Afternoon Snack: Chili-Mango Potato Chips at Fatty 'Cue
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So you're craving something salty and crispy to tide you over until dinner. Potato chips are just want you want, but you're sick of all your favorite supermarket brands. Utz, New York's favorite? Been there, done that. Cape Cod, perennially excellent? You want a more exciting flavor combination than classic sea salt.
Never fear: Fatty 'Cue's West Village location, now open for lunch Monday through Friday from noon to 3:30, has you covered. Their flawless potato chips, which are served alongside their superior sandwiches, are also available in a generous portion for $3. Three flavors are available: Sour Cream & Onion, Malt Vinegar & Sea Salt, and Chili-Mango. We opted for the last.
The chips are near perfect: crisp but not overcooked, and far from greasy. The coating, a mix of mild chile powder and ground dried mango (perhaps amchoor), is spicy, sweet, tangy, and salty at once—much like traditional barbecue-flavored chips. But way better.
About the author: Lauren Rothman is a Serious Eats intern, a freelance catering chef, and an obsessive chronicler of all things culinary. Try the original recipes on her blog, For the Love of Food, and follow her on Twitter @Lochina186.