We hope to really bring this site back to life. Our friends have asked us what has happened… and simply put, we were too busy as said in the previous post. We love to hear some suggestions for restaurants to check out, as well as any museums or parks!
Hopefully, we’ll find time to post every so often!
What has this world come to!?!? A restaurant that only serves potatoes as a main course?!?! You heard it right, this place only serves potatoes… in all shapes and sizes, with whatever toppings you desire. Pota-topia initially started as kiosk in Menlo Park Mall in Edison, New Jersey. After much success and popularity, the owner decided to open one up in Manhattan, New York. Definitely, a great decision because it’s hugely popular in the city too. Did I also mention that Pinky absolutely LOVES POTATOES? You can also visit their website at here!
Fun fact: Victor gave Pinky a raw potato for her 20th birthday with a candle on top…and she bit it for a perfect photo op.
Victor says 4/5
Quite an interesting place in my opinion. New York City never ceases to amaze me in its wide variety of wacky and unique restaurants. This dainty little place can be found near West Village in Manhattan. This restaurant can be hidden amidst all the other stores around it, but once you see it’s signature potato logo, you know you’re heading towards the right place.
The design of Potatopia reminds a lot like the Wafels and Dinges Cafe, even though they are different in their own ways. They use very warm colors like yellow, gray, and white, as well using wooden decor and seats. Sort of a like urban eco-design I would say. The vibe and environment is also quite similar to Wafels and Dinges. The staff are all pretty young folk, but they are also very friendly and just seem genuinely happy.
This place like a fast food take out joint, so don’t expect it to be a quiet sit-down kind of place. If it was a busy hour, I think it would be hard to find a seat. Upon arriving through its glass doors, there is a table against the window to your left and a long wooden table towards the middle with a couple of seats. To right of the entrance are the paper menus you can grab if you don’t want to wait on line yet.
If you forgot a menu and already walked in, you can always looks at the large TV menus above the cashiers and potato chefs. The TV menus are bright and vivid with one of them showing tweets from fans!
Well, I guess I should start talking about the real stuff: the food.
On their menu, they have signature dishes and the possibility of creating your very own dish.Pinky and I decided to try the signatures, The Comatoser and Curly Sue.
The Curly Sue is made up of Curly Cut fries with House Salt and Pepper, Pepperjack Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Jalapeño, Garlic, Green Onion, Chipotle Ketchup and Garlic Aioli. Sounds like a mouthful, eh? Out of the two dishes we got, I actually really enjoyed this one more. I’m a big fan of curly fries and I just felt that all the ingredients went together wonderfully well. A big part of this were the interesting sauces. You don’t see Chipotle Ketchup or Garlic Aioli on fries normally, it made it so savory. The fries were absolutely crunchy and the scallions were a nice addition. I do feel that it was a little bit too much scallion, but that’s okay. Overall, I really enjoyed this signature dish and you should try it out too!
The Comatoser is composed of Skin Chips with House Salt and Pepper, Cheddar Cheese, Asiago Cheese, Pepperjack Cheese, Green Onions, Red Onion, Garlic, Cilantro, Jalapeño, Broccoli, Bacon, Melted Cheddar, Roasted Pepper and Ranch. A little pricier than the Curly Sue, but it also contains more stuff too! As you know, I’m a big fan of quality, not quantity. To me, the flavors just didn’t really stand out to me. I’m not saying it’s awful or anything, I just liked the Curly Sue much more. It’s pretty much the suped-up version of a Wendy’s Broccoli, Bacon, and Cheese potato.
Overall, this place is pretty good, so check this place out. It’s not too relatively expensive with dishes ranging from $7-$10. If you’re daring and want to make your own special potato, go ahead, you potato connoisseur. If you don’t like potatoes at all, maybe this place will change your mind.
Pinky says 4.5/5
How can someone go wrong with a restaurant that serves so many different kinds of potatoes?! I loved the COMATOSER better than the CURLY SUE. I would have to disagree with Vic on his comment that it tastes like a glorified baked potato. I felt that that texture of the skin chips was so unique and awesome. The inside of the “chip” tasted like a mashed potato and the outside tasted like a potato oven-roasted chip. I really want to learn how to achieve that texture with my potatoes at home! (If someone knows the secret…please share!!!!!) I loved the delicious veggies, scallion, red onion, broccoli. Oh my, the sauce was even more delicious — I literally wanted to lick the whole bowl. The bacon was so savory too. THE CHEESE. THE CHEESE. Dang those cheese combos caressed my taste buds in a velvety dance!
The Curly Sue I felt that you can just have this texture in regular fries, but I did loved the combination of flavors — the chipotle ketchup seriously how can you go wrong? I don’t think I ever had fries with scallions. Level up from regular fast food fries! However, I just wish there was more of it…and to it. I could easily make this one — now that they listed all the ingredients!
Okay, Pinky of course you’re giving such a high score for a potato restaurant, but why the half point off? Honestly, the prices were pretty steep. I get it that it’s in Manhattan but this was more like a snack than dinner. Don’t assume you’ll be full after this “meal”! It’s a horrible habit to develop, but if it was cheaper I would come every single day. (I’m a poor recent graduate!!) And get fat, of course. There is so much cheese in the signature meals!!!! These sig meals would be cheaper than the “build your own potato” meals.
We haven’t been posting due to some late-semester craziness. Pinky and I will be graduating hopefully this summer, so we really need to buckle down and finish strong. We intend on continuing our food blog as soon as we have the time for it!
A very popular spot among locals and Stony Brook University students. It’s located right across the street from Three Village Church, off Route 25A. It has a pretty distinct sign outside and it isn’t very difficult to find. We probably would have never found this place if people never stopped ranting about it.
Pinky says: 5/5
Always craving this stuff, man! it is the best thing that has ever happened to stony brook students. If you have a car and get off campus (assuming you’re a student at Stony) this should be your first stop!!!! Their sandwiches are always so fresh and so BIG that you really get a bang for your buck. The staff are always friendly and will always be patient when you are deciding which sandwich you want to sink your teeth in. Even the vegetarian delight sandwich was good ..and I LOVE MEAT. Have to come here, no joke! It had the eggplant, provolone cheese, roasted red peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, with balsamic vinegar on a hero :D. NOT SO BAD FOR A NO MEAT, “healthier” option :D.
It’ll be a sad day when I move out of Long Island because I’ve been a loyal customer of Se-Port Deli since my Sophmore year. This place just does not have the capacity to disappoint.
The staff is nice and humorous. The decor gives you the feel like you’re on an old school yacht. The environment is lively. It’s just a nice place overall. Once you go in you are flooded with the number of delicious choices you can choose from on the extensive menu. They have all sorts of salads, deli meats, hot foods, and such, but this place is known for its AWESOME SANDWICHES. You can’t substitute ingredients from customized sandwiches, but that doesn’t matter, because it’s just that darn good. There is not a lot of seating and it can get crowded at times. If it’s warmer, you can sit outside.
My favorite sandwich has always been the Gasm. A popular choice among many people. There really isn’t any sandwich like this. It’s like Subway’s FootLong (It may or may not be a foot), but on steroids! Each bite into this sandwich just leaves you wanting more. The saddest part is taking the last bite of your delicious sandwich. The Gasm is garlic toasted hero with a heap of chicken cutlet, bacon, cole slaw, and Russian dressing.
You should definitely come here. No doubt about it.
Find them around the great NYC! You can follow them on twitter to see where they’re parked.
This winter wasn’t the first time Vic and I had these waffles. We set our teeth into their waffle back last summer in front of the Guggenheim, we…fell…in love.
If you have heard the hype, do not deny it! The hype lives up to its level.
Previously, we had de Bom which was one of their waffles topped with vanilla ice cream (that they made themselves) and the hard-shell chocolate sauce! Awesome and yet so simple! I don’t understand their magic!
W&D at the Winter Holiday Markets at Union Square
Victor says: 4.5/5
To this day, I still don’t know what a dinge is, but whatever it is, it is most certainly delicious. However, I must say, I do prefer its summer-counterpart more than its winter half. In the summer, you get a scoop of ice cream on top of your waffle with whatever toppings you desire. During the winter, it’s just whipped cream. I guess people wouldn’t want ice cream in the winter anyways. Nevertheless, both times I had the waffle, they were exceptionally well. Here’s a short little story: when we went to the waffle stand in the winter, the guy advertising said we were the last customers. We just couldn’t resist. Later on, he told that to 10 other customers.
The waffles were baked freshly in griddles right in front of us, so when we got them, it was warm and toasty. The chocolate sauce they used was creamy and solidified after touching the ice cream or being exposed to winter air. The fruits were fresh. Can’t really go wrong here. I would definitely give it a try. I know Pinky absolutely loves this place and we’ll probably be getting more if we run into one of their food trucks randomly.
Pinky says: 5++/5
These waffles have magic in them. Even when I’m a poor college student I am very willing to splurge on these waffles. Since I go to school all the way in Long Island, I now and then have these cravings for these delicious waffles. Yes, it’s that good that I dream about them. Their sweetness doesn’t overwhelm the toppings. The one we had with the ice cream was a lot better though. For some reason, we couldn’t find it on the menu…probably because it’s winter time they don’t do ice cream? Anyways, whipped cream was just as good :]. It is the best dessert ever…or even a snack…or get 5 of them, to make a meal. Don’t think that I won’t do that one day!