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Chicken Fried Steak?

Any great tips on where to get chicken fried steak? Best if it's near the East Village, and wonderful if it was served at lunch. I haven't seen the subject come up in a couple of years. It may have fallen out of fashion but I do have a yearly CFS ritual!

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  1. Delta Grill

    Never ordered it myself, but I see lots of tables there with CFS. If you go, don't overlook the cornbread.

    It's my fallback option when Totto is just too crowded.

    1. can't say the best, but one to avoid is at Live Bait on 23rd and 5th. Horrible, heart attack food of low quality. I saw it mentioned here once and tried it not too long ago. Just awful...everything.

      1. Anyone tried the chicken fried steak at Blue Smoke? They used to serve it at the Brindle Room, but I don't see it on the menu anymore.

        1. Haven't been there is a long time, but The Delta Grill (8th Ave @ 48th) has it and I've heard it's pretty good.

          I miss the Dew Drop Inn down on Greenwich St. in the Village which had wonderful CFS & martinis in Mason jars.

          1. I think the chicken fried steak at Brooklyn Star towers over all others in NYC (not a big achievement, admittedly). And, of course, since it's a block from the Lorimer St. L stop, it's very convenient to the East Village.

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            1. re: Sneakeater

              +1 for Brooklyn Star, a five minute train ride from the EV. Would take longer to get to any Blue Smoke location.

              And order whatever dish comes with the pickled onion rings - dynamite. Sadly they don't offer them just as a side, they just pair them with something - used to be with catfish IIRC, now it's a pork chop. You'd like TBS - it's Chang's former partner from Momofuku, there's a similar playfulness, though the food's a bit more straightforward.

              I noticed one on the menu at Gramercy Terrace the time we were there. Nice space, though a bit odd since it's a rooftop joint but the view is kind of blocked when you're seated, food we had was nothing fancy but serviceable. Pleasant place to sip a cocktail and grab a bite.

              The Hog Pit makes a decent one if you happen to be in Chelsea, but it's nothing I'd go out of my way for like TBS.

              It's not quite the same as a Southern-style CFS, but a number of the Puerto Rican / Dominican / Cuban joints in the 'hood will have a Bistec Empanizado, basically a breaded & fried pounded steak, for pretty cheap. Maybe Joselito's or Cafecito or Casa Adela. Agozar might have one as well.

              And finally, though it's not a fried steak it IS beef-inside-fried-batter, the burgers at Korzo Haus might fill that craving. They're kind of awesome, even if you should only eat one of them a year, at most.

              1. re: sgordon

                Thanks Seth, these are great ideas. Since me and my better half are both down with nasty colds, we allowed a couple of extra days and ordered ahead at the Brindle Room. Chicken fried steak isn't normally on the menu, but the owner/chef is from Oklahoma (and NY) and has told us he's happy to make it with a couple days advance warning. I'd love to try Brooklyn Star but we're both sick and lazy today. There used to be a place called 9th St. Market, but in fact Brindle Room is probably much better. It's an anniversary of meeting - over chicken fried steak, of course, but it can be a little problematic in these parts so we're loose with our ritual.

            2. Problem solved - we called ahead to The Brindle Room and chef/owner Jeremy Spector had it ready for us two days later. Very delicious, served in medallions instead of one giant piece, not scored into submission, but lightly pounded, marinated in buttermilk, battered and fried. Served with greens, great mashed potatoes, and lots of gravy. Fun to order ahead for one of America's more humble dishes and be treated so well.

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              1. re: hungrycomposer

                hungrycomposer, I tried calling in advance since that CFS looks absolutely delicious and I'm in NY for a couple of days. Unfortunately the person on the phone had no idea what I was talking about, insisted that she never heard of it before and said "not everything you read online is true." (?) Guess I'll be going to Brooklyn Star.

                1. re: tarilyn

                  When I called to make my request it was also met with confusion. If you want to pursue it further tell'em to ask Jeremy (the owner and chef). I didn't mean to be misleading, and I can't say for sure if the offer is open to everyone, but it did used to be on their regular menu. Good luck with your CFS wherever you may find it!

              2. Anyone remember the name of the southern place in the west village that used to serve CFS? They had slurpee type machines up front that were full of frozen margaritas. Used to go there all the time and now I can't remember the name. Guess those margaritas killed too many brain cells.

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                  1. re: Sneakeater

                    That's it. Thank you. Memory failed me.

                    1. re: Bkeats

                      Funny how chicken-fried steak imprints itself on one's mind.