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oldschoolsally May 26, 2005 10:39 PM

Is Charles still the best fried chicken in NYC?

Looking for extra crispy meaty chicken

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    david sprague RE: oldschoolsally May 27, 2005 10:05 AM

    Charles is still my favorite by a wide margin -- Jacques-Imo's on the UWS is actually very good as well. It seems pricey, but you get four nice pieces (I'm a white-meat fan, and they manage to keep that juicy) with sides for your $.

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      Steve R. RE: david sprague May 27, 2005 10:12 AM

      I've also had some good fried chicken (& sides)at Delta Grill on 9th Ave (W.47th St?), although it's not a destination place. But, if in the neighborhood with a craving for Abita beer and fried chicken(& maybe fried okra and green tomatoes)...

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        BackyardChef RE: Steve R. May 27, 2005 11:11 AM

        Maroons has got some darn good chicken, too.

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          a&w RE: BackyardChef May 27, 2005 02:49 PM

          Second Maroons, though it won't satisfy the heavily battered crowd. Charles is also awesome when freshly fried. Those plus Popeye's would be my suggestions.

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            outofmymind RE: a&w May 27, 2005 08:13 PM

            how can you suggest popeyes...i have seen that before on chowhound. i'm talking fresh homemade fried chicken

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              a320 RE: outofmymind May 31, 2005 09:21 AM

              Just because Popeye's is a fast-food chain doesn't mean that the food isn't "fresh". They do start off with fresh chicken, marinate it in store, and then batter and fry fresh through the day. The fact that many hounds do suggest Popeye's when referring to fried chicken earns the joint some respect.

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                pinkylechat RE: a320 Jun 20, 2007 10:58 AM

                Popeye's? No way! They might have been good years ago, but the 2 Popeyes I'd gone to sucked. Greasy & heavy, flavored with probably just salt & pepper.

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                  KTinNYC RE: pinkylechat Jun 20, 2007 11:15 AM

                  I just came back from the Popeye's on 14th and 6th and the fresh out of the oil spicy was excellent. The batter was crunchy and spicy. Not greasy or heavy at all.

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              BackyardChef RE: a&w Jun 20, 2007 07:55 AM

              I'll also do Popeye's in a pinch, especially piping hot out of the fryer with some biscuits. Yum.

              I had some Fried Chicken from Blue Smoke a few weeks ago at an event they catered in it was surprisingly tasty and moist, even coming out of a chafing dish. I would say it is definitely among the best on the Isle of Manhatta right now.....

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        Steve R. RE: oldschoolsally May 27, 2005 10:06 AM

        Yes, in Manhattan. But I hear that Blue Ribbon makes quite a good version (for much more $$$) as well.

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          mengathon RE: Steve R. Jun 20, 2007 12:27 AM

          Blue Ribbon makes a fantastic version, though it's very much on the light side.

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          Ted RE: oldschoolsally May 27, 2005 11:49 AM

          Where is Charles, can't find it on menupages.

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            Steve R. RE: Ted May 27, 2005 11:58 AM

            Charles' Southern Style Kitchen, on Frederick Douglass at 151st St, Harlem. Dont expect much (any) ambience & it's a self serve buffet, unless you're going for take out. Try to catch the chicken when it first comes out -- unbelievable.

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              Ted RE: Steve R. May 27, 2005 03:30 PM

              Thanks, I'm going to be in that area this weekend and now know where I'm having my lunch.

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                samiam123 RE: Steve R. Jun 20, 2007 01:55 PM

                Charles cooks at Rack and Soul on 109th and Broadway-it is his recipe and quite delicious. Also, a much nicer ambiance too

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                  Uptownflavor RE: samiam123 Jun 20, 2007 08:21 PM

                  They also sell Charles' at 125th and Lenox next to the Starbuck's...not that I am advocating his chicken...I think I would opt for Popeye's as some posters have already done.

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              sam RE: oldschoolsally May 27, 2005 01:31 PM

              not traditional fried chicken but the ginger fried chick at lovely day is really nice. they have smaller pieces, not battered but the flav delish.

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                andrew RE: sam Jun 3, 2005 01:12 PM

                Good call on lovely day. I lived on their ginger chicken too (although it can be crazy greasy on occasion). They seemed to have altered the recipe in the last month and now use less batter making for a lighter coating. I liked in better the way it was before.

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                sam the man RE: oldschoolsally May 27, 2005 03:58 PM

                Charles' is still very good, but my vote for the best goes to the good ol' M & G, on 125th. "Old fashion but good!" (sic)

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                  cho231 RE: sam the man Jun 19, 2007 09:37 PM

                  OK... let me get this straight... did someone JUST trash Popeye's???

                  I'm a big fried chicken fiend (from the Chinese "zha zhi", Korean-style, Southern-fried, beer-battered, to chicharonne...) and Popeye's, my friends, is a top contender.

                  Yes, the chain down south near Louisiana is better (or at least their dirty rice is), but its better than most of the fried-chicken shacks out there in this city.

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                    gastrognome RE: cho231 Jun 20, 2007 02:38 AM

                    Amy Ruth's

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                      Uptownflavor RE: cho231 Jun 20, 2007 08:25 PM

                      Good point...and don't forget the chicken chain North Carolina...I think even our poor Popeye's might still outshine their chicken thought they have us on the fries and sweet tea!

                  2. Bottom Feeding Foodie RE: oldschoolsally Jun 20, 2007 11:02 AM

                    I agree that Charles is the best in the City. I think Blue Ribbon's is underwhelming all the way down to the honey they serve with it. I do have to mention that Employees Only does have an amazing fried chicken po-boy on the late night menu. The best fried chicken po-boy I have had outside New Orleans.

                    1. Uptownflavor RE: oldschoolsally Jun 20, 2007 12:06 PM

                      Try Margie's Red Rose Diner on 144th right off of 8th Avenue. That is true Southern Style cooking. Better than Charles'.

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