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Best Chicken in NY - Almost Any Style??

Hi All,

I am celebrating a birthday for my friend who is mildly obsessed with chicken. Any recommendations for place (or a dish of a place )with deliciously prepared chicken in any neighborhood in either Manhattan or Northern Brooklyn? Probably the only type of restaurant I wouldn't want is one that is themed only toward fried chicken. Broad question - I realize, but I am really open to anything from casual to upscale dining.


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  1. I LOVE the brick chicken at Campo on Broadway and 114th It's a really pretty restaurant.. The owner has another place called Nonna's which is on Columbus in the 80's. They have the same dish and it's almost just as good. Nonna's also makes a great Chicken Scarpierello but only on Monday nites.

    1. I LOVE pio pio (peruvian rotisserie)
      I also remember having a great roast chicken at salt back in the day http://saltnyc.com/

      1. My husband loves the roast chicken at Annisa - it has truffles in it.

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        1. re: MMRuth

          Second this. It is my favorite chicken dish in the city.

        2. Had some pretty darn good chicken at Barbuto. They are known for this crazy good chicken. Normally I stay away from chicken (yawn), but it really was pretty outstanding. Also, in the general poultry category, I thought I died and went to heaven over some guinea hen I had at Babbo. Perfect crisp skin; delicious, moist flesh. As far as cheaper options, I know you don't want a chicken themed place, but Boka on St. Marks serves the Bon Chon chicken, which is also delicious in its own spicy-crispy i-need-a-beer-now way, plus they serve a bunch of other Korean stuff (stay away from the sushi).

          1. Maybe not what you are looking for but I was there this weekend so it's on my mind....

            The chicken at Dinosaur BBQ is really great. Very very juicy with just the right amount of BBQ sauce (not fried, I assume its rotisserie chicken). I usually don't order chicken out, but I have to say this was worth it!

            1. Thanks Everyone!!! Exactly the type of suggestions I was looking for. Will look into all of these!

              1. piopio is good, but not as good as pollo pollo, in the same spot used to be (plus they dont have the papas rellenos)

                dinosaur wings also excellent.
                'but no one has mentioned Bon Chon chicken on 32nd and 5th. a MUST have chicken experience.

                1. Well, I know it's the Manhattan board but you included N.Bklyn so I'm recommending Henry's End. As a mild chicken obsessive myself, it supplies me with fried chicken prepared uniquely (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc in the batter) and at least 10 other non-fried creative preparations.

                  If you want only Manhattan, I agree that Barbuto is one of the best.

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                  1. re: Steve R

                    I've been wanting to go to Pio Pio. I can second the recommendation for Dinosaur BBQ. Don't know if your friend likes wings but their's are amazing. and you can get them with different sauces depending on how spicy you like your food. The honey chipotle sauce is great.

                    1. re: Steve R

                      I definitely agree with Henry's End. I'm a big fan of chicken and Henry's End does not disappoint.

                    2. I love the chicken at JoJo with olives and chickpea fries.

                      1. one word - piece of chicken

                        1. Barbuto. Jonathan Waxman is famous for it.

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                          1. re: chow_gal

                            I'm a big fan of Jonathan Waxman and his devotion to fresh and local, and loved my meal at Barbuto a while back. The food, wine and service were all excellent, even if the room is loud.

                            Believe I had fish and an italian vegetable (dandelion w/ anchovies?) I never order chicken at a restaurant, but I might have to return and make an exception.
                            ("the exception that proved the rule"? -- never knew what that meant!)

                            775 Washington St., New York, NY 10014

                          2. For fried chicken I've heard raves about Rack & Soul and Amy Ruth's. Amy Ruth's offers honey fried, smothered, and chicken and waffles.

                            Rack & Soul
                            258 West 109th St., New York, NY 10025

                            Amy Ruth's
                            113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

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                            1. re: Uptownflavor

                              If you're willing to venture a bit uptown, Malecon on the corner of 175th and Broadway calls itself "el rey del pollo" and deservedly so. They have close to 400 rotisserie chickens spinning in the windows and they're incredible.

                              Recently I had the wood roast chicken at Lil' Frankie's on 1st Ave off 1st St. and I was amazed with the moistness and flavor. Homemade pastas were serious business too.

                              I got north and south but nothing in between.

                              1. re: HowfreshEats

                                Funny you should recommend Malecon - He actually lives right by there and loves it. I wanted to find somewhere equally good. Will look into Lil Frankies - Thanks!!!

                                1. re: Melissa5

                                  The Place

                                  The Place
                                  310 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                                2. re: HowfreshEats

                                  Thank you! I meant to mention that as well but got distracted by trying to link the two other recommendations. Also The Place has really good chicken. I actually had it at The Place Too but they closed awhile ago.

                                  1. re: Uptownflavor

                                    I think the best chicken I've had in NYC--and I order it all the time--is the polleto (sp?), baby chicken, at Da Ciro on Lexington near 34th St. It's roasted in the brick oven and is wonderfully moist and tasty.