Much of New York City is obsessed with looking trim for the summer and dining on juice and raw vegetables, but thank goodness there are still pockets of indulgence in the Big Apple. Lately, a backlash against the “all healthy, all the time” mentality has hit the city, and everything from sandwiches to pizza is getting deep-fried for the ultimate treat. It may not be the way to get into a two-piece for the beach, but it is absolutely the way to enjoy the most decadent food that the city has to offer.
Pommes Frites is the place to go for all things conventionally fried—in this this case, it’s potatoes. Twice-fried (the Belgian way), these frites are served piping hot in a paper cone, with your choice of any of 20 sauces ranging from pomegranate teriyaki sauce to wild mushroom mayonnaise. The best part about this tiny shop is that it is open into the wee hours of the morning, so whenever your salty potato craving hits, it can be satisfied.
La Montanara brings a Neapolitan tradition stateside with deep-fried pizza. This pizza has dough that is deep-fried for 30 seconds before it is topped with housemade mozzarella and other toppings … then, yes, baked. The result is a crust that’s half pizza, half doughnut, entirely delicious. Don’t forget to order the dessert pizza, which is topped with Nutella.
If you consider a mere burger to be a gut-busting meal, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Korzo Haus is a Hungarian restaurant in the East Village famous for its hearty Eastern European comfort food, especially its deep-fried burger. The burger is first cooked on a griddle before getting wrapped in Hungarian dough known as langos. Then it’s fried until the yeasty bread is cooked but the meat inside is still moist and juicy. This burger might not be diet food, but it is entirely worth the calories for a mid-diet’s splurge.