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Murray's Rotisserie Chickens

Hickory Aug 17, 2013 11:38 AM

Fairway seems to have stopped making rotisserie chickens with Murray's chicken (they now have their own at $7.99 and organic at $12.99). Does anyone else make these, or can anyone recommend a rotisserie chicken as good?

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    pbjluver Aug 17, 2013 12:17 PM

    Though not Murray's, the best rotisserie chicken in my opinion, is the $4.99 Costco one. Huge chickens, always hot & fresh, perfectly seasoned.

    Another huge fav is Citarella's rotisserie turkey thighs.

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    1. re: pbjluver
      Brian W Aug 25, 2013 12:48 PM

      I'll second that. I certainly haven't tried everyone's rotisserie chicken but Costco's is the best I have ever had. Also, their chicken salad is delicious and it's made from their own rotisserie chickens.

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        Hickory Aug 26, 2013 05:05 PM

        I agree with you that Costco's is really good, but I'm trying to avoid factory-farmed chickens and am assuming that, for $4.99, Costco's must be. Murray's chicken, besides tasting good, is "Certified Humane" for whatever that's worth.

        1. re: Hickory
          Elisa515 Aug 26, 2013 06:03 PM

          To be fair, you asked for chickens that are "as good" as Murray's--without specifying that your terms meant "avoiding factory-farmed chickens" rather than "as tasty" (the definition most readers would assume you mean).

          Have you looked into any kosher places with rotisserie chickens?

    2. coasts Aug 17, 2013 12:17 PM

      The chickens at Eataly are fantastic. I like Dirty Bird, too. There's a place called Rotisserie Georgette opening on 60th & 5th soon. Sounds like it'll be equal parts restaurant and market.

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        pbjluver Aug 17, 2013 12:21 PM

        60th & 5th in Manhattan???

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          coasts Aug 17, 2013 12:28 PM

          Yeah, between 5th and Madison next to Rouge Tomate.

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            Radhish Nov 12, 2013 12:06 PM

            PS Rotisserie Georgette is now open. Stumbled in it by chance on what seems to have been its official opening night. Chicken is divine and plentiful. I had the mushroom stuffed one served with seared foie gras and it was to die for... (literally!)... and i am not even a chicken fan. It is not a market but they do take away and delivery, says the menu ... AND, if you are a party of 8, and pre-order, they also do a whole suckling pig on the spit .. now I will have a tough time deciding between the bird and the pig ...

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          uwsgrazer Aug 17, 2013 06:09 PM

          +1 for Eataly's roasted chicken

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          GaryUES Aug 17, 2013 01:09 PM

          It's hard to beat Pio Pio, but I also love Ciarella's turkey thighs.

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            ipsedixit Aug 17, 2013 07:32 PM

            Pio Pio is really good.

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              JC2 Aug 27, 2013 10:39 AM

              I love Citerella's turkey thighs, but it is a very different experience from a rotisseried chicken. I don't know why, but it is. I agree about Pio Pio. If only you could order only dark meat.

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              knucklesandwich Aug 17, 2013 07:16 PM

              Fairway's chickens are cooked beyond done, and then some. I don't think anyone else makes 'em that way.

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                uwsgrazer Sep 14, 2013 03:12 PM

                +1. I'm pretty sure Fairway still sells Murray's chickens. I think I bought one the other day (I tossed the container and just stumbled on this post). It was beyond done -- and then some -- as you wrote. I figured it was a one-off. How can they continue to see chicken like this?

                Plus, my gripe is that the section where they sell the rotisserie chickens at the UWS location is so poorly-designed. One person taking his or her time to peruse the offerings basically makes it impossible for anyone else to access anything.

              2. ipsedixit Aug 17, 2013 07:35 PM

                Angry Chicken at the Koreatown Food Gallery 3rd floor.

                1. JungMann Aug 19, 2013 07:43 AM

                  Zabar's sells Murray's rotisserie chickens.

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                    Hickory Aug 19, 2013 07:13 PM

                    Thanks - as usual, JungMann, you have good information!

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                    sugartoof Aug 27, 2013 05:54 PM

                    Are you sure the organic isn't still Murray's despite the signs?

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                      Hickory Aug 27, 2013 06:27 PM

                      They said that the antibiotic free at $7.99 was the same as the Murray's even though the Murray's had been $8.99 if I recall correctly.

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                      mahler5 Nov 13, 2013 05:43 AM

                      Garden of Eden's roast chickens are excellent.

                      1. Ziggy41 Nov 13, 2013 06:13 AM

                        Inti in Hells Kitchen does a good one. Ex Pio Pio chef/owner

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                          owlwoman Nov 15, 2013 09:50 AM

                          I'm surprised no one has mentioned Whole Foods, I believe their chickens are organic or at least anti-biotic free.

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                          Rina S Nov 16, 2013 11:10 AM

                          Dickson's Farmstand at the Chelsea Market has roast chicken. I haven't tried it but it's humanely raised (AND local) and everything else I've tried from Dickson's is top-notch... Great store.

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