Poutine, French Fries topped with cheese curds and brown gravy, originated in Quebec in the late 1950s. As a passionate lover of all things French Fries and Cheese, separately and together, I love the concept and have to say: what the heck took so long for it to blow up here? Though Poutine dishes have popped up here and there, T-Poutine 168 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002 is the first to specialize in poutine in New York. They serve the classic, and seven other variations (based on classic with extra toppings).

Amy Cao taking picture Classic T-Poutine

I met Amy Cao (of Amy Blogs Chow) for lunch. She’s that adorable girl taking photos, who I met through the twitterverse. She is as sweet as she looks and we had a great time eating together. I preferred the Classic while Amy liked the addition of pastrami in the Montreal Meatlover (type of meat changes daily). Part of it was just that the Classic was served hotter and the other closer to luke-warm. All in all, it’s hard to be bad with French Fries, cheese curds, and gravy, but it’s not exactly impressive either. In the first few bites, the fries are crispy, but soon after, they get soggy. I would recommend asking for gravy on the side so you can pour over a little bit at a time. Also, it’s not all that different from what diners here serve as “disco fries” for a lot less money. Despite loving the ( about 8″) pans the serve in, $7.25 to $9.50 per order doesn’t seem worth it.

Meatlovers Pastrami Poutine 2

Something about T-Poutine makes me think this whole place was conceptualized by a Québécois that watches a lot of MTV (and I don’t know anything about who owns it). It’s the music which grew louder, the little tables meant for noshing and not meals, the “Pimp Your Fries” slogan, and the young guy that possibly skateboards to work. I don’t mean that any of this is bad, but I’m probably not their target market.

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