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Who makes the best fried chicken in Manhattan?

What restaurant has the best fried chicken in NYC?

Upvoted by Terry Kim and 14 others
2839 Frederick Douglass Boulevard #1, New York, NY
priya-singh

Priya Singh

New York

Will someone pay me to eat good food for a living?

Priya Singh

Will someone pay me to eat good food for a living?

Answer found helpful by Tanya Blum and 6 others

The chicken is marinated, then fried expertly in huge iron skillets. The result is the platonic ideal of fried chicken: crunchy/crispy skin, interior very moist without being the least bit greasy. It's just on another plane from most of the fried chicken I've had, and I grew up in the South, so I know some fried chicken.

You can order the fried chicken alone, but I always go for the all-you-can-eat Southern buffet, which at around $10 is a total steal. The buffet will allow you to sample the excellent cornbread, collards greens, okra, etc. as well.

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113 W 116th St, New York, NY
melody-kim

Melody Kim

New York

Branding/PR, food blogging on the side

Melody Kim

Branding/PR, food blogging on the side

Answer found helpful by Sheila Mayo and 3 others

This is a pretty legendary soul food spot in Harlem, and I first heard about it having a conversation about the best fried chicken in the city. It's pretty standard to get a waffle with your chicken here, though I didn't really find the waffle to be anything that special. The fried chicken is certainly some of the best in the city though. Amy Ruth's is up there with Dinosaur BBQ on the list of the places you have to try when you're in Harlem.

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Upvoted by Kaylee Simmons and 10 others
178 Ludlow Street, New York, NY
food-baby

Best food in NY with the cutest baby in NY.

Food Baby

Best food in NY with the cutest baby in NY.

Answer found helpful by Alison Starke and 3 others

Incredible stuff, in addition to just Fried Chicken, but there are definitely a ton of different inventive Fried Chicken & Waffle combos you need to try, like the Chicken Parm & Waffles or the General Tso's style Fried Chicken.

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ksenia-s

Ksenia S

New York City // Provence

http://saffronandhoney.com

I am a cook, food stylist and food + travel writer living in NYC. NYC Dining Editor at VRAI Magazine.

Ksenia S

I LOVE their waffles and flavor combinations but, for whatever reasons, have had lousy luck with the fried chicken...

Reply about 2 years ago

Upvoted by Sheila Mayo and 11 others
349 East 13th Street, New York, NY
brian-kilpatrick

Android developer and passionate cook

Brian Kilpatrick

Android developer and passionate cook

Answer found helpful by Scott Chen and 2 others

This is one my favorite restaurants in the east village, and I've had multiple people mention to me (and I'd agree) that it's the best fried chicken they've had in the city. It's the perfect combination of juicy and crispy. Their entire menu is great, including wonderful cocktails, but if it's your first time definitely try the fried chicken.

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dana-silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Dana Silverstein

Midwest girl, love to cook and dine out in NYC!

Answer found helpful by Sheila Mayo

I'm a fan of pretty much everything Blue Ribbon, and their fried chicken spot is no exception. This is one of my favorite LES spots to drop by, especially if I'm going out in the area. The fried chicken is amazing, but you can never go wrong with the tenders or the chicken sandwich as well.

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Andrew Johnson

New York City

www.roundtable.io

Co-founder of RoundTable

Andrew Johnson

Co-founder of RoundTable

Answer found helpful by Jenny Lee and 6 others

If you have never tried korean fried chicken, you're missing out in life.  They triple-fry it, and it has more of a textured, soft crispiness versus traditional American fried chicken.  I have to say that I definitely prefer it, especially for a place like BonChon that's relatively cheap.

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Jenny Lee

NYC

HTTPS://Instagram.com/pastrylovejen

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Jenny Lee

Pastry Chef, Entrepenuer, Positivity

Yes!!!!!!

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Upvoted by Gianluca ElAmir and 6 others
166 South 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY
ksenia-s

Ksenia S

New York City // Provence

http://saffronandhoney.com

I am a cook, food stylist and food + travel writer living in NYC. NYC Dining Editor at VRAI Magazine.

Ksenia S

I am a cook, food stylist and food + travel writer living in NYC. NYC Dining Editor at VRAI Magazine.

Answer found helpful by Gianluca ElAmir and 2 others

You'll have to wait in line to eat here, most likely, but it will be worth the wait. And that crispy, perfectly golden chicken biscuit is worth the increased risk of a heart attack. Life is short, eat well :).

Add some hush puppies and sweet tea (and don't forget PIE!) and you'll be transported right down south.

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sheila-mayo

Coffee addict and world traveler

Sheila Mayo

Pies n Thighs and Charles Country Pan Fried are the two best in the city!

Reply about 2 years ago

kerry-smith

Kerry Smith

New York

When life gives you limes, just add tequila

Kerry Smith

This is my go-to place for lunch! Glad someone else enjoys it as much as I do!

Reply about 2 years ago

Upvoted by Sheila Mayo and 7 others
100B Forsyth Street, New York, NY
kaylee-simmons

I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.

Kaylee Simmons

I'm on a seefood diet. I see food, and I eat it.

Answer found helpful by Scott Chen and 3 others

The name is pretty spot on here: they serve fried chicken and champagne, a combination that goes together surprisingly well. To prepare the chicken it's dipped in buttermilk and pan-fried one piece at a time, and it comes out perfectly crispy and juicy. Lot's of great appetizers here and of course I recommend getting a bottle of bubbly with your order.

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Upvoted by Gerardo Rodriguez and 4 others
200 E 3rd St, Manhattan, NY
michael-landas

Michael Landas

New York City

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Michael Landas

Chef de Cuisine at Boilermaker

Answer found helpful by Kerry Smith and 17 others

I have to say that this is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart (and blood pressure). I've been to all of these listed places- Charles', Pies & Thighs, The Redhead- and that all do make excellent fried chicken. However, not 2 years ago, when Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth opened up this fun, eclectic little spot in the East Village, the rules of NYC fried chicken changed.

Their chicken is brined in sweet tea. Yes, I said it, and I'll say it again: they brine their chicken in sweet tea. In a world where everyone does some sort of buttermilk marinade for their chicken, it's refreshing to see someone doing a different and tasty take. (For those who don't know sweet tea, please look it up)

When ordered, the chicken is breaded and fried, then dusted with lemon and served with tabasco honey. The first time I took a bite out of one of their chicken thighs, I was ruined for fried chicken and knew it. Juicy, sweet, savory, slightly salty- these are all sensations that I experienced with just the first bite. Further bites only reinforced my beliefs that this was the best fried chicken I've ever had north of the Mason Dixon line, potentially ever.

Reading my review does their chicken no justice, you MUST go there and taste it for yourself. you're really hungry, have it served with their buckwheat waffles and cheddar (but that's for another post.). Thank me later.

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Rebecca Xiao

Wow this sounds SO good! I've heard root n bone is great but didnt know much about what makes it that way. Very interested to try it !

Reply about 1 year ago

gerardo-rodriguez

NYC bartender & specialty cocktail creationist

Gerardo Rodriguez

Number 1 on this list. You said it perfectly!

Reply about 1 year ago

kerry-smith

Kerry Smith

New York

When life gives you limes, just add tequila

Kerry Smith

Great piece about Root & Bone! Shared this with a few of my firends

Reply about 1 year ago

Upvoted by David The Disabled Foodie and 8 others
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David The Disabled Food

New York City

thedisabledfoodie.com

My name is David. I am a 38-year-old foodie living in NYC who happens to be disabled. I use a wheelchair to get around the city. I used to use walking crutches, but that no longer works well for me. I am writing this because as someone who adores food I have noticed a need for accessibility information as it pertains to restaurants, food markets, food events, and anywhere else a foodie might venture. Each time I want to go somewhere, I find myself doing tons of research by phone and online: Is the entrance accessible? Are the bathrooms accessible? How does the staff react to a customer who has a disability? Are the walkways in the establishment able to accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility assistance device? Is there a menu available in Braille for blind patrons? Through my travels through the NYC food world and beyond, I hope to convey as much information about this information and the food itself at all the venues I visit. I will rate each venue on a scale of 1 – 5 (1 being lowest, 5 being highest) on the following factors: Accessibility of the entrance (wide doorway, barriers to entry) Accessibility of the bathrooms (accessibility of the entryway and stalls, grab bars in stalls) Unfortunately, I’m only able to personally evaluate men’s rooms at this time. Accessibility of walkways (wide or narrow, how closely packed is the space) Staff’s reaction to people with disabilities Does the restaurant have a Braille menu? I do my best to look for accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Your suggestions and questions are encouraged. Please post these in the comments section after each post, and I will respond as promptly as possible.

David The Disabled Foodie

My name is David. I am a 38-year-old foodie living in NYC who happens to be disabled. I use a wheelchair to get around the city. I used to use walking crutches, but that no longer works well for me. I am writing this because as someone who adores food I have noticed a need for accessibility information as it pertains to restaurants, food markets, food events, and anywhere else a foodie might venture. Each time I want to go somewhere, I find myself doing tons of research by phone and online: Is the entrance accessible? Are the bathrooms accessible? How does the staff react to a customer who has a disability? Are the walkways in the establishment able to accommodate a wheelchair or other mobility assistance device? Is there a menu available in Braille for blind patrons? Through my travels through the NYC food world and beyond, I hope to convey as much information about this information and the food itself at all the venues I visit. I will rate each venue on a scale of 1 – 5 (1 being lowest, 5 being highest) on the following factors: Accessibility of the entrance (wide doorway, barriers to entry) Accessibility of the bathrooms (accessibility of the entryway and stalls, grab bars in stalls) Unfortunately, I’m only able to personally evaluate men’s rooms at this time. Accessibility of walkways (wide or narrow, how closely packed is the space) Staff’s reaction to people with disabilities Does the restaurant have a Braille menu? I do my best to look for accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Your suggestions and questions are encouraged. Please post these in the comments section after each post, and I will respond as promptly as possible.

Answer found helpful by Sheila Mayo and 1 other

I love their fried chicken! Especially the kind that has the unexpected cinnamon flavor in the breading. That is such a genius addition.

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Andrew Johnson

New York City

www.roundtable.io

Co-founder of RoundTable

Andrew Johnson

Co-founder of RoundTable

Answer found helpful by Sheila Mayo

I personally find Hill Country BBQ to be so-so, but their fried chicken joint is awesome. This is more of a lunch spot, and there's often a massive line that runs outside the door if you get there after 12pm. If you're willing to wait, or at least get there a bit early, the payoff is worth it. I'm a huge fan of the fried chicken as well as the tenders. The biscuits are also great: hot and crumbly, just how I like them.

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Upvoted by Sheila Mayo and 6 others
141 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY
logan-mchenry

NY expat in LA

Logan McHenry

NY expat in LA

Answer found helpful by Alison Starke and 2 others

Fried chicken dinner Monday nights only, like fourteen bucks, killer

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sayat-ozyilmaz

Sayat Özyılmaz

San Francisco

https://www.instagram.com/lauraandsayat/

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Sayat Özyılmaz

Moved to San Francisco, doing Istanbul-themed pop-ups every week with my wife at www.feastly.com/lauraandsayat

Answer found helpful by Morgan Theriault and 6 others

One morning my wife and I were watching the Mind of a Chef with Ed Lee and we got an intense fried chicken craving.

We live on the Upper East Side, which we consider in some ways a dessert of interesting food experiences. And going out to eat on a Sunday morning for a bite of fried chicken was a very risky decision for us. s

When you eat something as simple as fried chicken you plead with the restaurant, please don't disappoint me. And the Writing Room did not disappoint. Juicy buttermilk fried chicken 🍗, waffles and maple syrup, and a side of bacon 🐷!

We didn't try anything else but the fried chicken and it was excellent.

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Morgan Theriault

I've heard good things about writing room but had no idea they had a fried chicken offering here. It looks quite delicious from the photo!

Reply about 1 year ago

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