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Best Chicken Salad?

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Just ate another lousy korean deli chicken salad sandwich my desk -- the kind where you can taste the canola oil, not the mayo. From a quick search on CH and elsewhere, nobody seems to have much of an opinion about my favorite salad. The best I've had in NYC is from Murray's Bagels -- good chicken, almost too salty but not quite, sets off their sweet bagels nicely. But there must be better -- I know the platonic ideal of chicken salad is out there -- where is it??

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  1. I like the chicken salad at Lenny's (which also happens to be run by Koreans). The ingredients are of high quality and it always tastes fresh. However, I think that it's undersalted so you may want to grab a few salt packets on your way out.

    1. Believe it or not, Citarella's on 6th Ave in the W. Village makes a pretty good curried chicken salad wrap. It has celery, golden raisins, pears, sliced almonds, and a little bit of heat to it. The cs has depth of flavor, and best of all it's not overly sweet like many places tend to make it. At $5, it's hard to beat.

      1. chicken salad gotta be made at home, all the rest is old chicken , I never had good chicken salad. best has been curry chicken salad at Bazzini in Tribeca

        1. William Poll on the UES has a "famous" chicken salad that is quite good. Top of the line quality. Supposedly it was Joan Crawford's (or some other equally famous actress of her generation) favorite. Not too much mayo. Not cheap either. But very good.

          1. i like the chicken salad at grey dog a lot. it has huge chunks of chicken in it, and always tastes fresh. its hearty but not heavy. if you really want to go for the gold you should order their chicken salad melt w/ melted cheddar cheese, avacado and bacon - which i REALLY recommend.

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            1. re: abr269

              Todaro's on Second Ave between 30 and 31 st does a good salad, with white meat chicken, walnuts, raisins, celery and dill bound with thick but not slimy mayo. Only buy when the tray seems full.

            2. i'm constantly searching for it too, but have given up on most delis...

              EJs is the only place i love it- and on challah especially!

              Bloomies (40 carrots) used to be one of my faves, but haven't had it in a while.

              1. All of these sound relly good!

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                1. re: alicg831

                  Mangia's Basil Parmesan chicken salad is incredible.


                2. i like the chicken salad that they sell at Whole Foods Columbus Circle in the kosher section...WF regular chicken salad is just ok, and their so-called "Sonoma Chicken Salad" is downright vile...but for some reason the kosher one is just right: not too much mayo, all white meat...

                  1. Very good white meat chicken salad at -- believe it or not -- Burger Heaven!

                    1. the chicken salad at zeytinz on 40th btwn 5th & 6th is the best in the n'hood that i have found. cafe duke on 41st off 6th isn't bad as well. they both have veggies and don't overload on the mayo.

                      1. It might not be your "ideal chicken salad" but does anyone know a place that makes a great mayo-free one? There was a sandwich shop in Florida that made an incredible chicken salad with no mayo and with cherries and celery. It was unreal! Any NYC spots like that?

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                        1. re: stephaniec25

                          Mangia's isn't mayonaise-y at all. Parmesan and basil.


                          1. re: LeahBaila

                            I like the honey mustard chicken salad at Tal Bagels. Its delicious and so fresh.