Fried pickles are ideal for sharing with a group, and make a good match for a cold beer. Sometimes they’re served as spears and other times as rounds, but fried pickles are almost always served just the way we like them: piled high in a bowl with a dipping sauce that cuts the pickle-y tang.
Here are a few of our favorite places that are doing fried pickles right.
RRQ, New Rochelle
The contemporary Southern barbecue joint in the former On the Waterfront at the New Rochelle Marina serves Mason-Dixon fried pickles as an appetizer, with bowl of spicy Louisiana-style remoulade for dipping. The portion is large so it’s a good bet to share with a table of friends. RRQ’s family-friendly atmosphere during the daylight hours turns more mature Friday and Saturday evenings, when local DJs are invited in to entertain. And the restaurant features a wide range of cocktails they call a tribute to “American drink culture.” Go: 2 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, 914-365-1556, doubleRQ.com.
Cedar Street Grill, Dobbs Ferry
Chef and co-owner Matt Kay fries round pickle slices in a cornstarch-based beer batter and that is light yet crunchy. The pickles are served piping hot out of the fryer alongside a tangy red pepper dip. Cedar Street Grill offers comfort food in the best possible way — down-home classics made from fresh ingredients that Kay tries to keep as local as possible. We also like chicken and waffles for brunch, and the mac and cheese, which has thick chunks of bacon, toasted breadcrumbs and a scattering of herbs. Go: 23 Cedar St., Dobbs Ferry. 914-674-0706, www.cedarstreet grillny.com .
Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers
The combination movie theater-restaurant offers fried dill pickle spears, served with housemade creamy buttermilk ranch. The snack is not too messy, so it’s an easy one to enjoy while watching the movie. We like it as a shared appetizer with a cold beer before moving on to one of the burgers. And word to the wise: wind up your movie dining with a baked-to-order warm cookie. Go: 2548 Central Park Ave., Yonkers, 914-226-3082, drafthouse.com.
Memphis Mae’s BBQ Bistro, Croton-on-Hudson
Fried Pickles are sliced in bite size rounds and placed in a jalapeño brine for 36 hours before they are battered and fried. Memphis Mae’s is Southern barbecue meets urban bistro, with ribs, pulled pork, barbecued brisket or shrimp. After your fried pickles appetizer, we like the smoked-catfish hush puppies, pulled chicken and barbecued meats served on top of romaine. Go: 173 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-0125. www.memphismaes.com.
Craftsman Ale House, Harrison
Beer battered kosher dills are can be enjoyed as an appetizer, or atop the Rueban Burger along with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing all on a toasted brioche bun. Craftsman is a beer-centric neighborhood bar that cares about the quality of what fills the flights, growlers and pints. The menu is offers pairing suggestions with any item, as well as a build-your-own burger option. Go: 235 Harrison Ave., 914-630-7484, www.the-craftsman-ale-hou se.com.
Burke’s Bar, Yonkers
Pickles are sliced in long, thin strips and then beer battered deep fried with a side of chipotle mayo. With 20 HDTV’s, two wide-screen projectors and an indoor balcony that allows a view from every seat in the house, Burke’s is a great spot to watch New York sports. Weekly specials include $2 drafts during happy hour, 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays, and $10 pitchers during NFL Sundays. Go: 645 Bronx River Road, Yonkers, 914-237-5137, www.burkesbar.com.
The Bayou, Mount Vernon
Seasoned, crispy pickle slices are served in a heaping dish with two different dipping sauces: a spicy remoulade and a more mild buttermilk. A prime destination for fans of blues and zydeco, this funky spot serves Cajun food in a festive atmosphere. Also on the menu: gumbo, shrimp, po’boys, catfish, wings, meatloaf and salads. Go: 580 Gramatan Ave. 914-668-2634, www.bayou restaurantny.com .
Burger Barn, Somers
Fried pickle rounds come out in a basket (about 15 slices per order) with an oniony, cream based dill sauce (sort of like tzatziki but with mayonnaise instead of Greek yogurt). In the former home of Seasons, owner Justin Tesone reopened in April as the Burger Barn — a casual, family friendly restaurant. Go: 289 New York 100, Somers, 914-276-0600