Best Fried Chicken in Queens?
- janie Oct 17, 2010 05:14 PM
Open to all interpretations of it....
Who's got it? What are the sides?
How's the quality and price?
Is the place clean?
I'll give a shout out to my childhood joint in Woodside, Queens: Peking BBQ Chicken. I think of them simply as "Peking Chicken"
South American - Chinese - American: chicken, ribs, fried rice. The rotisserie chicken is made with a soy sauce based marinate. Includes house mild tomatillo chile sauce.
Been around 30+ years. Most clientèle is Latino, but also good number of asian and white locals.
Very popular neighborhood joint. On busy times I've had to wait 20+ order numbers ahead of me.
Cafeteria style service. HS Cafeteria atmosphere. You order, get a number, they call your number, you pick up your tray (or takeout). HS Cafeteria clean... -.-.
price: $8 for chicken, fried rice, ribs. $4 1/4 chicken fried rice.
I think their ribs compare favorably with ribs I've eaten at Madison Park BBQ festival.
58-11 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377
For crying out loud my post didnt go thru so here's a quick re-write.
Korean style - UFC on roosevelt ave. Lots of discussion on here about this place. I get my orders with both sauces. Really good and fried to prder so you will have to wait. Comes with korean cole slaw. Clean fast food style place.
Sage General store has it once a week. They do souther style, skillet fried I think. Never had it but it's probably pretty good as is most things I've had there. Not much room to sit and crowded as it's a lunch spot. Not sure theyre open for dinner. Definitely clean insidide and it comes with sides. Check here: sagegeneralstore.com
When was the last time you were at UFC? My last visit was a year ago, the fries had a strange metallic taste and the chicken tasted "off" as well. Also they included a hacked piece and mini drum as part of my 6 piece meal. I have not been back since.
I'd say Mad For Chicken or Bon Chon are better.
All right I have to step in here, UFC has been perfectly fine & individually cooked to order every time I have gone there, crisp & light tasting, great sauces.... admittedly I only stop by every 3-4 months or so. The sides are nothing special, altho I think I remember the fries being pretty fresh tasting, but I've never seen any evidence of a "downhill" slide, let alone "well I heard someone say... a friend of a friend told him..." If you didn't like your meal state why & it's understood.
I applaud & am in awe that someone can remember they got a half a drumstick in a meal they had over a year ago. I can't remember to pick up the dry cleaning usually, let alone the condition of chicken pieces from my past! This place is actually great local resource & small business in the nabe making the extra effort to produce something better than homogenized corporate product & I can't see the point of slagging them with negative hearsay on a national forum, or saying it's better in midtown Manhattan which completely also misses the point that the OP asked about.
..... oh.... ok... I actually like the the "homogenized corporate product" dished out by Popeyes on Steinway Street, they seem to be managed a little better recently or something & the chicken seems up to par again. Easy access from the subway & quick too if I haven't called ahead to UFC.
Thanks for the Sage General store info..... have to try it.
My meal was awful on my last visit to UFC. I could have given a much more detailed account of the evening because food is important to me. I remember how many tables were seated (three), that there was one waiter, a young korean man who barely spoke English and how bad my fries were and how I was shortchanged a piece of chicken.
If you had a pleasant experience at UFC, I don't question it, but get off your high horse. Mad for Chicken and Bon Chon are both in Queens.
Mad for Chicken
157-18 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354
No "high horse"... it's just as I walk through my Queens neighborhood with all these small businesses shuttered or just hanging on trying to make it these days, I felt that 2 negative posts in 2 days on a widely read forum, the last hearsay & mentioning "a permanent downward trend" about a business that is generally well regarded & you haven't visited in a year seemed ill-advised, that's all.
I look forward to visiting the other 2 places in Flushing. Thanks.
For Korean style, I nominate Kyedong (not Kyochon - I haven't been there yet) in Flushing. I posted about it a while ago here:
The atmosphere is okay. Like most Korean Fried chicken places, it kind of feels like a bar but it's clean.
Prices look a little high at first but there's quite a bit of food that you get with your order.
Sides include complementary, small, mildly pickled salads and little else from what I can recall (other than beer—though that's not a side—for most people anyway).
Glendale is hungry...
re: Glendale is hungry
I guess the consensus is that the best fried chicken is the Real KFC, or Korean Fried Chicken, and both me and the kids would wholehearterdly agree. There is a number of favorites, ours being UFC in Jackson Heights, but the idea is this.
(i) it's a good food, but it's not tremendously fast as chicken is fried to order;
(ii) there is no decor to speak of: think fast food, but call in beforehand to order unless you are OK with waiting 15-20 min (my hat's off to Korean vendors stubbornly refusing to sacrifice the food quality and freshness for convenience);
(iii) the place is clean, and yes, this includes ther restroom;
(iv) there is no decor and not too much service either, but it's advisable to tip;
(v) there is absolutely no need to speak Korean, but it's advisable to ask questions;
(vi) don't ever neglect Korean pickles' sides, at least not daikon radish, regardless of how it looks; most salads are trash (well, just like at McD);
(vii) the ongoing philosophical discussion is, which coating is better: the hot one or a soy-garlic: try both
(viii) the food is not exactly cheap per serving, but it's absolutely worth it and there is enough food;
hahaha, ok how about the drumsticks from the place in Flushing under the LIRR overpass? 2 for $1, for the really ghetto heavy crispy batter that is still savory-tasty.
there must also be some other chinese- or japanese-style karaage type places; but I just can't think of them. I would probably try to sneak in Laifood's fried chicken over rice (like the fried pork chop over rice), with all sorts of tasty sides.