‘375 Degrees’ is a New French Fries Specialty Shop Opening on Ludlow Street this Spring

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 at 5:12 am by
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​Down on Ludlow Street, rice is now joined by fries.

In the four months since Zing’s Awesome Rice debuted, the other half of the commercial space at 122-124 Ludlow Street remained visibly vacant. The side-by-side stores together previously comprised Seattle-based pizzeria Via Tribunali, which faded in a flame of controversy a year-and-a-half ago. Now this slice of real estate, so to speak, is gearing up for a new tenant. Much like Zing’s, it’s another single-item, fast-casual eatery.

Meet 375 Degrees (stylized 375°), a simple snack shop where French fries are the main order of business. There will be limited seating for customers to dine, mostly countertops with cone holders.

“Our goal is to make the perfect fries, and we’re going the extra mile to do that,” owner Stephane Lemagnen told us in an email. “The thrice-cooked french fries will be served in different sized cones with a dozen original sauces for the customers to pick from.” The menu will also “explore globally-inspired toppings” such as Kimchi and Fried Egg, Banh Mi, Carne Asada or Pastrami and Sauerkraut.

For the record, 375 Degrees will be seeking a beer-wine license at some point. An “interesting selection” of craft beer options and specialty sodas is part of the menu.

“We just want to offer something really satisfying and quick in an unassuming way. We love the people, the neighborhood.”

Opening is slated for June 1, give or take a few days.

(We’re already having flashbacks of T-Poutine, which sputtered six years ago.)

Lemagnen is also the co-founder of Culianary Concept, a food service industry firm that specializes in helping restaurants execute strategies for growth. Clients include Lower East Side businesses like Russ & Daughters and Pop Karma.

So. Thus ends the search to plug the dual vacancies at 122-124 Ludlow. There were listings galore for the better part of the last year.

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