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noob May 9, 2008 11:38 AM

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??

  1. jakew8 May 9, 2008 03:24 PM

    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. BklynBlaise May 9, 2008 03:32 PM

      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.

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        foodwhisperer May 9, 2008 04:50 PM

        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. iluvcookies May 9, 2008 05:25 PM

          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.

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            abr269 May 10, 2008 07:27 AM

            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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              meinNYC May 10, 2008 08:46 PM

              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.

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              PhishFoodie May 12, 2008 10:18 AM

              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.

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                alicg831 Mar 19, 2009 11:28 AM

                All of these sound relly good!

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                  LeahBaila Mar 19, 2009 11:39 AM

                  Mangia's Basil Parmesan chicken salad is incredible.

                  www.thelunchbelle.com

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                  Simon Mar 19, 2009 01:04 PM

                  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...

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                    City Kid Mar 20, 2009 07:35 AM

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

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                      mch Mar 20, 2009 09:23 AM

                      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.

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                        stephaniec25 Mar 20, 2009 10:20 AM

                        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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                          LeahBaila Mar 20, 2009 11:02 AM

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

                          www.thelunchbelle.com

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                            jackieparis Mar 23, 2009 06:42 AM

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

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