alright young lady, Gossip has great fries, but my all time favorite is Nathan’s. Particularly when they’re slightly burnt. At least it was my favorite until I went to the Dodgers’ stadium in LA and had their garlic fries. Dear lord, I don’t remember ever tasting any potato nearly as good.


    1. Gossip fries are pretty good, but Pommes Frites is an experience. I’m sorry but I don’t think Nathan’s can even enter the race. I think your nostalgia clouds your judgement 😛


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