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Looking for good protein (chicken) in Manhattan

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billyboy Jul 15, 2010 10:43 AM

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!

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

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    kathryn RE: billyboy Jul 15, 2010 11:09 AM

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

    http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2009/0...

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    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

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      duckie RE: billyboy Jul 15, 2010 07:06 PM

      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.

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        Brian W RE: billyboy Jul 16, 2010 10:08 AM

        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.

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

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