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Jun 3, 2009 11:55 PM

Best fried chicken in Brooklyn?

I have no idea where to find it in Brooklyn. So, ladies and gentlemen- any standouts and/or secrets?

I'm longing for some delicious fried chicken- please don't make me go to the execrable Popeye's on Court street.

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  1. I can't find good fried chicken in Brooklyn either, so I decided to try my hand at it and after many attempts, got it just right:
    Soak the chicken parts in a bowl of buttermilk (covered) in the fridge overnight.
    Then shake in a bag containing 1 part cornmeal to 2 parts flour. You can season the flour mixture with salt and a little cayenne pepper if you wish. Fry away. Delish!!!

    1. Yes, there is good fried chicken in Bklyn. If you're willing to spend, then Henry's End and Blue Ribbon make very good versions. Henry's End is a somewhat peculiar version since they use cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and other spices in the mix; however, they're not overwhelming and the product is incredibly crisp, high quality and tasty as can be. For less $, Buttermilk Channel has a buttermilk coated version that's good. I hear that there are a couple of Williamsburg and Bed-Stuy places that have hit the mark as well but I've never been.

      1. Sidecar, on 5th Ave at 16th St. in south Park Slope, has shockingly good fried chicken for a cocktail bar. I don't know how it stacks up to Blue Ribbon's, which everyone seems to love but I've never tried; but it's juicy as all get out, the kale on the side is delicious, and their drinks are fabulous.

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        1. re: cjd260

          I second the rec on Sidecar. It is top-notch fried chicken and worth a try if you're around the South Slope.

          1. re: cjd260

            Went here a few nights ago and tried the chicken. Very fresh, plump and juicy chicken but way too much breading. Also, the breading itself is kind of bland, though it certainly is crisp, which is pleasing, combined with the juicynesss of the chicken. Bottom line? Tasty, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. The Gimlets were, however, outstanding!

          2. Funny a lot of posters (and I’m not one of them) on The Manhattan Board really like Popeye’s.

            1. Thanks to a mention in the Best Eats issue of the Village Voice, I had some amazing fried chicken at Mitchell's Soul Food Restaurant on Vanderbilt (near Bergen). The skin was crispy with a slightly spicy, peppery batter. The meat was juicy and tender. The restaurant lacks physical ambiance but there were lots of friendly neighborhood folks popping in for take-out. I've been thinking about the fried chicken ever since.