Manhattan

Manhattan, New York City

Habanero Fried Chicken at Ma Peche

I feel like whenever people talk about David Chang and Momofuku, they tend to leave off Ma Peche. With all the hype going to his fuku sandwich, no one is really talking about the habanero fried chicken at Ma Peche. Having tried both the fried chicken dinner at the noodle bar and the sandwich at fuku+, the real winner is the habanero fried chicken. It's delicious! It's seasoned well, crunchy, SPICY, and no dealing with trying to score a reservation like at the noodle bar. Oh but it's pricey as heck for just half a chicken though. Definitely a once-in-a-while treat.

$28 (Half chicken)

  • 15 West 56th St, Midtown West
 

Manhattan, New York City

Root & Bone

I'm sure Root & Bone makes really great fried chicken but it's not what I got. Seems like almost every food person out there declared Root & Bone to have the BEST fried chicken in NYC. I can't agree on that since the 2 times I have gone, I was underwhelmed. The first time I went, the chicken was way too salty and the most recent time the chicken needed salt. My friend agreed that the chicken was just okay.

I really want to like this place but the chicken isn't consistent. Though, I did enjoy their sides and appetizers. Too bad they don't have the corn spoon bread anymore because that was easily one of my favorite bites of 2014.

$18 (Half chicken)

  • 200 East 3rd St, East Village
 

Manhattan, New York City, Sandwich

Fried Chicken Sandwich at Wilfie & Nell

Hello! I love being surprised! I sort of had no expectation for Wilfie & Nell. Actually, I never knew this place existed until a friend told me about it after finding out that I had gone to Sweet Afton. Sweet Afton and Wilfie & Nell are own by the same people.

This was a GOOD sandwich. Simple, delicious, and the chicken was seasoned well. Also, great job on the fries too. Would definitely come back for it.

$11 (Sandwich only; +$4 for fries)

  • 228 West 4th St, West Village
 

New York City, Sandwich, Manhattan

Egg Shop

Okay, so technically, this isn't a sandwich. The Egg Shop does not sell a fried chicken sandwich but you can order a side of fried chicken and jam it inside any of their sandwich options. If you order their egg salad sandwich, they do give you the option to add the fried chicken for $5.

I wasn't in the mood for egg salad so I went with their bacon, cheese, and egg sandwich ($10). I guess I could've gone the route of building my own egg and cheese sandwich and not have the bacon. The sandwich that I built was pretty good. The heat from the pickled jalapeno was great, love the bread, and can't argue when there's a fried egg.

Trying the piece of fried chicken by itself, it was pretty darn good. Nice crunch, seasoned well, and came covered in maple syrup. Thumbs up.

$17 (Sandwich for $10 plus a side of fried chicken $7)

  • 151 Elizabeth St, Little Italy
 

Chicken and Waffles, Manhattan, New York City

Chicken and Waffles at 44 & X

This is why I started this project. Finding the good fried chicken that aren't on anyone's list. To be honest, I had no expectation for the chicken and waffles at 44 & X Hell's Kitchen. Actually, I have learned that for anything in and around Midtown, I should keep my expectations low. But the chicken and waffles surprised me. It's actually quite good. Yes, it's pretty pricey for just 1 piece of chicken but it was good. Seasoned well. The addition of the collard greens was a good change from the old salad, fries, mashed potatoes, slaw that usually accompanies fried chicken. What I really wanted more was the black pepper and maple syrup reduction on the chive waffle. Holy shit, that was good.

$18 (1 piece of chicken with waffles)

  • 622 10th Ave, Hell's Kitchen
 

Sandwich, Manhattan, New York City

Fried Chicken Sandwich at The Smith

I have come to the conclusion that when a fried chicken sandwich is served with a baguette like bread (long and crusty), it's not going to be good. The problem for me is that, there are too much crunchy texture from the bread and the chicken. And and the chicken just gets lost inside the sandwich.

And that is what happened at The Smith. After eating half of it, my teeth got tired of chewing. The chicken needed more seasoning to punch through the bread and lettuce and paprika aioli. Though the fries were tasty.

$16 (Sandwich with fries)

  • 55 3rd Ave, East Village
 
  • 956 2nd Ave, Midtown East
 
  • 1900 Broadway, Upper West Side
 

Hot Chicken, Manhattan, New York City, Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich at Delaney Chicken

The chicken from Delaney Chicken is really good. I LOVE how light the outer crust is. This is because they dip the chicken into a wet batter instead of just plain flour. If you have eaten tempura before, this is super similar. The sandwich (fried thigh, pickles, Duke's mayo, Crystal hot sauce) is GOOD. It's spicy, just the right amount of spiciness. And $8 in Midtown for a delicious fried chicken sandwich, it's a great deal.

$8 (Sandwich only)

  • 230 Park Ave, Midtown (Inside UrbanSpace Vanderbilt)
 

Manhattan, New York City

Birds & Bubbles

I've been having Sarah Simmons' fried chicken for years and I love it. The only bad thing about it was that she only did it during Sunday dinners at City Grit. So when I heard about Birds & Bubbles opening in Lower East Side, I was super excited. Super excited for Sarah and super excited for me since I can eat her fried chicken whenever I want. Her chicken is always crispy and delicious and the cocktails that they have are all super tasty.

$18 (Half chicken)

  • 100B Forsyth St, Lower East Side
 

Manhattan, New York City, Sandwich

Chicken Biscuit at Cheeky Sandwiches

I've been going to Cheeky Sandwiches for years and somehow they have been able to keep the same prices on their sandwiches. I love this place. I can't think of anything more they can do to improve it. The sandwich (biscuit, fried chicken, slaw, and gravy) is awesome and I love that the space is tiny.

$6.50 (Sandwich only)

  • 35 Orchard St, Chinatown
 

Manhattan, New York City, Sandwich

Epic Fried Chicken Sandwich at Spitzer’s Corner

This sandwich at Spitzer's Corner is not epic nor worth $12. I do like the use of the potato bun, pickle and lettuce on the side, and hot sauce. I also like that they stacked up the pieces of fried chicken for picture worthiness. The sandwich didn't suck, it was just okay.

$12 (Sandwich only)

  • 101 Rivington St, Lower East Side
 

Manhattan, New York City, Sandwich

Mighty Quinn's Barbeque

Mighty Quinn's Barbeque recently came out with their own crispy spicy chicken sandwich. The piece of chicken is rubbed with barbeque rub, smoked, then fried (hence why it looks dark and burnt but it's not). This was OK. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat it but if I was in near a Mighty Quinn's and was just dying for a chicken sandwich. This sandwich comes with a pretty tasty spicy sauce, pickled cucumbers, and pickled celery.

This is only available in Manhattan (and probably their Jersey spot) for now.

$8.55 (Sandwich only)

  • 103 2nd Ave, East Village
 
  • 75 Greenwich Ave, West Village
 
  • 225 Liberty St, FiDi (Inside Brookfield Place)
 

New York City, Sandwich, Brooklyn, Manhattan

Pies 'N' Thighs

This chicken biscuit from Pies ‘n’ Thighs haunts my dreams. I still remember eating it the first time and made the mistake of sharing it with a friend. Ever since then, we each order our own. It comes with a slab of butter and a pool of hot sauce and honey.

$7.50 (Sandwich only)

  • 166 S. 4th St, Williamsburg
 
  • 43 Canal, Lower East Side
 

Food Truck, Manhattan, New York City, Taiwanese

Bian Dang

Oh man, I practically lived off eating Taiwanese style fried chicken over rice with meat sauce while in college. I love this dish! The crew of Bian Dang truck does a really good job. The chicken leg fries up really nicely and the meat sauce....make sure to get extra of that stuff.

$7 (1 chicken leg with rice)

  • Check their Twitter for the truck's location

Chicken and Waffles, New York City, Manhattan, Filipino

Maharlika

I was pretty excited to try this. I love when chefs adapt non-Asian dishes into their Asian menu. At Maharlika, they serve batterless fried chicken, purple yam waffle, compound anchovy-bagoong butter, and caramelized macapuno syrup. While the chicken was pretty good, I found the waffle to be a little dry. The syrup and anchovy butter...OMG the anchovy butter was so good, did help the waffle a bit.

$17 (2 pieces of chicken and waffle)

  • 111 First Ave, East Village
 

Manhattan, New York City, Sandwich

Joseph Leonard

This here sandwich from Joseph Leonard is one of my favorite sandwiches. You can see it's simple, compared to other fried chicken sandwiches aka no slaw. The piece of chicken was awesome, crispy and delicious. It came with honey, mayo, Tabasco, and pickles. You can only find this during lunch and late night. The only thing I'm not fan of, were the chips. I need...want fries, not chips.

$14 (Sandwich with chips)

  • 170 Waverly Place, West Village
 

Manhattan, New York City, Sandwich

Empire Diner

I had this sandwich at Empire Diner when Amanda Freitag was still the executive chef. Though obviously that doesn't mean that she cooked the sandwich I had. It may be the same, it may be different.

I feel at this point, after writing about so many chicken sandwiches, it's getting a bit boring to say the same thing but again this sandwich...the piece of chicken needed more seasoning. Everything else was great, great fries, crispy chicken, hot honey (yes, always hot honey), but it just needed more salt in the meat.

But yes, I would eat this again.

$15 (Sandwich and fries)

  • 210 10th Ave, Chelsea
 

Manhattan, New York City

Hudson Common

The sandwich at Hudson Common was actually pretty decent for "hotel food" but it was pretty pricey for just the sandwich. The sandwich was loaded with lettuce, pickles, slaw, and spicy mayo. The bread was pretty nice, kept everything inside but like so many fried chickens out there, the meat needed salt.

I would recommend ordering the duck fat fried fries ($6), it's pretty amazing.

$15 (Sandwich only)

  • 356 W. 58th St, Hell's Kitchen (Inside Hudson Hotel)
 

Manhattan, New York City

Ma Peche

While I thought the fried chicken family meal at Momofuku Noodle Bar was alright, I really enjoyed the country fried chicken at Ma Peche in Midtown. I got the half order which comes with 6 pieces of perfectly fried chicken. The bartender informed me that for the country fried version, the chicken was smoked before frying. Next time, I like to try the habanero fried chicken.

$28 (6 pieces)

  • 15 W. 56th, Midtown West
 

Manhattan, New York City

The Dutch

The only reason to fight the tourists in SoHo on a Saturday, is for delicious fried chicken. The Dutch only serves their hot fried chicken for lunch and brunch. It’s a half chicken, cut into 4 pieces and served with, so far, the most tasty coleslaw and most amazing honey butter biscuits.

$24 (4 pieces of chicken, biscuits, and slaw)

  • 131 Sullivan St, SoHo