Eat At Maoz For The Belgian Fries
At first glance, the allure of Maoz Vegetarian is the top notch salad bar with which you can construct a pretty substantial falafel sandwich. Although I wouldn’t count their falafel as best in Midtown (in my opinion, that accolade belongs to Taim, even though it came in second in the 2011 reader’s poll), the endless toppings are a big (and messy!) draw. But, the reason I go to Maoz? The Belgian fries.
In his initial review of the 40th street location, Zach was ho-hum about the fries, speculating that they were probably frozen. That could be true, but that doesn’t mean they’re not great! I was happy to wait a couple extra minutes, since the fries are made to order. Served in a cone, they arrived piping hot. I tried one fry before taking my Junior Meal Deal to go. Crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside, the fries had just the right amount of salt on them. And, when I got back to my desk, the fries were still piping hot and delicious. (That never happens!) My only complaint is that I enjoy ketchup with my fries, and I realized I wasn’t given any. Solution: dip fries in the cilantro sauce (not the tahini sauce — I tried it, and it’s way too bitter) meant for my pita!
Maoz Vegetarian, 683 8th Avenue (Btn 43rd+44th St)