Fry Anything at Chip Shop
Today is Guy Fawkes Day, the English holiday to celebrate Guy’s failed plot to blow up parliament. People celebrate by chanting “Remember, remember the fifth of November” and burning effigies of Guy. Admittedly, I didn’t know about the holiday until high school when it was featured in an episode of Daria, but I immediately support any celebration that involves fire. It’s a little bit difficult to celebrate in NYC thought, because people don’t really have yards so there’s no place to burn effigies. But New York is the perfect place to eat your way through holidays from other countries.
For Guy Fawkes Day, or anytime you want something greasy, you should go to Chip Shop. As their name suggests, they specialize in English Style fish and chips with the golden colored batter and mountain of thick cut fries (a full order is about $12, but you can probably get two meals out of it). If you’re not much of a fish person, you can order other hearty traditional English foods, like steak and kidney pie, haggis, fried macaroni, mushroom and chicken pie, baked beans on toast. They’ve also got a huge selection of English beers, that get served in very tall, large glasses. While the fish and chips are pretty tasty, the best part of Chip Shop is actually their semi-secret menu item: they will fry anything you bring them for $3.50. This means you can bring them any bodega treat (like Zebra Cakes, Moon Pies, fruit pies, Nutter Butters, Oreos, etc) and they will cover it in batter and fry it for you. And I speak from extensive research that Twix bars do taste better when they’re a bit melty and covered with a golden, crunchy, glistening batter.
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