It's a Canadian invasion in NYC
Poutine, P.E.I. Mussels, Tim Hortons. If these Canadian food staples are unfamiliar, chances are they won’t be for long.
Canada’s signature munchie dish, poutine, is about to get its own eatery on the Lower East Side.
Uptown, the first U.S. outpost of a popular seafood restaurant on Prince Edward Island is thriving.
And Tim Hortons, Canada’s go-to coffee and doughnut chain recently went from zero locations to 12, virtually overnight.
It used to be relatively difficult to find authentic poutine — piping-hot French fries drenched in thick gravy and topped with melting cheese curds. That’s all changing.
T-Poutine, 168 Ludlow St., btwn Stanton and Orchard sts, 646-833-7444
T-Poutine, a casual eatery dedicated to bringing classic poutine ($3-$5) and a handful of poutine variations to revelers day and night, will open on the Lower East Side any day. Hotel Griffou
Hotel Griffou, 21 W. 9th St., 212-358-0228 ext.1
This sexy new restaurant serves its own, decadent version of Poutine. Via Twitter, Freeman’s owner William Tigertt predicted that the duck confit poutine ($12) will be “the new artery clogging crack for downtown set.”
174 E. 82nd Street, btwn Lexington and Third aves, 212-717-7772
NYC restaurateur Robert Shapiro brings a taste of Prince Edward Island to the Upper East Side. The specialty is P.E.I. mussels, widely considered the best farm-raised mussels available.
In fact, the mussels here are often driven directly from P.E.I. farms, where they are served 23 different ways (all between $16-$20). The Maine (lobster, smoked bacon, corn, white chowder, parsley) pairs beautifully with a Unibroue ‘Maudite’ beer from Quebec brewery Unibroue.
Décor elements, too, are all either from Flex Mussels in Charlottetown or imported from the island.
There are 12 locations in NYC. Visit timhortons.com for a list.
In one of the most ambitious debuts in recent memory, a dozen Dunkin’ Donuts locations were transformed into Tim Hortons over a weekend earlier this month. 80 percent of Canadians get their daily coffee fix at Tim Hortons.
Start out with a cup of coffee and an assorted bag of doughnut holes, called Timbits, which come in seven flavors: original, chocolate, sour cream, old fashioned, honey-dipped,maple and blueberry cake.