The burger craze has been replaced by the fried chicken phenomenon. New York Magazine recently listed the top nine fried chickens “to eat before you die” and the results are below.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
171 First Avenue (near 11th Street)
A fried chicken dinner offering up two whole chickens prepared two different ways, southern and korean, with coleslaw and biscuits swapped out for moo shu pancakes. The dinner is available by reservation only. Yes, you must reserve your fried chicken online, but rave reviews say it’s worth it.
Rack & Soul
258 W. 109th Street (near Broadway)
If you don’t feel like dishing out 100 bucks, stop by Rack & Soul on 109th and Broadway for traditional home-style fried chicken. The bird comes with two sides and choices include southern favorites like collard greens, okra, mac & cheese, and candied yams.
379 Greenwich Street (at N. Moore Street)
The Tribeca spot launched Fried Chicken Live this month, a Monday night dinner special complete with a live band. Because nothing compliments fried chicken quite like a five-string banjo. The prix-fix menu is $41 but reservations may be hard to come by, so keep an eye out for additional dates.
176 Perry Street (at West Street)
The classiest of the fried chickens, a recent visit to Perry St. introduced me to the boneless fried chicken dish that was juicy, crispy, and not to be missed. Worth every penny!
E. 13th Street (near First Ave)
The fairly new restaurant made the list with their buttermilk fried chicken, served with cornbread, spinach & strawberry salad, and almonds. The three hour salt/sugar/herb brine process seems to be a good use of time.
61 Wythe Avenue (near. N. 11th Street)
Price: $15 for dark meat, $19 for white meat
Bowling and fried chicken? What could be better? The alley/eatery offers up a highly seasoned, super crunchy bird with a side of honey for dipping. Choose from dark, mixed, or white meat ½ chickens.
116 E. 27th Street (near Lexington Avenue)
Danny Meyer’s barbeque spot has created some noteworthy non-barbeque fare. The chicken comes with a buttermilk biscuit, mashed potatoes, and gravy.
524 Court Street (at Huntington Street)
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
True to its name, this Brooklyn spot serves buttermilk fried chicken, along with cheddar waffles and a cabbage slaw. The dish is completed with a balsamic-maple syrup reduction; though some reviewers say the flavor of the chicken is more enjoyable without.
261 Moore Street (near Bogart Street)
Pies-n-Thighs partner Carolyn Bane has brought fried chicken to this Bushwick pizzeria, and the classic recipe has won customers over.