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May 15, 2006 08:43 PM

Best Fried Chicken?

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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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  1. my favorite - Popeye's Cajun

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    1. re: galebrowne

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


      1. re: sivyaleah

        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.

        1. re: fara

          aye aye-ditto on Popeye's regular.

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

          1. re: eve

            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.


    2. 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.


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

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        1. re: BackyardChef

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

          1. re: BackyardChef

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

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


            1. 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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              1. re: Ben

                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.

                1. re: Ora

                  I know , I 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.......