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Fried Chicken Emergency

Jack Barber Apr 30, 2009 11:31 AM

I just went to put my annual fried chk order in with Charles for a party we throw every year.

Discovered what others may have already known -- that Charles closed last fall.

Ideal replacement would be a better-than-Charles hole in the wall in Bed Stuy. (We're in Brooklyn, and Charles was a [worthwhile] haul.)

Any concepts? We're talking 150-200 pieces, and would like to keep it in the $1-$1.5 per piece range. (All yuppie chk like Dirty Bird + pies/thighs [when it was open] was more like $2.5+ per piece range.)

Many thanks for any ideas.

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    elecsheep9 RE: Jack Barber Apr 30, 2009 11:43 AM

    If you have a car, I'd recommend hauling out to Zorns on Long Island. There are three locations, but I've always gone to the original Bethpage location on Hempstead Turnpike just west of 135.

    Having been around since 1940, Zorns is truly a Long Island institution.

    This is a link to the Bethpage website:


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      ConOrama RE: Jack Barber Apr 30, 2009 12:29 PM

      Can I come?

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        frankie5angels RE: Jack Barber Apr 30, 2009 12:37 PM

        Pooor Freddies Rib Shack on 158th and Linden in Queens. 100 pieces of freid chicken used to be $95. Not sure what it is now. :)

        718 659 7000 (from an old menu)

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          frankie5angels RE: frankie5angels Apr 30, 2009 12:44 PM

          This menu is a little more updated than the one I have. :)


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            Wet Towel RE: frankie5angels Apr 30, 2009 02:41 PM

            Mitchell's Soul Food in Prospect Heights and Soul Spot on Atlantic Ave both have excellent fried chicken and I know both do big orders for parties. I've used Soul Spot for parties twice, but both are great.

            Mitchell's has odd hours.

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              BklnChicken RE: Wet Towel May 1, 2009 01:25 PM

              The Soul Spot has a catering menu online, but no prices. www.thesoulspot.com.

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                Claire RE: Wet Towel May 1, 2009 03:10 PM

                Mitchell's also makes great red velvet cake if you're looking for dessert.

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            Fleur RE: Jack Barber May 1, 2009 06:20 PM

            POPEYES never fails to satisfy.

            The one on Court Street across from Norough Hall does lots of catering.

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              FAL RE: Fleur May 2, 2009 05:40 AM

              Royal Rib house. Halsey and Throop

            2. bigmackdaddy RE: Jack Barber May 3, 2009 02:50 PM

              You might want to try La Cabana Rodriguez on Beverly Rd & Flatbush Ave. They practically have windows full. Cheap and delicious IMO.

              1. meatme RE: Jack Barber May 3, 2009 06:37 PM

                If by Charles you mean Charles Gabriel, isn't he currently doing business at Rack & Soul on 109th near Broadway?

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                  Jack Barber RE: meatme May 3, 2009 07:15 PM

                  Yes, I figured that out after posting. $2.5 per piece though, tough in this economy.

                  I ended up ordering from Piece of Chicken in Hells Kitchen. $1 per piece and quite good.

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                  Jack Barber RE: Jack Barber Apr 29, 2010 02:54 PM

                  Between Poor Freddie's Rib Shack, La Cabana Rodriquez, Saratoga Country Kitchen, Mitchells -- what would everyone recommend?

                  I have my same large order of chicken to put in again and Piece of Chk went up to $2/pc! It would also be nice not to have to schlep to Midtown for pick-up.

                  Much obliged for any quick opinions, tips, ideas...

                  Poor Freddie's Rib Shack
                  157-06 Linden Blvd, Queens, NY 11434

                  The Country Kitchen
                  1991 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233

                  La Cabana
                  39-17 103rd St, Queens, NY 11368

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                    nooyawka RE: Jack Barber Apr 29, 2010 06:16 PM

                    Dang. You're back? LOL

                    I love Dallas BBQ. I go out of my way to get their wings. They're not out of this world. But at their price point, I think they're a pretty darn good deal. There's one on Livingston in downtown BK. Within a block or 2 of Macy's, and not too far off Jay St. It's about a buck or 2 a piece. They have Texas Fried (crispy) or Honey dipped (sticky). Their wings are large. Although I have to caution, I haven't been to the BK one in 3 years. I now hit the one in the East Village. However, 3 years ago, the quality was uniform. Good luck...

                    Dallas BBQ
                    180 Livingston St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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                      bigmackdaddy RE: Jack Barber Apr 30, 2010 05:30 AM

                      You might want to check out Fish N' Wings on Atlantic Ave. by Ashford Street. I believe they'll give you a break for large orders. They also have killer sides such as mac and cheese, fries collards, etc. Sometimes the batter can be a tad salty, but I guess it depends who's working the kitchen. There's also Get It N Git on Ralph Ave between Bergen & St. Marks. Their batter is plain jane but the chicken is really moist and tender. They also cut up potatoes for french fries in house, which is kind of ironic because the place doesn't seem much bigger than a large walk-in closet.

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                        foodismylife RE: Jack Barber Apr 30, 2010 08:23 AM

                        charles has re-opened in harlem at 151 and frederic douglass
                        WENT THERE LAST SATURDAY
                        sorry for the caps didnt mean to shout and too lazy to re type

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