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Best fried chicken?

I'm coming into Manhattan and have a jones for some fried chicken. Does anyone have any reccomendations for good fried chicken in Manhattan. I don't feel like heading into Brooklyn for Bojangle's unless I have to.

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  1. you might want to head to Brooklyn anyway...word on the street is that Egg in Williamsburg serves some of the best fried chicken in the city.

    135A N 5th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    1. Although I have never been there, I've heard good things about it.


      1. bon chon. not southern fried but pretty damned yummy

        1. I personally like Piece of Chicken which is on 45th between 8th and 9th. It's take out only, but it's really good. Super fresh and usually a line out the door. Also very inexpensive (a piece is a $1.) I think they add a touch of ginger to the batter. Sounds weird, but it really is good - gives a bit of zing. They have great collards there too.

          For sit down, I like Blue Ribbon Bakery (Downing St in Village) or Blue Ribbon (in Soho.)

          Here's a pretty good thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/556029

          Good eating...

          1. I had the fried chicken + waffles at Back Forty and loved it - really crisp, moist and flavorful. Bon Chon is also always awesome for korean style fried chicken.

            Back Forty
            190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

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            1. re: aesis

              I'll add my two cents, for whatever it's worth.
              Bon Chon totally ruined it for me, since I've tried them there's no other fried chicken on earth for me. I just wish they were cheaper and the service faster. I wish there was a take-out kind of place, I don't always feel like sitting there with loud music and people watching. But their chicken... man, oh man.

              1. re: RedVelvet

                I agree w/ this 100% -- I also hate their slow service and bad music... but the chicken lures me in all the time.

                1. re: uwsister

                  i rarely have specific food cravings.

                  except bonchon

                2. re: RedVelvet

                  But where are they located? I can't seem to get that info from their website.

                  1. re: mahler5

                    5th Avenue, K-town, second floor.

                    And as D...DF notes, Bon Chon sold its recipe to the newish Boka, which now makes chicken in the same style (haven't had it there yet).

                    314 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

                    9 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

                    1. re: squid kun

                      It's really great and possibly even better. Plus quick takeout and delivery.

                      1. re: D...DF

                        Thanks! It sure looked good, and just like what they serve on Fifth Avenue.

                        I was just killing time at Boka over sake and edamame, but I'm curious about the rest of the snackish Korean/Asian menu. Anyone checked it out?

                        1. re: squid kun

                          The kimchee pancake and squid balls are both delicious and greaseless.

                          1. re: squid kun

                            I have to say that Boka would definitely beat out BonChon for me. I really disliked the dark atmosphere with loud music and coffee tables at BonChon. The waitstaff at Boka was also much more attentive - a couple of them came by throughout our meal. We were never rushed and everyone was pleasant.

                            As for the other dishes, they were fine. We got the seafood pancake and spicy tuna rice cake. I can't say either were particularly memorable nor would I go out of my way for it. The chicken wings was a little drier than BonChon's but considering how much better the service was at Boka, I don't think I'll be going back to BC anytime soon

                            1. re: kelea

                              i never had bed service at bon chon. yeah it is loud. and quite a scene. but i never had service i would consider bad.

                    2. re: RedVelvet

                      Check out Bon Bon Chicken downtown (Church & Chambers). Good, Korean style fried chicken, but more of a take-out place. Still not the fastest service, but infinitely faster than Bon Chon.

                      1. re: RedVelvet

                        If you are ever in Queens, you should check out UFC (Ultimate Flying Chickens). Very similar to Bon Chon and you can get it for takeout or you can sit there with it. It's damn good and cheaper than Bon Chon.

                        1. re: Taylor.Watson

                          I am, and actually kind of close to them - I live in Sunnyside. However, I've always been discouraged to try them by accounts of long wait - 40 minutes or so. One day I'll gather the patience though.

                          Boka sounds great, too. Thanks!

                    3. Haven't been to Bon Chon yet, but my favorite is Charles' Southern Kitchen. It's a hole in the wall, but dear God, is it good!


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                      1. re: Arkilokus

                        I heard Charles Southern Kitchen closed (not sure if it's temporarily)

                      2. Here's my favorite fried chix thread. I'd add Redhead to the mix. Bon Chon ain't bad but not Southern fried.


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                        1. re: guttergourmet

                          if the question was best southern friend chicken i wouldnt have said bon chon - maybe amy ruth;s

                        2. IMHO Rack and Soul on W. 109 and Broadway is really excellent. Charles Southern Kitchen is closed and most likely will not reopen but his recipe is used at Rack and Soul. They also use his recipe for ribs which also IMHO are out of this world.

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                            1. re: CalorieBurner

                              There was an altercation in front of his store in early November and one of the folks involved got into a car and drove it clear through the store basically destroying the place which forced Charles to close.

                              1. re: mitchell

                                That's a great story, but I don't think it helped that they were selling big batches of soggy chicken, and sides that had a film over them from sitting too long. Prices could be dirt cheap if you ordered right, but I think business had dropped of.

                                1. re: sugartoof

                                  So true.
                                  I could not believe how poor Charles' was for all the hype.
                                  I had had Rack n Soul which sucked but I figured the original would be at least good to great.
                                  Neither, not even close. I wish all people who make claims could have blind taste tests, then we would see.
                                  And yes, I had it "fresh" out da kitchen.

                                  1. re: dietndesire

                                    I'm horribly, horribly bummed about Charles's. I heard the place could be hit or miss (as sugartoof and dietndesire attest), but I always had good luck there. The chicken was just divine.

                                    I agree that Rack and Soul is a decent substitute for Charles's. Only problem is it's over-priced. I used to live 5 blocks away from Amy Ruth's. Maybe I just had bad luck, but I was never all that impressed with the fried chicken. Perhaps I'd feel differently if I'd tried the chicken and waffles instead of just the straight up fried chicken.

                                    Still need to try Bon Chon etc. Damn, I'm hungry now.

                                    Happy chowing, everyone!

                                    1. re: Arkilokus

                                      Rack & Soul has a special going on till January 20. Entree + 2 sides + dessert + soft drink for $15 (lunch) or $20 (dinner) -- I don't think fried chicken is spectacular though.

                                      1. re: Arkilokus

                                        Just tried Amy Ruth's and it's still great. I think part of it is a matter of preference though. I like white meat, and prefer a large size breast piece, with a crispy thick crust, and meat that's well done, on the dryer side but not without moistness. That's what Amy Ruth's does well but from reviews, that's clearly not everyone's ideal. Some people like their chicken to be the chicken version of rare (which I think is undercooked), with a light barely there crust. The other thing is, if you like dark meat, and someone is reviewing the white meat...well then who then it's a whole other ballgame sometimes.

                                        The waffles at Amy Ruths are darn good too though. I'd like to think there was better in the city, but I've yet to find it. Shark Bar is good too.

                                        1. re: sugartoof

                                          We hit Amy Ruth's whenever we're in NY. We LOVE it. And waffles weren't and aren't something we ever order but theirs are great. And I think the chicken plenty well cooked but still moist and oh-so crunchy. We won't be back til June so I'll just have to dream about it :)

                            2. Bon Chon, Boka, Amy Ruth's (chicken and waffles)

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                              1. re: D...DF

                                The music is way to loud in Bon Chon but the chicken is way to good tostop going there.

                                1. re: ElZiegle

                                  Boka serves Bon Chon Chicken and is marginally quieter.

                              2. Blue Ribbon has some pricey but delicious fried chicken (which I like to pair with some oysters)

                                1. Popeye's - never ceases to amaze me. Fantastic and best to go to one uptown on a Sunday when the after-church crowd is out and about - it is some of the best and most fun people-watching in the city and seeing it while munching on a juicy fried chicken thigh and sipping soda while staring out the window is a great thrill (to this gal, at least)!

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                                  1. re: chocolatebirthdaycake

                                    Popeyes really does depend on location, and how fresh the fry is, but it's true, when compared to what I got from Charle's Southern, and other places, it's a winner.

                                    1. re: sugartoof

                                      Haven't had Popeye's since I was 6. Or maybe I never had it or maybe I was a little older.
                                      At least it is cheap and overall gets decent kudos which are believable. Imagine if they used really good chicken.
                                      Blue Ribbon? Yikes and at the price they rob for it, super yikes.

                                    2. re: chocolatebirthdaycake

                                      I also like popeyes, i first had it in Louisiana where they started. I had great fried chicken on 32nd st. upstairs, no sign in english, i think it was 3rd floor. they had a big bar and tables in front. Loud music and lots of young korean clientele. They also had some noodle dishes and more.. The fried chicken was very good. It was between Bway and 5th on the South side of the street.

                                    3. Ditto the Egg recs. Not in Manhattan but Williamsburg ain't far away and god that Chicken Sandwich was good.
                                      Also ditto Piece of Chicken. It's 1 dollar for a yummy fresh fried piece of chicken! I don't even know how they make money.
                                      Would like to add Dirty Bird to Go, my favorite nabe place to the mix. They have yummy sauces too for dipping, even if they are a bit bougie.

                                      Also F Blue Ribbon Bakery. Overpriced and hoity-toity.