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.
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.
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.