All Hail The French Fry
At European Republic
By Amanda Lindner / firstname.lastname@example.org
Despite attempts to cut holiday weight, there is one little
thing I treat myself to every now and then. OK, maybe it's
not so little. My guilty pleasure? Big, hearty crispy potato
wedges from European Republic, formerly known as Potato Republic.
With their multicultural assortment of sauces and dishes,
both names are perfectly fitting.
In most restaurants, French fries are the side dish - the
item to fill up the plate, the complement to the sandwich.
But can't French fries be more than that? After all, potatoes
were a major contributor to Europe's population growth in
the 19th century (and its ruin earlier during Ireland's potato
famine), and even today, the potato is the world's fourth-largest
food crop, following rice, grain and maize. So the Foodies
say, all hail the French fry! And that is exactly what European
Located at 339 New York Ave., European Republic is the home
of the French fry, well, the Dutch fry. Before introducing
them to Huntington, owner Aziz Yosofi, originally from Afghanistan,
was taught how to make the hand-cut potatoes in Amsterdam.
While the potato wedges are twice-fried, they don't leave
behind a puddle of grease and their crisp, golden-brown outside
is a delicious complement to their white mashed potato-like
inside. The fries are served in paper cones and made fresh
to order so you can hear the canola oil crackle as you wait.
While this Foodie is now convinced that fries can be the star
of any meal, I'm not one to eat them plain. Luckily there
are 21 different dips to choose from.
Avocado, Parmesan, barbeque cheddar, roasted eggplant, lemon
dill, blue cheese, mango chutney - take your pick. The one
dip you won't find is plain ketchup. However, the European
ketchup, a zesty blend of ketchup and mayonnaise, is a favorite
among customers. To make things interesting, try the creamy
smoked salmon, caviar or black olives. To spice things up,
try the Cajun, jalapeño cheddar or Jamaican curry.
Even more appetizing are the prices. The fries start at $2.99
for a small with one sauce, medium size is $3.99 with two
sauces and the triple is $5.49 with three sauces - and enough
to share with all your Foodie friends. If you wanted to give
another sauce a whirl, they come at $0.35 each, and worth
While the fritas are its claim to fame, European Republic
is more than just potatoes. The grab-and-go type storefront
boasts a selection of 24 different wraps from spicy grilled
chicken with goat cheese to chicken curry, and even organic
tofu or roasted vegetables for the vegetarians. The flour
wrap is fresh, the lettuce is crunchy, and the chicken is
tasty. My personal favorite is the chicken and fresh mozzarella.
And yes, the mozzarella is actually fresh.
For about $6 you can get the fries, a half wrap and a drink
at lunch, and a buck more gets you a full wrap. If you're
better at sticking to a diet than I am, the fries are easily
swapped for a soup or salad too. European Republic also serves
Italian-style pastas, which are surprisingly good, and desserts
While mostly a carryout restaurant, the café-style
fry and sandwich joint has six small tables where everyone
from college-age students to business owners come in to enjoy
a lunch set to a mix of Middle-Eastern music and charming
For cheap good eats, and the best French-Dutch fries, it's
339 New York Ave Huntington, NY 11743
Atmosphere: Casual Cuisine: Grab And Go
Price Range: $2-$10 Hours: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.