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Best Fried Chicken?

MidTown Jimmi May 15, 2006 08:43 PM

A friend of mine wants to go out for some really fine fried chicken on his upcoming birthday. Where do people think the best fried chicken in the city is?


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    galebrowne RE: MidTown Jimmi May 15, 2006 09:11 PM

    my favorite - Popeye's Cajun

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      sivyaleah RE: galebrowne May 15, 2006 09:54 PM

      I hate to say it because they are a chain but I'm totally addicted to Popeye's cajun too.


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        fara RE: sivyaleah May 16, 2006 07:46 AM

        I love Popeye's regular. I haven't had juicier fried chicken.

        btw, I think fried chicken must be defined as bone-in chicken deep fried. re: 44 and x is not fried chicken, but fried boneless chicken breast.

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          eve RE: fara May 16, 2006 10:12 AM

          aye aye-ditto on Popeye's regular.

          how about Popeyes and champagne and caviar for a birthday picnic??

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            augieland RE: eve May 16, 2006 01:31 PM

            Can't support a market for franchise food (except Dunkin Donuts coffee for some reason) so I can't tell you if anything about PopeyeÂ’s chicken, but I can say a perfect pairing is good pink champagne, (try Krug) and fried chicken. The right caviar would make sense as well but with the wine, chicken, and sturgeon population considered I would go American.

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      leslie RE: MidTown Jimmi May 16, 2006 02:52 AM

      i had some really good fried chicken from 44 and X. they paired two nice pieces of fried chicken breast with chive waffles. though the waffles weren't impressive, the fried chicken was really moist and was nice and crisp.

      Link: http://www.nymetro.com/listings/resta...

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        BackyardChef RE: MidTown Jimmi May 16, 2006 10:22 AM

        If you want to skip Popeye's (which is tasty), Blue Ribbon and Maroons both have excellent fried chicken....

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          Andrew P. RE: BackyardChef May 16, 2006 11:11 AM

          Second Blue Ribbon. Cayenne pepper (I believe) in the batter gives it a little kick. It's good stuff.

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            Senor Popusa RE: BackyardChef May 16, 2006 06:40 PM

            Maroons is my fave.... the chicken is fried just right and is juicy

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            augieland RE: MidTown Jimmi May 16, 2006 01:25 PM

            Maroon's is hands down the runaway winner, unless its breakfast then Pink Tea Cup

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              Ben RE: MidTown Jimmi May 16, 2006 02:22 PM

              Blue Smoke makes a really tasty, moist fried chicken. Dine downstairs in Jazz Standard and make a night of it.....

              Surprisingly, Rack and Soul's fried chicken doesn't impress. It's ribs and other BBQ does, though.

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                Ora RE: Ben May 17, 2006 12:30 AM

                Interesting that you found the fried chicken at Rack & Soul unimpressive since Charles (of Charles' Fried Chicken) is the soul food chef there--so essentially its the very same fried chicken that everyone is raving about in posts in this thread.

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                  Ben RE: Ora May 17, 2006 02:12 PM

                  I know , I know.....it should be the same but, really, it isn't. Not sure what's lacking. While Charles is listed as the soul food chef, at least on the two times I've tried it (both Sundays, hmmm) someone else must be 'executing' his recipes, with less than stellar results. I have been to Charles' original place near W155th over the years and absolutely love it, so I too am wishing for better things for Rack & Soul's fried chicken. Again, I did enjoy the rest of the menu, just not the fried chicken (admittedly holding it to a very high standard). Maybe I'll try it on a Thursday.......

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                T. Pigeon RE: MidTown Jimmi May 16, 2006 02:34 PM

                Don't know if it is the best but I like Charles Southern Style Kitchen.

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                  surly RE: T. Pigeon May 16, 2006 03:55 PM

                  i second charles southern style kitchen. i always get a freshly prepared batch to go whenever i'm planning a picnic in the park with a group of friends, and everyone's always really impressed.

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                  MidTown Jimmi RE: MidTown Jimmi May 18, 2006 10:39 PM

                  Thanks for all the great suggestions! Going to decided on one Monday.

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                    djalexis RE: MidTown Jimmi Jun 22, 2006 11:22 PM

                    I don''t like the homogenization of neighborhoods with fast food chains. But Popeye's Spicy really nails it and you can usually find one. I am soo excited to compare charlies, Blue Ribbon and Maroon's now! (p.s.I agree True fried chicken is bone in only--plus any real fried chicken connoisseur would have to agree that Thighs would HAVE to be served as they are the most flavorful juicy part-- white meat is flavorless and I don't understand why so many people are impressed by its use in cooking-- in any dish!!!) :)

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                      kristah42 RE: MidTown Jimmi Jun 26, 2006 08:55 PM

                      Anyone know what happened to Chicken Stop on the UWS? It was just a take-out/delivery place, but they had the most amazing fried chicken. It closed, probably late last year, but I still fantasize that it will reappear one day. Anyone have the scoop?

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                        Dave Feldman RE: kristah42 Jun 27, 2006 03:16 AM

                        I don't think Chicken Stop was doing well. But the location on the UES is still open (it's on 1st Ave. in the low 90s).

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                          namreb RE: kristah42 Jun 27, 2006 04:53 AM

                          i heard the rent was jacked up

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                          doonies73 RE: MidTown Jimmi Jun 26, 2006 09:14 PM

                          big daddy's diner on park ave has really good fried chicken. They give you four pieces plus fries or tater tots for $12....great deal

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