Jury Duty Lunch No. 1: Potato Republic in New City


I’m posting this live from Potato Republic in New City, where the french fries are hand-cut and the wifi is free.


Truly amazing fries. Crispy on the outside, soft and puff on the inside. Skins still on. And two dips: Jamaican curry and peanut sauce. There’s a choice of more than 20, including Caesar, ranch, bbq and a ton more.

The place looks more like a coffee shop than a restaurant. And it works like that too. You place your order at the counter and then sit down. They bring you the food:


There are couches and more comfortable chairs in a raised area near the front window:


I also got the lentil soup:


Nice on a chilly fall day. But a little one-dimensional. And a bit too much black pepper for my taste.
The menu also offers wraps (a lot of people are ordering wraps), salads, pasta dishes and burgers and sandwiches.

Jury duty pros:
You can walk from the courthouse.
Free wifi.
Delicious fries.
Friendly service.
Quiet place to work.

Jury duty cons:
You can walk from the courthouse. I see my court reporter ordering lunch at the counter as I write this.
Not sure how the other food is.

Jury duty rating: Three out of four gavels.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. Aside from the fries, I tend to order the wraps. Roasted veggie, goat cheese, and I want to say it was like a Cesar wrap are definite favorites.

  2. free ice cream with any other purchase this is the daughter of the owner soo its true okay go there

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