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Best Chicken in NY - Almost Any Style??

Melissa5 Mar 23, 2009 11:15 AM

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.


  1. Uptownflavor Mar 24, 2009 05:43 PM

    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
      HowfreshEats Mar 24, 2009 07:11 PM

      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
        Melissa5 Mar 25, 2009 07:07 AM

        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
          Uptownflavor Mar 25, 2009 06:28 PM

          The Place

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

        2. re: HowfreshEats
          Uptownflavor Mar 25, 2009 06:27 PM

          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
            maxinem Mar 26, 2009 12:32 PM

            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.

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        chow_gal Mar 24, 2009 09:54 AM

        Barbuto. Jonathan Waxman is famous for it.

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        1. re: chow_gal
          NYchowcook Mar 25, 2009 06:55 AM

          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

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          judgefunkhaus1 Mar 24, 2009 05:14 AM

          one word - piece of chicken

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            Gelaine Mar 23, 2009 04:23 PM

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

            1. Steve R Mar 23, 2009 01:41 PM

              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
                mary30 Mar 23, 2009 01:58 PM

                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
                  misnatalie Mar 23, 2009 02:16 PM

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

                2. thew Mar 23, 2009 01:21 PM

                  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. m
                    Melissa5 Mar 23, 2009 01:01 PM

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

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                      stephaniec25 Mar 23, 2009 12:48 PM

                      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. _emilie_ Mar 23, 2009 12:44 PM

                        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. MMRuth Mar 23, 2009 12:33 PM

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

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                          1. re: MMRuth
                            silencespeak Mar 24, 2009 07:11 AM

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

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                            notsochubbychubette Mar 23, 2009 12:22 PM

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

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                              mary30 Mar 23, 2009 12:07 PM

                              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.

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