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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?
Any atmosphere?
Is the place clean?


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    dach RE: janie Oct 18, 2010 01:49 PM

    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.

    Peking BBQ
    58-11 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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    1. re: dach
      donovt RE: dach Oct 18, 2010 03:17 PM

      I love Peking BBQ, but it's definitely not fried chicken.

      Peking BBQ
      58-11 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

    2. erica RE: janie Oct 19, 2010 04:02 AM

      How is Jolibee?

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      1. re: erica
        bigjeff RE: erica Oct 21, 2010 06:32 PM

        ain't good, unfortunately.

        1. re: bigjeff
          erica RE: bigjeff Oct 22, 2010 03:49 AM

          Thanks! I thought as much from their website. I was around there when they opened and it was a total scene but have read almost nothing about it here,, so....

          What about that Guatemalan chicken place--Pollo Campero in Corona---?

          1. re: bigjeff
            Glendale is hungry RE: bigjeff Oct 22, 2010 08:27 AM

            But the mascot's hilarious! (Jollibee, that is)

        2. 2slices RE: janie Oct 19, 2010 06:45 AM

          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

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          1. re: 2slices
            Pookipichu RE: 2slices Oct 19, 2010 09:17 AM

            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.

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              Daniel76 RE: Pookipichu Oct 19, 2010 09:41 AM

              The first and last time I went to UFC was about a month after they first opened.. I was not a fan

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                2slices RE: Pookipichu Oct 20, 2010 10:46 AM

                havent been in a LONG time, but i really liked it when I was there. No memory of the fries or any of that, but the chicken was great.

                Hope it hasnt gone down.

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                  Pookipichu RE: 2slices Oct 20, 2010 11:07 AM

                  One of my friends went a few months after my last visit and the commented that the quality has deteriorated. It may have gone downhill permanently.

                2. re: Pookipichu
                  daffyduck RE: Pookipichu Oct 25, 2010 06:34 PM

                  yeah, mad for chicken is better than UFC for sure. I like mad for chicken but i'm not a fried chicken expert. great spot though especially at 2am.

                  1. re: daffyduck
                    Huck RE: daffyduck Oct 26, 2010 08:25 AM

                    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.

                    1. re: Huck
                      daffyduck RE: Huck Oct 26, 2010 10:18 AM

                      Sorry I didn't make that clear, I agree UFC is fine, but this is a best fried chicken in Queens tread and from my experience I liked Mad for Chicken more.

                      Mad for Chicken
                      157-18 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

                      1. re: daffyduck
                        Huck RE: daffyduck Oct 26, 2010 01:21 PM

                        .... & I didn't know Mad For Chicken opened in Queens now either, I'm looking forward to checking it out!

                      2. re: Huck
                        Pookipichu RE: Huck Oct 26, 2010 02:42 PM

                        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

                        1. re: Pookipichu
                          Huck RE: Pookipichu Oct 27, 2010 10:39 AM

                          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.

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                  Glendale is hungry RE: janie Oct 20, 2010 11:16 AM

                  Hi janie,

                  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...

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                  1. re: Glendale is hungry
                    diprey11 RE: Glendale is hungry Oct 20, 2010 05:41 PM

                    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;

                    1. re: diprey11
                      Jeffsayyes RE: diprey11 Oct 20, 2010 07:05 PM

                      I refuse to believe that KoFC is the best fried chicken!

                  2. bigjeff RE: janie Oct 21, 2010 06:35 PM

                    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.

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                      frankie5angels RE: janie Oct 25, 2010 03:48 PM

                      Best Fried Chicken

                      Pooor Freddies Rib Shack on Linden Blvd.

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                      1. re: frankie5angels
                        PaMa RE: frankie5angels Oct 25, 2010 05:25 PM

                        LONG LIVE POPEYE"S!!! Cooking with Jazz also makes great fried chicken, the buttermilk variety.

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                          bigjeff RE: PaMa Oct 25, 2010 08:10 PM

                          did Cooking with Jazz reopen? I tried to go there a few months ago and they had temporarily closed because of a fire but I think they were trying to reopen.

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                            stuartlafonda RE: bigjeff Oct 26, 2010 02:35 PM

                            As of last weekend they were still closed, I noticed this on my way to King Yum down the block.

                            King Yum
                            181-08 Union Tpke, Queens, NY 11366

                          2. re: PaMa
                            majorette RE: PaMa Nov 18, 2010 02:44 PM

                            A Popeyes recently opened on 82nd Street, just south of Roosevelt Ave.

                            1. re: majorette
                              bigjeff RE: majorette Nov 18, 2010 03:29 PM

                              I love my popeye's but certainly . . . there must be better fried chicken on the Avenue, right? Anyone?

                        2. bigjeff RE: janie Oct 26, 2010 01:08 PM

                          sometime Kabab King Diner (jackson heights standard) has indian-style chicken wings that are pretty good; battered in tandoori-spice, these make your hands turn red and are pretty tasty; I think $1 each?

                          Kabab King Diner
                          73-01 37th Rd, Queens, NY 11372

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                            daffyduck RE: bigjeff Oct 26, 2010 01:19 PM

                            Kebab King Diner has amazing chicken! but I dont think it's fried. they have one in a bbq marinade that is delicious

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                              bigjeff RE: daffyduck Oct 26, 2010 08:38 PM

                              the fried wings are an occasional special; they just have them in the aluminum trays above the mithai, away from all the hot food; their tandoori stuff is very good, the whole birds, scored deep and covered in spice, are great.

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                                daffyduck RE: bigjeff Oct 27, 2010 07:38 AM

                                thanks, ill be on the look out for those wings. i agree on their tandoori is very good, they really are kebab kings.

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                                  bigjeff RE: daffyduck Oct 27, 2010 08:11 AM

                                  btw, you are on foodmayhem's comments a lot, right? I think we were posting on the same thing about Delhi Heights. cool.

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                                    daffyduck RE: bigjeff Oct 27, 2010 08:59 AM

                                    yeahh, i think it was delhi palace though. i love Delhi heights I tihnk that's my favorite indian restaurant.
                                    btw thanks for reminding me about that post, i just checked up on it and didnt realize other people posted.

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                                      bigjeff RE: daffyduck Oct 27, 2010 11:14 PM

                                      oops ya I meant Delhi Palace, the one that's been around for a long time and has recently remodeled the snack/sweet shop attached to it. delhi heights is the fancy place that replaced kababish I think; still haven't been there. did you ever try Karahi and Grill before it turned into Gourmet Sweets? Or, Alauddin's Sweetmeats? Or the place across the street, the biryani specialist inside Haat Bazaar? both are on 73st, near 37th ave (and Apna bazaar and subzi mandi).

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                                        daffyduck RE: bigjeff Oct 28, 2010 12:00 PM

                                        i did try karahi and grill before it turned into gourmet sweets. I prefered Shaheem across the street and still do except for falooda. Gourmet sweets does that better. I don't go to those places too often anymore because I find their curries, makhanis, kormas, to be too oily. Their tandooris are good but Kebab King beats them (Kebab King's curries are way too oily too).
                                        Kababish is still around, the best biryani I ever had was there but I've only eaten there twice because it's take out only but both my meals were good. Delhi Heights is my favorite Indian restaurant. Their chicken makhani is a wow dish imo. The only thing I don't like at Delhi Heights is their biryani (only tried goat). I never tried Haat Bazaar. I've tried Alauddin's sweets but I'm not a fan of Indian sweets in general. If I had to choose a favorite Indian sweets spot, it would be Al Naimat. Their buffet isn't that bad but their butter chicken uses white meat which tends to be dry and their sagg paneer and goat curries are too oily. They do have biryani in their buffet which I don't think any other place has.
                                        I heard Southern Spice in Flushing is amazing, that's one place I want to check out.

                                        Delhi Heights
                                        37-66 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

                                        7064 Broadway, Queens, NY 11372

                                        Haat Bazaar
                                        37-11 73rd St, Queens, NY 11372

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                                          bigjeff RE: daffyduck Oct 28, 2010 07:35 PM

                                          thanks for the recap; sounds good. never had alauddin's sweets before, but I like their haleem and their fish dishes; the place is tasty. I can't remember what Delhi Heights replaced, I thought it was a Kababish II or something like that; it's been a couple years now.

                                          any other brights spots in the neighborhood? I tried Shangri-La Express and was semi-impressed. momos were kinda rustic and good but other dishes we had were so-so.

                                          1. re: bigjeff
                                            daffyduck RE: bigjeff Oct 29, 2010 06:24 PM

                                            I can't think of any right now, maybe Sammy's halal cart (I heard astoria king is better) and I heard Himalyan Yak has gone donehill =\. I plan on exploring Philipino food towards woodside, i'll report back if I like anything.

                                            1. re: bigjeff
                                              JH Jill RE: bigjeff Nov 6, 2010 06:44 PM

                                              Yes,you remember correctly. Delhi Heights did replace Kabbabish II, the sit-down restaurant. daffyduck seems to be talking about the original Kabbabish on Broadway, which is only take out and is still in operation.

                                              Delhi Heights
                                              37-66 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

                            2. Polecat RE: janie Oct 31, 2010 09:39 PM

                              I just tried the fried chicken - listed as "salty and crispy chicken" on the menu - at Main Street Imperial Taiwanese, and was pleasantly surprised. It's served up in a basket, with mostly small pieces, some boneless, topped off with basil leaves and chunks of garlic. The batter was mildly crispy with a good, not-overly-salty flavor, the best pieces being quite moist. This isn't the first thing I'd get here, but it rounded out our meal nicely and I'd gladly get it again.

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