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  1. Most of the southern/soul food joints in the city do fried chicken that's at least competent and often much better than that.

    But the best fried chicken in NYC has to be at Charles' Southern Style Kitchen, Eighth Avenue at 152nd St. (Eighth Avenue that far uptown is also called Frederick Douglass Boulevard.)

    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 from fried chicken. ;-)

    You can order the fried chicken alone, I think, but we 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, blackeyed peas, okra, etc. as well. Go hungry, because you'll be kicking yourself if you can't manage more than one trip to the steam tables.

    - er

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    1. re: enrevanche

      I've gone to Charles' a couple of times and been disappointed. The stuff they bring out is cold and greasy. Maybe if I got it fresh out of the frying pan it would better, but I think it's overrated.

      The best FC I've had is at Corn Bread Cafe, 434 7th Avenue (between 14th and 15th St.) in Brooklyn, 718-768-3838.

      1. re: KRS

        >> I've gone to Charles' a couple of times and been
        >> disappointed. The stuff they bring out is cold and
        >> greasy. Maybe if I got it fresh out of the frying
        >> pan it would better, but I think it's overrated.

        Wow, I'm surprised to hear that. Out of curiosity, were you there at "odd" (that is, non-peak-meal) times? The reason I ask is that when my wife and I have been there, there's usually a crowd, and a pan of fried chicken brought out of the kitchen doesn't have a *chance* to get cold; it's gone pretty fast.

        Thanks for the tip on Corn Bread Cafe; will definitely check it out.

        - er

      2. re: enrevanche

        Enrevanche got it right. Charles's is the best. Worth the trip in spades. Don't leave without a side of stewed Okra & tomato of they have it.

        1. re: enrevanche

          Please listen to KRS's review. The fried chicken at Charles is sub-par according to any standards.

        2. There is a little spot called Chicken Stop on 87th or 88th and Amsterdam that is the best fried chicken I have had yet. Great place to grab the chicken and head to the park for a picnic. Strictly take out.

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          1. re: bj

            I second that place (i think its called Fried Chicken?), it was very good (crispy, flavorful and not too greasy) when I had it last summer.

            1. re: bj

              Chicken Stop!!! I used to live near there and eat it all the time..weird place run by russians you can also get Borscht and other eastern european food...I think their chicken is preetty damn good. juicy, hot crisp and tasty but I wouldn't say its the best. it could use more crust and more spices..but definately worth trying..mmm yummmy.

            2. check out MAROONS version in chelsea. good but not cheap. POPEYES aint too shabby either.

              1. I would have to vote for Jezebel in 9th Avenue.

                --Maria

                1. NOT dirty bird. STAY AWAY.

                  love maroons and popeyes spicy. haven't done charles, been meaning to. amy ruth not bad.