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Jul 15, 2010 10:43 AM

Looking for good protein (chicken) in Manhattan

I just took up running last December and try to get out 3-4 times a week to train for various races. After each run, my body is craving some protein and I love chicken (roasted or grilled). Where could I find a good place for chicken (not fried) near Central Park or on the way down to the Seaport where I live? I'm hoping to find a place where I can get a half roasted chicken or a good grilled chicken sandwich.

Preferably a place where I can take it to go home as I'll still be in sweaty gear and not really looking to sit down at a restaurant. I would usually be looking for something around 8-9pm weeknights or anytime on the weekends. I've been to East Side Poultry and not too crazy about it as I found the chicken to be dry. Thanks!

East Side Poultry
1522 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

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  1. Peruvian roasted chicken seems like a good bet. There's Pio Pio, Flor de Mayo, Senor Pollo...

    Flor de Mayo
    2651 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

    Senor Pollo
    221 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Pio Pio
    210 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

    1. Jasmine (fka Safran) has a very generously sized, delicious plate of lemongrass grilled chicken that you can order to go. It's served with salad, pickled vegetables and scallion pancakes. The lemongrass grilled chicken sandwich, made a lot like banh mi, but with a regular baguette and not the really crispy banh mi baguette, is good too and really big.

      For the record, I don't know if anything else at this restaurant is good. I only recently found this restaurant and like these two things so much I haven't tried anything else.

      1. You could try Chicken Festival. They do Peruvian chicken like Pio Pio that is juicy and delicious. Since you already tried East Side Poultry, which I agree is dry, then Chicken Festival is no stretch as it's in the same area.

        Chicken Festival
        1584 1st Ave, New York, NY 10028