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Jun 26, 2009 08:40 AM

Best Chicken in Manhattan?

I'm on a mission: find the BEST chicken in Manhattan. Anyone can do pork well, but what about the often overlooked yardbird? Any form it comes is, be it sandwich, fried, roasted, dancing, as long as it's CHICKEN and it's AWESOME, I'm interested! What suggestions do you guys have?

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  1. I generally avoid ordering chicken in restaurants because it seems just too mundane (besides the fact that I make so many excellent chicken dishes at home). However, when we went to Apiary, we decided to do the $35 3-course menu, so for my main, I chose the Roasted Organic Chicken. I figured if anyone could make chicken shine, it would be Chef Scott Bryan. What also helped me decide to order it was the accompaniment: mascarpone polenta. I love polenta, and the idea of infusing it with mascarpone cheese.... Yum! And that's exactly how I would describe both the chicken and the polenta.

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    1. re: RGR

      Pio Pio has some delicious chicken.

      1. re: CMG920

        Really must second the Pio Pio, and it's a steal for the price.

      2. re: RGR

        I had the Apiary chicken last night. Outstanding. The polenta and organic baby carrots were perfect accompaniments, but the chicken was the star. Tender, well seasoned, and juicy. Yes, you CAN eat chicken out and not feel cheated!

        1. re: RGR

          We went to Apiary for my birthday last week, and I ordered the Roasted Organic Chicken as well. Like RGR, I'm not a big fan of ordering chicken in restaurants, but this was delicious, and I'd love to figure out how to replicate the mascarpone polenta at home.

        2. The chicken with preserved vegetables at Amazing 66 is fantastic. Had a good roast chicken at Belcourt a while ago. The parmesan crusted chicken at jean georges is delicious. I'm not an expert on authentic prep of this dish but I like the chicken karaage at Sakagura a lot. Will have to try the roast chicken/marscapone polenta at Apiary, that sounds delicious. There are good reports on here re: the boiled chicken dish at Big Wong, but haven't tried that yet(am looking forward to soon though).

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          1. re: brettnyc

            I recently enjoyed the olive oil poached chicken at anthos also, although the absolute star of that meal was the octopus, I'd be tempted to just have two orders of that, their cotton candy, and call it a day!

          2. First and not responsive (as this is in brooklyn), the chicken at Vinegar Hill House is supposedly amazing. I haven't been but it got rave reviews from critics as well as my friends who have had it.

            Now, to add my personal Manhattan suggestions:

            Chicken Oyster -- Yakitorri Toto
            Fried Chicken and Waffles -- Amy Ruths
            Roast Chicken -- Pio Pio (i've only been to the Queens location but there's one in the UES)
            Chicken Larb -- Pam's Real Thai

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            1. re: demigodh

              There's also a Pio Pio in Murray Hill and the UWS.

              In addition to Pio Pio, my vote would be for Bon Chon chicken (Korean fried chicken) and the halal chicken from the Trini-Pak cart on 43rd and 6th. I guess I like my chicken on the spicier side.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                There's also a Pio Pio on the Boardwalk at Coney Island! I like Pio Pio but lately we have been ordering from Chicken Festival on 1st Ave at 82 Street. It also is Peruvian chicken, very good, and same as with Pio Pio almost everything else sucks. They have the green sauce also!

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  BonChon Ktown apparently changed ownership, but supposedly bonChon on chambers is still BonChon. The Korean fried chicken is addictive.

                2. re: demigodh

                  The Peruvians do make wonderfully flavorful chicken! I've also liked what I've gotten at El Malecon, though it is not quite as spicy as Pio Pio.

                3. I really liked the smoked bbq wings at Dinosaur BBQ when I had them. If it wasn't such a hike for me, I'd go there much more often.

                  I also like the rotisserie chicken made by some of the Peruvian places.

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                  1. re: boccalupo

                    100% agree with Dinosaur BBQ. The wango tango wings are awesome, as is the BBQ chicken.

                  2. The fried chicken at Blue Ribbon/Blue Ribbon Bakery is excellent.
                    As is the BBQ chicken at Daisy Mae's.

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                    1. re: Chuck Lawrence

                      Had the fried chicken at Blue Ribbon on Sunday for the first time and agree that it was excellent