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Fried Chicken around Union Square?

waxyjax Jan 14, 2009 07:22 AM

I'm craving fried chicken it so badly and would love to have some on my lunch break. Unfortunately it's insanely cold so I can't trek too far. Any ideas?

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    quizkiddonniesmith Jan 14, 2009 08:22 AM

    Dirty Bird on 204 w 14th streeet is probably your best bet.

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      dick980 Jan 14, 2009 08:49 AM

      Big Daddy's Diner has a terrific fried chicken blue plate big enough for two. And tater tots.

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        sloane Jan 14, 2009 09:18 AM

        I'm pretty sure Chat and Chew has Fried Chicken on their menu. They are at 15th between Union Square and 5th ave.

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          waxyjax Jan 14, 2009 12:07 PM

          ended up at chat n chew since it was close to the office and is usually pretty quick. today, it was unusually slow and the chicken was meh--not that crispy. still did the trick though. will have to try the other places sometime

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            jenhen2 Jan 14, 2009 02:57 PM

            The Redhead is nearby, and I heard it's AMAZING!

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              KTinNYC Jan 14, 2009 08:06 PM

              Redhead is not open for lunch.

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            chipjimi Jan 15, 2009 06:04 AM

            Chat and Chew makes pretty good fried chicken.

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            italianagambino Jan 14, 2009 10:11 AM

            USquare Cafe

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              Lettucepray Jan 14, 2009 02:46 PM

              Popeye's Cajun

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                Lucia Jan 14, 2009 05:13 PM

                When it gets warmer, trek to Maroons in Chelsea.

                1. bigjeff Jan 15, 2009 11:38 AM

                  haha. popeye's for real.

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                    chet steadman Jan 15, 2009 03:07 PM

                    Birdie's on like 8th & 1st is worth the hike. It's gotten mixed reviews on here, but it's some of the best fried chicken I've had in the city. It's pricey though.

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                      KTinNYC Jan 15, 2009 06:59 PM

                      Has the price at Birdies changed? About $6 for 3 pieces, no? That's basically what Popeye's charges.

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                        chet steadman Jan 15, 2009 07:48 PM

                        Well, I split an 8 piece, mac n cheese, and a half order of biscuits, and--if I recall correctly--it ran us a little over 30 after tip.

                        Granted, the portions were pretty big and the quality was far superior, but this place is well more expensive than Popeye's, counting sides.

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                          KTinNYC Jan 15, 2009 08:06 PM

                          Wow, that is pretty pricey. I live really close to Birdies and I don't eat there often because I'm not a fan of the chicken. It's a style that isn't to my liking. It's basically a shaking of seasoned salt on to chicken and simply battered and fried. I like my chicken marinated overnight for maximum flavor and I like heartier crust but I never thought price was an issue. I'll swing by to check out prices again.

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                      scrittrice Jan 15, 2009 04:49 PM

                      Not traditional fried chicken, and I see you've already eaten it, but I'm a big fan of the chicken schnitzel at Pita Joe's at 14th and 5th. I like to get it over salad (instead of the sandwich) with the tomato/cucumber salad and the beet salad.

                      1. kelea Jan 15, 2009 07:50 PM

                        It's not quite Union Square but Boka's korean fried chicken is mighty tasty! It's on St Marks

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                          Althea Mar 6, 2009 06:09 AM

                          Chat and Chew they do have good fried Chicken although it may not be
                          the best I've had in my lifetime no one beats my grandmas, but it does satisfy many a craving.

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