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Sadie Mae's

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Last week we checked out Sadie Mae's based on posts here that were pretty positive. We were in the area and hungry for fried chicken so it seemed ideal. Our experience was anything but ideal, however. The dining room, which had a rather messy unfinished look, had no air conditioning and felt like a sauna. We were ready to walk out but the waitress suggested we try the garden. It was just barely tolerable (it was a very hot, humid night) so we stayed. That may have been a mistake since I was attacked by mosquitoes within minutes of sitting down. My legs now look like they've been through a shredder...but I digress. The very sweet waitress took our order quickly but there was a ridiculously long wait for the food. Not sure what was taking so long because they weren't exactly busy - we were the only ones in the place. After about 45 minutes our food came out, one order at a time (there were four of us). It took nearly ten additional minutes for all of us to be served. Now about that fried chicken - the portions were large but it was mediocre. The leg had that rubbery, chewy texture that indicates undercooked chicken. The breast had the opposite problem - it was dry and overcooked. The thigh and wing were cooked appropriately. The seasoning was bland and needed, at a bare minimum, more salt. Sides were good but nothing special. The corn muffin was too sweet for my taste and too crumbly - it fell apart immediately. The staff was very nice, and the woman who appeared to be the owner thanked us for coming, so I wish I could like the place, but based on the overall quality of the food and the experience, I won't go back. Which brings me to a bigger issue - why is southern food in NYC so terrible? I say this as someone who grew up in the south and who is always searching for good southern food up here, with not much luck.

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  1. I got takeout when it first opened. I agree with your descriptions of the food. My girlfiend and I are not as critical as other Chowhounders and we just couldn't find anything good about the meal.