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Good Fried Chicken in the City

Looking for primo fried chicken anywhere in the city. Thoughts?

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  1. Ma Peche
    Blue Ribbon
    Momofuku Noodle Bar

    1. The Dutch during lunch.

      1. im going to assume you are looking for traditional, southern-style fried chicken, but in case not, the fried chicken thigh at Somtam Der in the East Village is great.

        1. +1 to both Ma Peche and Dutch

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          1. re: Ziggy41

            Another vote for Ma Peche! They have both a habanero and a traditional version. I've had only the habanero that is wonderful!

            Momofuku Noodle Bar also has a large format fried chicken dinner that provides both Korean fried chicken and Southern fried chicken. Group size is 4-8 people, and a reservation on the Momofuku website is required. Cost is $125.

          2. I haven't tried it yet, but I recently got a Blackboard Eats deal for Unidentified Flying Chickens, which recently opened in the East Village. It's Korean, and the original in Jackson Heights, since 2007, has gotten very favorable reviews. I hope to try it next week and will report.

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            1. re: rrems

              Sorry I forgot to report on this. Our dinner there last week was very good, but in the end it's still just fried chicken. The fried shrimp appetizer was excellent, they have a great beer selection, and the chicken was quite tasty, but I have a hard time getting excited about it. If you are a big fan of fried chicken, you will probably have a very favorable reaction to this one.

            2. Little Owl.

              I would order the fried chicken more, but the meatball sliders are just outrageously irresistible.

              1. Georgia's
                Blue Ribbon Chicken
                Golden Unicorn half chicken
                Popeye's spicy ( ok shoot me)

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                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  <Popeye's spicy ( ok shoot me)>

                  This brought a smile to my face. I haven't had Popeye's in several years, but the spicy was always delicious, along with the dirty rice and the cole slaw.

                  I always described it to skeptical friends as "gourmet fast food".

                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                      that, and you didn't get shot;
                      live to eat another day!

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    Fast food or not, Popeye's spicy fried chicken is good.

                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                      POPEYE'S SPICY & coleslaw is very good indeed!

                      VIRGIL'S; 1/2 (or whole) fried chicken for take-out, along w/mashed potatoes, white gravy on side, and collard greens.

                      I really look forward to GEORGIA'S and BLUE RIBBON.

                      (This is very dangerous territory for me).

                    2. I haven't been there in a while, but I used to LOVE the fried chicken at the Redhead, in the east village.

                      1. All of the well known soul food restaurants in harlem serve southern style fried chicken- with or without waffles....

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                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                          unrelated and wrong board (ok shoot me) , but the fried chicken waffle sliders at Pork Slope in Brooklyn could be my execution meal.

                          1. re: Ttrockwood

                            Potentially worth reading for more detail and locations is this blogger's "fried chicken project" in nyc:
                            (I have nothing to do with the blog....)

                            1. re: Ttrockwood

                              Interesting read. I'm a member of the NYC Fried Chicken Club, a society whose sole mission is to eat all the best fried chicken in the city. I think I need to send Donny an invitation to our next dinner.

                              1. re: JungMann

                                Ha! That sounds very official! It sounds like you are both on the same quest....

                            2. re: Ttrockwood

                              Have had smothered chicken at AMY RUTH'S a couple of times, but it's a little too salty for me.

                              Let us not forget about CHARLES' COUNTRY PAN FRIED CHICKEN !!! (on 151st St. & Frederick Douglass Blvd).

                              1. re: ZaZa

                                Amen to Charles! (For those not hung up on trendy/upscale establishments)

                            3. Blue Smoke has excellent fried chicken

                              1. I really like the fried chicken at Bobwhite in the lower east side. Haven't been there in a while though.

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                                1. re: churros

                                  Bobwhite is great, great southern sides also
                                  Unidentified Flying Chicken is good korean fried chicken.

                                2. Pies 'n' Thighs in Williamsburg.

                                  1. My husband is obsessed with the fried chicken at Jacob's Pickles (and we went for the first time just after coming back from the South). Plus they have really good biscuits and a good craft beer selection

                                      1. re: Riverman500

                                        Root & Bone is on my list of restaurants to try. Thanks for the photo!

                                        1. re: ellenost

                                          The grilled peach caprese is also good.

                                          1. re: ellenost

                                            Eater's review:

                                            "Root & Bone Serves Manhattan's Best New Fried Chicken"

                                            1. re: Riverman500

                                              Wow, is it Best New Chicken, or Best looking couple serving Chicken. Perhaps their judgment was clouded?
                                              Either way, thanks for the tip. I'll give em a try

                                              1. re: Ziggy41

                                                Best looking couple.

                                                Though I enjoyed my food. Especially the sweet corm ice cream. Different.

                                              2. re: Riverman500

                                                Too bad they don't open for lunch.

                                          2. My favorite spot in Manhattan is probably The Cardinal. Turntable Chicken is also solid if you want Korean style fried chicken. Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken can be good when it's fresh out of the fryer, but most of the time I've been there, it's been sitting out for a while. The Redhead, as often recommended as it is, is also a bit of a disappointment.

                                            For the best fried chicken, though, I head out to Brooklyn. Peaches Hot House's hot chicken has pretty much redefined how I think about fried chicken.

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                                            1. re: JungMann

                                              Thank you JungMann. Oh boy, what joy!!!

                                            2. Amy Ruth's Order the "Al Sharpton".

                                              1. I loved the deep fried chicken thigh at Somtum Der.

                                                1. I like Bonchon chicken. Korean fried chicken are one of the best! :D

                                                  1. Mei-jin Ramen (UES)

                                                    If you enjoy kara-age, this place will not disappoint.

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                                                    1. re: ipsedixit

                                                      They don't have an online menu. How's the price and the food? Thanks.

                                                      1. re: gargupie

                                                        Other than the chicken, I only tried the cold ramen, and it wasn't all that.

                                                        Price is about the same as Totto.

                                                    2. Fried chicken and pain perdu @ Montmartre