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Zankou-style Chicken in Manhattan

HippieChick Apr 21, 2012 08:31 PM

Does anyone know of a place that serves chicken the way this great L.A. place does? The closest I've come so far is Senor Pollo in the East Village, which is Peruvian...any thoughts?

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    kathryn RE: HippieChick Apr 21, 2012 08:47 PM

    Can you give a little more detail as to what you're looking for? Not all posters will be familiar with Zankou.

    As I understand it, Zankou is Armenian style roasted chicken served with their own brand of garlic sauce and pita bread.

    Are you looking for the whole package or just the roasted chicken part?

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      HippieChick RE: kathryn May 2, 2012 08:20 PM

      Just the chicken. Or a near approximation.

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        uwsister RE: HippieChick May 3, 2012 07:49 PM

        To me, Zankou is all about that crack-like garlic sauce.

        Pio Pio is a well-known Peruvian chicken place in NYC, but I've never eaten there. I'm sure other 'hounds have though - do they have a garlic sauce and is it addictive?

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          rose water RE: uwsister May 4, 2012 07:07 AM

          Given their labor disputes, I always feel bad for eating there (and enjoying it). But Pio Pio has delicious roast chicken, and they serve it with a vinegary garlic sauce, and a creamy aji amarillo sauce. The latter sauce is addictive, the former less so.

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            Simon RE: uwsister May 4, 2012 08:45 AM

            i actually like the hummos at Zankou even better than the garlic sauce...and i usually get an order stuffed vine leaves with it...

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            sashae RE: HippieChick May 5, 2012 05:42 PM

            As a fellow former Angeleno, I understand the love for Zankou. There's no real 100% equivalent, but the Pio Pio roast chicken with extra green sauce is epically good. If you want to try something different, Congee Village's house special chicken is amazingly good -- garlicy soy flavor, extra crispy skin.

            If you're willing to go further afield, Chicken Festival in Astoria for Peruvian is worth the trip. There's an Armenian joint there too that I cannot remember the name of that's the closest analogue to Zankou i've had here, but it's still not the same -- garlic sauce isn't as good.

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              HippieChick RE: sashae May 8, 2012 03:47 PM

              Sashae, thanks! I don't like to gunk up food with sauces and stuff: kind of a purist that way. So, naked chicken, burgers, hot dogs, steak, etc. The Congee Village chicken sounds good...why have great flavor, crispy skin, etc., and then mess it up with soggy-making sauce?

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                Mr Porkchop RE: sashae Jul 10, 2012 02:45 PM

                Not to hijack, but can you give any detail on this Armenian place (street, description, etc?)? I live in Astoria and have never noticed such a thing (but would love to).

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            harryo RE: HippieChick Jan 30, 2013 08:50 AM

            Try Naya Express on 3rd ave and 44th str.(?). It has grilled chicken instead of the rotissary chicken but the garlic sauce is almost a match for Zankou's.

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