Baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, tater tots, smashed potatoes, thick cut ships, shoestring fries, curly fries, crinkle cut fries, waffle fries…Yeah, I would say that potatoes are pretty versatile! And some genius business person decided to act on it by creating Potatopia–a magical little place where you can make all your potato creation dreams come true.
Following in the footsteps of many other build-your-own establishments like Chipotle and Just Salad/Chop’t, Potatopia operates on the idea that it’s all about choices. You start by picking one the main potato options (mentioned above) as your base, then from there you decided if you want that with butter or olive oil. The next step is deciding your protein with the choices being oven roasted chicken, marinated sirloin steak, spiced beef, BBQ pulled pork, smokehouse bacon, Cajun shrimp, and vegetarian chili (prices vary depending on your choice). Then things start getting really fun when you can add all the toppings you want for free. How about marinated tomatoes? Roasted corn? Hot pepper relish? Broccoli? Olives? So many ways to go here. The last steps are picking your cheese from options like cheddar, Swiss, and pepperjack, and your sauce from a list that includes choices like roasted pepper aioli, curry aioli, mushroom brown gravy, Greek yogurt, and chipotle ketchup. Just know that one cheese and one sauce are included and adding any more of either is extra.
I decided to go with the traditional baked potato, since I was thinking logically here and guessed that that would give me the best/most potato base. Yes, this is serious business. I then added pulled pork, fresh garlic, red onions, parsley, the Parmesan and asiago blend of cheese, and ranch aioli. I admit I could’ve gone a little crazier with the toppings, but as this was my first Potatopia experience, I decided to stick with flavors and combinations I knew. Next time, I’m thinking Cajun curly fries with bacon, roasted jalapenos, roasted mushrooms, cilantro, scallions, garlic, and truffle aioli. Ohhh yeah.
But back to my potato! Because this was still an awesome potato, ya know. Sometimes at these build-your-own places, you’re really in the hands of the workers in regards to how much of the toppings you get. This line of thinking is why I prefer places like 16 Handles to Pinkberry. Let me control how much of each topping I get!! But, the people working there when I went were fairly generous with my baked potato, so that was nice. Plus, it was all quite tasty, too.
If you’re totally into potatoes but not so into making heavy decisions like whether you want steak or shrimp (I kid, I kid), you can order from their signature meals part of their menu where they have pre-made creations like the Nacho Nacho–waffle fries, spiced beef, 3 pepper mix, roasted jalapenos, cilantro, roasted corn, sour cream, and melted cheddar sauce–and the I Think Therefore I Yam–sweet potato crinkle cut fries, roasted chicken, asiago/parmesan cheese, red onions, fresh garlic, and garlic aioli.
So if it wasn’t clear already, let me just sum it up for you. Potato lovers, this is your nirvana.
Baked potato with pulled pork, garlic, red onion, parsley Parmesan/asiago blend, ranch aioli
378 6th Ave
New York, NY 10011