New York City

Brooklyn, New York City

Chicken Sandwich at The Lodge

I totally judge everything by it's cover. To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from The Lodge, thinking that it's just enough low key random restaurant in Williamsburg. But I was pleasantly surprised by their fried chicken sandwich with spicy mayo and slaw. The fried chicken breast was juicy and flavorful. I love spicy mayo, so no complain there. I could've done with less slaw, especially the slaw underneath the chicken. The bottom bun kind of disintegrated towards the end. BUT great fries and great beer selections. A darn good place to have a quiet Friday lunch.

$12 (Sandwich with fries or salad)

  • 318 Grand St, Williamsburg
 

Brooklyn, New York City, Sandwich

Chicken Sandwich at Emmy Squared

If you're looking for a very spicy sandwich then the spicy chicken sandwich at Emmy Squared is for you. Covered in sweet sambal, this sandwich is spicy and messy. There's some nice crunch from the radishes and pickles. I'm curious why they used bok choy as well. The pretzel bun does a good job at soaking up the juices and staying intact till the last bite. They also serve a chicken parm sandwich that I need to try.

$16 (Sandwich only)

  • 364 Grand St, Williamsburg
 

Brooklyn, New York City, Sandwich

Chicken Biscuit at The Commodore

I'm sure you know that I LOVE THE COMMODORE (but only during the day and quiet weeknights). Also when your friend texts you "I'm hungover AF" you head to The Commodore and order the hash brown loaded with everything and the chicken biscuit. The chicken biscuit comes with honey butter that you can drizzle as little or as much as you want. It's probably one of my favorite chicken biscuits in NYC. Tasty, crunchy, flaky biscuit.

$9 (Sandwich only)

  • 366 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg
 

Brooklyn, New York City, Vietnamese, Chicken and Waffles

Five Spice Chicken and Waffles at Bricolage

At Bricolage in Park Slope, you can find a fried chicken that is seasoned well and has a very nice punch of five spice flavor. It's a great dish but I wish they did more with the waffles than just making plain old waffles. Maybe scallion waffles? Mochi waffles? Fish sauce waffles?

$15 (2 pieces of chicken with waffles)

  • 162 5th Ave, Park Slope
 

Brooklyn, New York City, Sandwich

Fried Chicken Sandwich at Bar Bolinas

I finally found my new favorite fried chicken sandwich. My previous favorite was Allswell but it's sister restaurant, Bar Bolinas, takes two steps further by using a Dutch crunch and having the choice of regular or spicy. The Dutch crunch is an awesome bread. A little chewy in the center and crispy edges.

$15 (Regular or spicy; comes with fries)

  • 455 Myrtle Ave, Clinton Hill
 

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
 

Brooklyn, Sandwich, New York City

Fried Chicken Sandwich at Esme

I would've been happy with this sandwich at Esme if it didn't say on the menu curried fried chicken with red curry mayo, romaine lettuce, and bacon. I did not get any hint of curry which was what I was looking forward to. Something different than the old buttermilk with salt + pepper. Also, sadly, bacon does not make everything taste better. Bacon and fried chicken do not mix well. BUT...as a whole sandwich, this was pretty decent/good. And daaaaammmmmnnnnnn those fries were great!

$13 (Sandwich with fries or salad)

  • 999 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint
 

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
 

Brooklyn, New York City, Sandwich

Chicken Biscuit at BeeHive Oven

Beehive Oven started off as a vendor at Smorgasburg and later opened a restaurant in Williamsburg. This place is awesome. The whole time I was there, I felt like I wasn't in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It's cozy and has that old timey feel like I was somewhere in New England.

So here, I decided to build my own biscuit. I kept it simple, you know me. Biscuit with fried chicken and an over easy egg (with a side of mashed potatoes).

Oh baby, pour some hot sauce on it. Beehive Oven specializes in biscuit so yeah, the biscuit was pretty great. Hhhmmmm crispy fried chicken, needed a little salt, and the last bite of biscuit/chicken was great for mopping up the last of the yolk. Win!

$8 ($3 for the biscuit, $3 for the fried chicken, and $2 for the egg)

  • 182 S 2nd St, Williamsburg
 

Brooklyn, New York City

Marietta

I finally made it! After yeeaaaaarrs of thinking about it, I finally made it to Marietta for their fried chicken. Marietta is the sister restaurant to Peaches HotHouse. Most of the food world seems to concentrate on Peaches HotHouse and their Nashville inspired hot chicken but I have to say........I enjoyed the chicken at Marietta more. The lemon-honey brine gave the chicken a slight tangy flavor which I quite enjoyed and the crust was good and crispy.

$16 (3 pieces with salad)

  • 285 Grand Ave, Clinton Hill
 

Brooklyn, New York City, Sandwich

Fried Chicken Sandwich at Mayfield

Sorry, I just don't like fried chicken sandwiches that are served in crusty, crunchy bread. I like texture but crispy fried chicken with crusty, toasty bread is too much texture for me. My poor teeth. It just wasn't very good. Though I did like that Mayfield served the dish with a side of spicy mayo for dipping the fries in.

$15 (Sandwich with fries or salad)

  • 688 Franklin Ave, Crown Heights
 

Brooklyn, Chicken and Waffles, New York City

Chicken and Waffles at j'eatjet?

The first time I had j'eatjet?'s fried chicken, it was for dinner and it was very underwhelming. Though we did order the fried mushroom and it was very delicious.

Then 10 months later, I went for the 2nd time, this time for brunch. And for brunch, they had chicken and waffles with sausage gravy. Oh boy, what a difference 10 months made. It was soooo good. The pieces of chicken were quite good but the real star was the gravy. It just added something super special to the dish.

$14 (2 pieces of chicken and waffles)

  • 685 5th Ave, Slope South
 

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
 

Brooklyn, Hot Chicken, New York City, Sandwich

Hot Chicken Sandwich at The Commodore

Beware! This hot chicken sandwich at The Commodore is SPICY. I guess that's the point but half way through eating it, it was all I could taste. Oh the pain. I mean, the sandwich is good. Crispy and the breast was surprisingly juicy. Luckily I had a delicious frozen cocktail to wash it all down.

$10 (Sandwich Only)

  • 366 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg
 

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