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Lobel's Roast Chicken

A week or two ago, when it was so hot, my husband craved roast chicken and I refused to heat the oven up to 550 degrees as is our wont. So, I suggested he stop by Lobel on the way home and pick one up from there, as the aroma wafting outside is always so enticing. A 2.25 lb chicken (yes, I weighed it) was about $20. I thought it was pretty good, my husband was less enthralled, and I think next time I'll remember to order one from Pio Pio instead!

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  1. Oh my! I have wondered how much their chickens are and will not be tempted in the future. FYI: The ones at Gourmet Garage are quite a bit less and pretty good (rosemary or adobo) but Pio Pio is the one to beat.

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    1. re: City Kid

      Yes, I thought of that post as a bit of a public service announcement!

      1. re: MMRuth

        Hi MMRuth,

        Based on your experience, who else have good roast chicken (something in downtown?)

        1. re: kobetobiko

          Check our Fairway--they offer several flavors. Not a bad supermarket chicken and its a bargain at $6.99.

          1. re: Ora

            I've had a Fairway one once at a friend's and it was quite good. Citarella on the UES also sells them, but I've not tried one, and, while I may well be wrong, I don't recall seeing a roaster in the 6th store. It's not something I've ever bought before, actually, so I'm not much help!

            1. re: Ora

              When I used to live on the UWS, I used to get Fairway's "Latin" organic chicken. The organic tasted a lot better than the regular one (juicier), and was only a dollar more. And if you went after 8P (which was all the time since I never got off of work until then), they took a dollar off all of the chickens.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Citarella both East and West have them. Fairway is quite good.. but the fresher the better so the $1 off is not really a good deal

                1. re: msny98

                  Fairway's are good but Zabar's are better; our current favorite is from Malecon.

                  1. re: Striver

                    jefferson market roast chickens are terrific

                    1. re: Striver

                      I second Malecon. I haven't tried all the others, but I prefer it to the Pio Salon (which I think is related to Pio Pio) near us.

        2. Boy, I wondered how much a roast chicken would cost there . . . .

          As for another suggestion, we like the roast chicken at Agata, on east 79th. We generally pull it apart and use it as a base for other salads and the like. Yet, we often go back to Pio Pio, and dunk that chicken in their great green sauce. Served with warm tortillas on the side its a great fast dinner.

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          1. re: comiendosiempre

            What about the place with the roast birds diagonally across from Agata, on First Avenue north of 79th Street? They have chicken and duck and maybe other birds. I had a chicken years ago from there that I thought was good...

            I had a Fairway chicken last week that was okay..white meat was quite dry, though.

          2. Westside Market's are also quite good, especially for $4.99.

            1. Epensive, but beautifully wrapped, I am sure. :)

              1. Ok, this might get a bit off topic but, what about great fried chicken? Anyplace that you recommend where we can take out for a few folks? Nothing fast food like? Thanks

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                1. re: comiendosiempre

                  Rack and Soul or Amy Ruth's--both a solid "good". Great would only be if my Mom fried some chicken.

                2. Dallas BBQ on 72 St & 3rd Ave also has a whole roasted chicken for $6.99. Not sure how it compares in price and taste to the other one mentioned here though.

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                  1. re: G3B

                    Dallas BBQ $6.99 Chicken is flavorless.

                  2. I used to really like the roasted chickens at Gourmet Garage on 7th Ave. South, though only discovered them because its in my neighborhood (I am now about 1.5 years into a boycott of GG). There is now a Pardo's very nearby and I've been meaning to stop in. I've just spent so little in time in the Village as of late...

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                    1. re: vvvindaloo

                      I have what may be similar issues w/ Gourmet Garage - there's one v. near us ....


                      1. re: MMRuth

                        Part yes, part no. Yes, they are horribly overpriced- there is no good reason why items such as French sea salt, Belgian chocolate cookies, and Presto cake flour all cost way more there then anywhere else, including my local Korean grocery and Whole Foods.
                        But the main gripe I had with them is their employees in the Village store. I was a somewhat regular customer there for a good two years, maybe more, and nearly every time I went in, I was harassed by at least one male employee. Sometimes it was very subtle, and I would just get the "feeling" that I was being talked about. Sometimes there would be "humorous" comments that may have been intended as compliments, but I was offended. Then there were the times that I was followed and watched, which was the worst. The last time I was in there, I confronted the main offender, left a full cart of items in the middle of the store,and stormed out. Something about that place gave me the impression that complaints, even of a serious nature, would go unheeded. Especially when the manager would actually watch the check-out people goofing off and ignoring customers. I will not be going back, I don't care how good the rotisserie is :)

                        1. re: vvvindaloo

                          i've never had that experience with the only location i have patronized -- 96th and park -- but i have been treated similarly at other establishments not so much being followed, but the 'humorous comment' deal. not fun, not acceptable, and not conducive to patronage.

                          1. re: david sprague

                            I suppose it can happen anywhere, David. I am not sure about you, but I am talking specifically about sexual harassment.

                      2. re: vvvindaloo

                        Pardo's stopped being good some months ago. The birds got rubbery, as if they were buying from a different source. Now that place is something new. I also boycott GG. There certainly weren't any deals to be found there.

                        1. re: sing me a bar

                          oops, I really have been spending too much time away from my little apartment (and its environs). I guess I missed my chance, huh?

                      3. Pio Pio is amazing! Particularly the sauces!

                        My Foodie Blog: http://www.thursdayclubnyc.com

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                        1. re: thursdayclubjason

                          There used to be a PIO PIO in Soho, but no replacement exists in the Village, right??