Poutine—a greasy bechamel of fries slathered in gravy and cheese curds—is about as easy for an American to dismiss as curling or ice hockey. It’s just the type of handiwork we’d expect of the country that took our ham and called it their bacon.
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Except that they were right: Canadian bacon does sound way cooler than ham; hockey is like a bloodier, faster soccer; and poutine? Well, it sort of tastes like Thanksgiving and the Fourth of July decided to throw a joint party in your mouth. Which is convenient, because poutine goes really well with beer.
Turns out there are a smattering of places in and around New York that offer this unofficial national dish of our neighbor to the north. We love these two delicious spots to whet your poutine appetite.
277 E 10th St. | Manhattan |212.529.9702 |
Come for dinner and order the deluxe Duck Confit Poutine, which is served in duck gravy with plenty of cheddar cheese curds on top. Brindle Room even suggests a wine pairing: Vino Bianco’s “I Tigli.”
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Subways: L to 1st Ave.
97A Hoyt St. | Brooklyn | 718.852.7510 | mileendbrooklyn.com
The Boerum Hill space is tiny (435 square feet, including the bathroom) and there’s an emphasis on fresh ingredients. Native Montrealers Noah and Rae import bagels from Québec and serve poutine ($8) topped with hand-cured smoked meats ($12) like it’s done back home. The dry-rubbed brisket spends 10 days in Noah’s fridge before it’s smoked for 10 hours over oak wood, and steamed to swollen perfection. It’s served on a bed of frites along with cheddar curds brought in from Maine-based Silvery Moon Creamery.
The curds have the same subtle and salty flavor as Indian paneer, add a texture that is lighter and chewier than melted cheese, and are the key ingredients that separate this dish from American disco fries or cheese fries. Combined with a hearty mushroom gravy, the elements of this “maudite” mixture complement each other surprisingly well. Rather than the soggy mush one might expect, the crunch of the fries, the delicate mouth-feel of the curds, and the marbled juiciness of the meat all pull together for a dish with variety in every bite. The ones sprinkled with a few fallen peppercorns from the brisket add whole new pockets of flavor.
Subways: A,C,G and 2,3 to Hoyt St.
Jacob’s Pickles is a popular American restaurant in New York City, known for its comfort food, craft beers, and homemade pickles. Located on the Upper West Side, Jacob’s Pickles has been serving its loyal customers since 2011, offering a cozy and inviting atmosphere, as well as a sense of community.
These guys make their Poutine with crispy fries, melted cheddar cheese, and rich mushroom gravy, adding a touch of flavor and texture to the classic recipe.
If you are looking for a place to enjoy a delicious meal, a refreshing drink, and a friendly service, Jacob’s Pickles is the place to go. Whether you are a fan of Poutine or not, you will find something to suit your taste buds on their extensive menu, which also features biscuits, burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more. Jacob’s Pickles is not just a restaurant; it is a destination.
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Poutine is more than just a dish; it is a cultural symbol of Canada, a country that has given us many reasons to appreciate its contributions to the world. From sports to food, Canada has shown us that there is beauty and value in diversity, creativity, and quality. Poutine is a perfect example of how a simple combination of ingredients can create a complex and satisfying experience. If you are in New York and want to taste this Canadian delicacy, you have several options to choose from, each with its own unique twist. Whether you prefer duck, brisket, or pickles, you will find a poutine that will make you say “eh”.
Photo by Jon Campbell.