SuperCrisp, a new Midtown sandwich spot run by Ima alumnus Mike Ransom, has a menu that looks as American as burgers and fries, but spins them in an Asian direction -- deliciously.
No dish demonstrates this better than the dish called Oki Fries, which takes plain old American potatoes and marries them to Japanese toppings.
A mountain of crisp shoestring fries are fully dressed in a tangy, spiced blend of chili and lime sea salt, guaranteeing a plate full of flavor well before the toppings are piled on. Thin, rosy shavings of pickled ginger add a sweet and spicy bite, while rings of chopped scallions introduce a peppery note and crunch. Shreds of nori are small in size — almost like flakes of fish food — but bold in flavor, offering a distinct umami taste with a hint of the sea.
Like the mustard and onions finishing touch to a great Coney, SuperCrisp’s Oki Fries are scribbled with creamy Kewpie and Oki Sauce, a deliciously sweet dressing something like a hoisin sauce.
...If you close your eyes, it’s like a deconstructed vegetarian sushi roll, subbing rice for hot fries.
That's a lot of words to describe a big ol' order of fries, but we'll add just a few more: We tried them last winter, and they were fantastic.