It's always around this time of year, just a few weeks before Thanksgiving, that my fatty greasy cravings intensify to alarming degrees. Fries are constantly on my mind, along with milkshakes and doughnuts and buttery pastas. It's no wonder, then, that I've found myself at the recently opened T-Poutine on the Lower East Side on far too many occasions. Gourmet? No. Satisfies those greasy hankerings? Oh yes.
I'll tell you first, this is a meal to split if you know what's good for your health. Your heart and cholesterol will forever thank you. T-Poutine is packed on weekend evenings, but during the weekdays, it's frequently empty. Those are the times when I like this place —quiet and with plenty of seating.
T-Poutine serves burgers and steak, but the focus is poutine, and that's what you should get. Go with the classic, a skillet full of fries, doused in house gravy and cheddar cheese curds. The fries are piping hot, fried to order, extra crisp, and the gravy is heavily seasoned and perfectly salty. My one qualm is the cheese curds, which are served a temperature a touch too cool for the poutine—they need a bit more time to soften and melt a little on the fries.
Desserts? The menu promises fresh beignets with maple syrup to dip, but those have yet to be delivered. Fingers crossed it will be soon; nothing like ending a meal of poutine with hot beignets out of the fryer. If that doesn't insulate you for the coming winter, I don't know what will.