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The New York City Chicken for Two Index

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Rotisserie Georgette, one restuarant where you can get a chicken for two. Photo by Daniel Krieger

New York City is overrun with shareable chicken dishes. At some restaurants, the chicken for two is an affordable and terrific entree option, while at others, you're basically getting taken to the cleaners via a large pile of chalky poultry. For a glimpse at the spread, check out Eater's Chicken for Two Index, with everything you need to know about 14 popular birds:

Here are 14 top birds for two, listed by price:

pokpokchicken.jpg The Restaurant: Pok Pok Ny
Listed on the Menu As: Kai yaang tua (poussin)
Accompaniments: The hen is stuffed with lemongrass, garlic, pepper, and cilantro, and it's served with sweet and sour, spicy, and tamarind sauces.
Price: $21
What the Critics Say: Ryan Sutton says: " Kai yaang, made with an expensive breed of poultry...has its subtle flavors overpowered by garlic."
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missionchicken2.jpgThe Restaurant: Mission Cantina
Listed on the Menu As: Whole Rotisserie Chicken
Accompaniments: The chicken is stuffed with chorizo, rice, raisins, and pecans, and it comes with salad and a brown rice vinaigrette.
Price:$35
What the Critics Say: Max Falkowitz: "[S]chmaltzy and moist, served over a heap of rice with pecans and nubs of chorizo. It serves three at least, and if you order it, dig down for extras of rice while your friends fight over the bird. That rice tastes more like chicken than most chickens."
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lafayette%20chicken.jpgThe Restaurant: Lafayette
Listed on the Menu As: Rotisserie Natural Chicken
Accompaniments: Sauce au vinaigre
Price: $50
What the Critics Say: Ryan Sutton: "The low heat gives the meat a soft texture; feel free to shred the flesh with your fingers. The skin isn't crisp as in roast chicken, but delicate and satisfyingly unctuous." [Click Here for Food Porn]

locandachicken.jpgThe Restaurant: Locanda Verde
Listed on the Menu As: Fire-roasted Garlic Chicken for Two
Accompaniments: None
Price: $28/pp
What the Critics Say: Adam Platt: "[I]f you're dining with a ravenous crowd, order the bountiful, garlic-crusted chicken for two, which the chef plates on a groaning wooden board, over mountains of zucchini and fennel."
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atriumchicken.jpgThe Restaurant: Atrium DUMBO
Listed on the Menu As: Roasted Chicken for Two
Accompaniments: Truffle chicken pot-pie, crispy potatoes, and dill crème fraiche
Price: $28/pp [Click Here for Food Porn]

1222011_forgione_marc_book1.jpg1.jpg1The Restaurant: Marc Forgione
Listed on the Menu As: Bell & Evans Chicken Under a Brick
Accompaniments: Yukon potatoes, pan drippings, and broccoli rabe
Price: $59
What the Critics Say: Sam Sifton: "[I]f it were a record you'd want to play it again and again."
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commercechix.jpgThe Restaurant: Commerce
Listed on the Menu As: Whole Roasted Chicken for Two
Accompaniments: Winter vegetables and truffled potato puree
Price: $32/pp
What the Critics Say: Frank Bruni: "[I]t's a bird of a different, more decadent feather."
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doverchicken.jpgThe Restaurant: Dover
Listed on the Menu As: Chicken For Two
Accompaniments: Winter vegetable gratin and black truffle raddichio
Price:$65
What the Critics Say: Alan Richman: "Dover is entirely devoid of frou-frou. What it offers are luxurious products, the real frills of fine dining: oysters, lobster, duck, and a splendid chicken entrée for two that is served in two courses. As one cagey dining vet at my table said, "When you see a dish that comes in two courses, always order it." [Click Here for Food Porn]

kingsidechix.jpgThe Restaurant: Kingside
Listed on the Menu As: Roast Chicken
Accompaniments: Roasted vegetables and potatoes
Price: $65 [Click Here for Food Porn]

montmartrechix.jpgThe Restaurant: Montmartre
Listed on the Menu As: Coq au vin jaune pour deux
Accompaniments: Egg noodles, hen of the woods mushrooms, and bacon
Price: $65
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mwellschix.jpgThe Restaurant: M. Wells Steakhouse
Listed on the Menu As: Roasted Whole Chicken
Accompaniments: None
Price: $70
What the Critics Say: Adam Platt: "The skin is salty, crackly, and golden brown. You don't really need a knife, because the perfectly tender meat falls off the bone as you tweak it with your fork." [Click Here for Food Porn]

georgechix.jpgThe Restaurant: Rotisserie Georgette
Listed on the Menu As: Poule de Luxe
Accompaniments: Wild mushrooms (stuffed in the breast), seared foie gras, and jus
Price: $36/pp
What the Critics Say: Steve Cuozzo: "It's a worthy little sister to mushroom-stuffed "poule de luxe" for two ($72) that gives The NoMad's exalted $79 bird a run for its precious feathers."
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balthazarchix.jpgThe Restaurant: Balthazar
Listed on the Menu As: Whole Roasted Free-Range Chicken
Accompaniments: Garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Price: $73 [Click Here for Food Porn]

Nomadchix.jpgThe Restaurant: The Nomad
Listed on the Menu As: Chicken
Accompaniments: Stuffed with foie gras, black truffles, and brioche
Price: $79
What the Critics Say: Ryan Sutton says: "The chicken will rock your socks." [Click Here for Food Porn]

— Zach Ligas

Pok Pok Ny

117 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (718) 923-9322 Visit Website

Montmartre

158 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Lafayette

380 Lafayette Street, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 533-3000 Visit Website

Atrium

1816 North Vermont Avenue, , CA 90027 (323) 607-6944 Visit Website

NoMad Restaurant

1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 212 796 1500

Commerce

50 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014 Visit Website

Kingside

Viceroy New York Hotel, 120 West 57th Street, New York, NY

Rotisserie Georgette

14 East 60th Street, Manhattan, NY 10022 (212) 390-8060 Visit Website

Locanda Verde

377 Greenwich Street, Manhattan, NY 10013 (212) 925-3797 Visit Website

Marc Forgione

134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013 Visit Website

Dover

412 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 347-987-3545 Visit Website

Mission Cantina

172 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (212) 254-2233 Visit Website

Balthazar

80 Spring Street, Manhattan, NY 10012 (212) 965-1414 Visit Website

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