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Sep 29, 2011 11:12 AM

Melba's or Amy Ruth's

Have a appetite for some Southern Fried Chicken & Waffles this weekend and have narrowed it down to the above mentioned, Leaning towards Melba's, since they have a bar. Where would you choose and why? Thanks in advance.

Amy Ruth's
113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

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  1. I can vouch for the "Rev. Al Sharpton" at Amy Ruth's. Used to get it pretty regular when I lived up in that part of town. Probably did no favors for my arteries, but delicious.

    Melba's is good, just different. I think I'd say the waffles are better at Melba's (she has her quirky eggnog batter, nice flavor) and the chicken at Amy Ruth's. But YMMV.

    Also worth considering, if you're willing to venture further North: Charles' Pan-Fried Chicken. Probably the best fried chicken in town. No waffles, but the mac & cheese and collard greens ain't half-bad. $14 all you can eat, IIRC.

    Charles' Country Pan-Fried Chicken
    2837 8th Ave, New York, NY 10039

    Amy Ruth's
    113 W 116th St, New York, NY 10026

    300 W 114th St, New York, NY 10026

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    1. re: sgordon

      On weekends- but only on weekends, Charles makes the fried chicken at Rack and Soul on W.109 right off Broadway. otherwise, I agree with sgordon that his place in Harlem is the go- to destination for fried chicken.

      Rack & Soul
      258 West 109th St., New York, NY 10025