Update 01/15/2020: Unfortunately, Fryguys has permanently closed.

During my recent day trip to NYC, I went to EEEEEATSCon and left hungry. Thankfully, I made a list of places to go after while I was on the bus ride up there. I know myself well enough that I knew I wasn’t going to be at that event for 6 hours by myself.

I had a couple of dessert spots in SoHo on my list, so I hopped on a train back to Manhattan. After walking in the weird weather that day through droves of people styled like Tumblr, I finally made it to Dominique Ansel’s bakery…and saw the long line. It’s wild that the line has been long since I’ve known of its existence. I quickly dipped and looked for the hot spot, Bar Pa Tea, to get some ice cream. Another. long. line. I chose not to give up and went to another place on my list. I needed something to hold me over.

Creamy Peach drink at C Tea NYC
Creamy Peach at C Tea NYC


Thankfully, CTea didn’t have a line and plenty of options to choose from. I finally narrowed it down to the Creamy Peach, which was as delicious as it looked! I would absolutely get this perfectly fruity drink again. It was so rewarding to finally get something I’ve been wanting to try after being let down twice and before I was let down again.

I decided dinner would be S’MAC. Unfortunately, my favorite location in Murray Hill had been shut down. I had quite a few good college memories there. I frequented that location with my friends and went there with my family for my graduation day lunch.

S’mac’s only location in NYC is in the East Village. I had a bit of a walk, and when I finally got there, it was packed. I should’ve listened to my gut…I had a feeling that I should have just gone to another place on my list. Luckily, the next place on my list was only a 15-minute walk away.

I didn’t mind walking that long, even though my feet were hurting. I had walked so much that day. I finally reached an empty Fryguys. No line? Finally eating a meal? I could’ve cried! (Okay…not really, but close.)

Mac & cheese tater tots from Fryguys
Mac & cheese tater tots from Fryguys

I loved the atmosphere in this place. The music was amazing. The decor was poppin. The employees were super nice. All of the menu options sounded delicious! My heart was set on the mac & cheese tots.

OMG. They were some of the best tater tots I’ve ever had! It’s easily tied with Potatopia on my list of best potato dishes. The tater tots were perfectly crispy. The mac and cheese was super creamy, which I think paired well with the tater tots. It didn’t cost more than $15, and I think it was a good portion for that price. It was definitely filling!

Fryguys' storefront
Fryguys’ storefront


I would go back to Fryguys and C Tea in a heartbeat. I plan on going again the next time I get a chance to visit NYC. If you love tater tots or anything with potato, definitely try this place. You won’t regret it.

Until next time.