One could argue that fried chicken is America’s greatest contribution to world gastronomy: Golden brown and crunchy on the outside, moist and flavorful on the inside. And here in New York City, it’s available in a dizzying array of permutations, now including a Szechuan peppercorn-spiked fried chicken from a chef with a fine dining background to the many sandwich options. As America’s most treasured comfort food, fried chicken has never been needed more than during the current coronavirus pandemic (there’s been a surge in pizza options this past year).
Here are some of our favorite places to score some oil-boiled yardbird across the city. Plan on visiting in person if it’s an option. Restaurants that provide outdoor seating and local delivery are indicated where possible. Otherwise, check with third-party delivery services on where to find the city’s top selection of fried chicken.
A number of New York City restaurants have resumed outdoor dining services. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for outdoor dining, as there are still safety concerns: For updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the NYC Health Department’s website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.
For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hot spots in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, and our guides to brunch spots, coffee shops, food halls, rooftop restaurants and Michelin-starred restaurants offering outdoor dining.
Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2016.Read More