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22 Crispy, Juicy Fried Chicken Dishes for Takeout and Outdoor Dining in NYC

The most golden, flaky chicken around, from fast-casual joints and Filipino snack shops to soul-food spots and New American bistros

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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.

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1. Paula's Soul Cafe

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746 E 233rd St
Bronx, NY 10466
(718) 655-1022
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The fried chicken at this great soul food cafe in the Wakefield section of the Bronx is buttermilk-marinated, and hence a little darker than most — and it’s damn good. And so are the whiting sandwiches, mac and cheese, banana pudding, and-do-it-yourself carryout seafood boils. There’s another location in Jersey, too.

Two pieces of dark fried chicken Robert Sietsema/Eater

2. Palace Fried Chicken

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21-02 36th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 729-4811

With a touch of paprika and a shake of garlic powder, the chicken at Palace has a slight red tint and draws on a number of Latin Ameran influences. It’s also shockingly inexpensive and open past 10 p.m. The free biscuit is pretty good, too. All meat is halal, and local delivery is available by calling the restaurant.

Two pieces of fried chicken with a biscuit on a white paper plate on a blue tray Robert Sietsema/Eater

3. Jollibee

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609 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018
(212) 994-2711
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The fast-food Filipino Jollibee chain — whose mascot is a jolly bumblebee — has long been established in Woodside, Queens, but it took years for its Manhattan branch to open in 2018. Good fried chicken sold by the piece (and the pieces are large) is its raison d’être, but the sides are also worth ordering. These include a very sweet version of spaghetti with tomato sauce topped with lots and lots of cheese. The fried pies and frozen desserts are other popular items.

You’re not going to believe this, but it’s a fried chicken drumstick plus a giant pile of spaghetti with red sauce Robert Sietsema/Eater

4. Bonchon New York - 32nd Street

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325 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 686-8282
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This classic Korean fried chicken chain, located in Koreatown, double-fries birds to order, so your poultry will be super fresh, with a very crisp and slightly sweet crust whether ordering the spicy version or one doused in soy garlic. Sides should include kimchi coleslaw and pickled daikon radish, and the Parmesan-heaped french fries aren’t bad, either. The Ktown location is offering takeout and delivery at the moment but there are multiple other locations, including Brooklyn and Jersey City.

A box of sticky looking fried chicken, with french fry and cubed radish sides. Robert Sietsema/Eater

5. TKK Fried Chicken

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115 E 23rd St
New York, NY 10010
(646) 476-2013
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For some fine fast-food fried chicken that’s not Popeyes, turn to the TKK chain out of Taiwan, founded in 1974. It teamed up with Kung Fu Tea near Baruch College, where you can wash down a fairly conventional fried chicken product with a vast range of hot and frozen beverage (plus beer). The chicken comes in three degrees of hotness. Don’t miss the fried chicken-skin rolls stuffed with sticky rice, called kwa kwa bao.

TKK Fried Chicken plate with tea and shishito peppers. Robert Sietsema/Eater

6. Cemitas El Tigre

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45-14 48th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377
(929) 296-3946
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A cemita is a Mexican sandwich hailing from the state of Puebla, made with a distinct round roll heaped high with cheese, avocado, black beans, tomatoes, mayo, and papalo leaves, which have a wonderful tarry taste. Woodside’s Cemitas El Tigre offers an unusual cemita made with fried chicken. Fried chicken tacos and burritos also are available. And, yes, there are tables out on the sidewalk. Order for pickup and delivery.

A Mexican cemita sandwich loaded with fried chicken seen in cross section Robert Sietsema/Eater

7. Rahi

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60 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011
(212) 373-8900
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It’s easy enough to find a spicy fried chicken sandwich in the city — hell, you only need to go to the nearest Popeyes. But nothing quite matches the one at Rahi. Mounted on a brioche bun, the chicken itself is coated in a fiery masala incorporated into the breading, on which is slathered a mint-and-pickle mayo before the fried onions are heaped on top.

Fried chicken on a brioche with spice dusted fries on the side. Robert Sietsema/Eater

8. Biryani Darbar

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769 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 499-0158
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Chicken majestic is a magnificent street snack from the city of Hyderabad in southern India’s Telangana state. The strips of poultry are marinated in buttermilk laced with a pungent spice mixture, then coated with cornmeal and deep-fried. Finally, a turmeric-and-yogurt sauce is drizzled all over, making a gooey and deliriously tart take on fried chicken. Sometimes a table is pushed out on the sidewalk, sometimes not. Order online.

Fried chicken majestic with yellow turmeric yogurt sauce and purple onion rings Robert Sietsema/Eater

9. Perry Street

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176 Perry St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 352-1900
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This handsome restaurant with a view of the Hudson River has a penchant for frying chicken. It serves small pieces that are nicely crusted and seeded, with a pool of tart and fruity Scotch bonnet sauce surrounded by seasonal ingredients like creamed ramps and sauteed morels. This incredible dish is found on the takeout, delivery, and indoor menu.

Fancy fried chicken in a yellow habanero sauce surrounded by a ring of leaves Robert Sietsema/Eater

10. Pelicana Chicken

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52 E 8th St
New York, NY 10003
(646) 791-5766
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This Korean chain, which styles itself as the King of Chicken, offers the usual assortment of bone-in chicken pieces as well as boneless with batters that can vary in levels of crispiness and spice level. In addition, it also provides dipping sauces in flavors like camembert, honey garlic, and scallion that enliven the poultry considerably. Other locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.

Two trays of fried chicken with all sorts of toppings and dipping sauces on the side. Robert Sietsema/Eater

11. Pecking House

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18523 Union Tpke
Queens, NY 11366
(718) 454-9230
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The wait list to order the fried chicken from this Eleven Madison Park alum is long but worth it. Chef Eric Huang offers three pieces of fried chicken —spiked with Tianjin chili and Szechuan peppercorns — with three rotating side dishes such as smashed cucumbers or a seasonal salad. The chicken holds up remarkably well for a delivery-only service.

Pieces of chili flakes coated fried chicken from the delivery only restaurant Pecking House
Pecking House’s crisp fried chicken
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12. The Dutch

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131 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 677-6200
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Niftily served in a stainless-steel wok (at least in the Before Times), the fried chicken at the Dutch isn’t cheap, but it’s an entire half bird of formidable size. It comes with honey-butter biscuits and coleslaw, and you can share it as a main course at lunch, supper, and brunch. The charming Soho restaurant with a 19th-century feel offers outdoor and indoor dining in addition to online ordering.

Fried chicken, slaw, and small biscuits served in a metal bowl Robert Sietsema/Eater

13. Bobwhite Counter

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94 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-2972
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This microsized spot in Alphabet City specializes in two things: fried chicken and fried catfish. The chicken is simple and crisp-skinned, with little fuss made other than very careful cooking. The sides are also great, especially the lighter-than-air biscuits and hearty mac and cheese. Outdoor seating available at both East Village and Jersey City locations. Phone app for online ordering.

Fried chicken with collard greens and a biscuit on a pink flowered plate Robert Sietsema/Eater

14. Saigon Social

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172 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 609-3202
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The spicy fried chicken sandwich has tons of fans at this Lower East Side house of Vietnamese comfort food. It’s made from a big, big thigh that’s marinated, deep-fried, and then loaded with pickled jalapenos, lime-leaf aioli, the usual pickled veggies, and cilantro. The tater tots served on the side seal the deal.

A fried chicken sandwich with a gigantic hunk of chicken held by a hand and with tater tots in a box underneath. Robert Sietsema/Eater

15. Captain's Fried Chicken

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39 Madison St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 587-0281

On the fringes of the Lower East Side, where it blends into Chinatown, Captain’s is one of those halal fried chicken places that dot the urban landscape, producing exemplary birds in innumerable combinations according with no marination and lightly dusted skin that’s crisply fried. French fries or mashed potatoes with gravy are the recommended sides. Full meal less than $10. There are no outdoor tables.

A carryout box of fried chicken and a not very good looking biscuit in a carryout box with a red white and blue motif... Robert Sietsema/Eater

16. Pies 'n' Thighs

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166 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 529-6090
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This is where the Brooklyn hipster fried chicken movement began under the Williamsburg Bridge in 2006, when Pies ’n’ Thighs debuted at the Rockstar Bar. Its current location still turns out excellent plump fried chicken pieces. The bird’s heavily brined, after all. And the pies ain’t bad, either, especially the icebox ones. Outdoor seating and online ordering are available.

Two pieces of fried chicken along with blackeyed peas and a biscuit on a yellow plate Robert Sietsema/Eater

17. Grandchamps

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197 Patchen Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11233
(718) 484-4880
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Expect fried chicken with a Haitian flair at Grandchamps in Bed-Stuy. That means it’s served with the spicy slaw called pikliz, along with white rice and twice-fried plantain. The bird is spare, crusty, and utterly delicious. Other Haitian standards like griot are available, and a selection of Haitian groceries is displayed on the counter for that special birthday gift. Takeout is available by calling the restaurant and there’s outdoor seating at the Brooklyn Navy Yard location.

Two pieces of fried chicken with green plantains, rice, and slaw. Robert Sietsema/Eater

18. Napoleon's Southern Cuisine

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1180 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(347) 663-3069

Bed-Stuy’s combination bakery and soul food spot excels at fried chicken sandwiches, served on white bread or whole wheat. The crust is stouter than most, with enough richness to the coating that you probably don’t need condiments — though the sandwich benefits from a judicious squirt of hot sauce. Fried chicken wings and chicken and waffles are also available.

A fried chicken sandwich on whole wheat bread with a bottle of hot sauce in the background Robert Sietsema/Eater

19. Yafa Deli

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907 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 789-8630

The Yemeni owners of this Clinton Hill bodega claim they learned chicken frying from African-American cooks in the neighborhood. And there it is, gleaming like godhead in the glass cabinet: chicken parts fried in small batches, and utterly fantastic. Open 24 hours, pickup only. No preorder necessary, unless you want a lot.

Two pieces of golden brown fried chicken Robert Sietsema/Eater

20. Peaches HotHouse

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415 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(718) 483-9111
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Peaches Hot House’s business has actually thrived throughout the pandemic, and one main reason is its fried chicken, served as a Nashville-style hot chicken plate or as a fried chicken sandwich. This neighborhood spot offers decent-sized portions that are reasonably priced, but most of all, the Southern-inspired recipes are no fuss and exactly what is expected of stellar fried chicken: crispy, flakey, juicy, and perfectly fried.

Three pieces of flakey, fried chicken rest in a red-and-white checkered napkin in a takeout basket
Flakey, crisp fried chicken from Peaches Hot House
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21. Mitchell's Soul Food

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617 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(718) 789-3212

Unbrined and coated with a thin crust that’s mainly skin, Mitchell’s bird is supremely flavorful, and it's served with all the traditional soul food choices. Pick the collards and mac and cheese. Other soul food fare is also recommended, especially anything involving pork chops, at this courageous, decades-old Prospect Heights stalwart, unbowed by gentrification. Currently pickup only; call the restaurant.

A white plate with fried chicken, mac and cheese, and green beans Robert Sietsema/Eater

22. Miss Dong Burger

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711 54th St
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(917) 909-0699
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This Sunset Park Taiwanese snack shop favored by locas specializes in reworked burgers, burritos, and other comfort food classics, including hot dogs. One of its most interesting offerings is the so-called Mexican style chicken wrap — really a burrito — shown here in its unrolled form so you can see the inside. There’s plenty of fried chicken and shredded lettuce in there, in addition to a drizzle of mayo — it’s a fun way to eat fried chicken.

An unwrapped fried chicken burrito. Robert Sietsema/Eater

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1. Paula's Soul Cafe

746 E 233rd St, Bronx, NY 10466
Two pieces of dark fried chicken Robert Sietsema/Eater

The fried chicken at this great soul food cafe in the Wakefield section of the Bronx is buttermilk-marinated, and hence a little darker than most — and it’s damn good. And so are the whiting sandwiches, mac and cheese, banana pudding, and-do-it-yourself carryout seafood boils. There’s another location in Jersey, too.

746 E 233rd St
Bronx, NY 10466

2. Palace Fried Chicken

21-02 36th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101
Two pieces of fried chicken with a biscuit on a white paper plate on a blue tray Robert Sietsema/Eater

With a touch of paprika and a shake of garlic powder, the chicken at Palace has a slight red tint and draws on a number of Latin Ameran influences. It’s also shockingly inexpensive and open past 10 p.m. The free biscuit is pretty good, too. All meat is halal, and local delivery is available by calling the restaurant.

21-02 36th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

3. Jollibee

609 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018
You’re not going to believe this, but it’s a fried chicken drumstick plus a giant pile of spaghetti with red sauce Robert Sietsema/Eater

The fast-food Filipino Jollibee chain — whose mascot is a jolly bumblebee — has long been established in Woodside, Queens, but it took years for its Manhattan branch to open in 2018. Good fried chicken sold by the piece (and the pieces are large) is its raison d’être, but the sides are also worth ordering. These include a very sweet version of spaghetti with tomato sauce topped with lots and lots of cheese. The fried pies and frozen desserts are other popular items.

609 8th Ave
New York, NY 10018

4. Bonchon New York - 32nd Street

325 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016
A box of sticky looking fried chicken, with french fry and cubed radish sides. Robert Sietsema/Eater

This classic Korean fried chicken chain, located in Koreatown, double-fries birds to order, so your poultry will be super fresh, with a very crisp and slightly sweet crust whether ordering the spicy version or one doused in soy garlic. Sides should include kimchi coleslaw and pickled daikon radish, and the Parmesan-heaped french fries aren’t bad, either. The Ktown location is offering takeout and delivery at the moment but there are multiple other locations, including Brooklyn and Jersey City.

325 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016

5. TKK Fried Chicken

115 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010
TKK Fried Chicken plate with tea and shishito peppers. Robert Sietsema/Eater

For some fine fast-food fried chicken that’s not Popeyes, turn to the TKK chain out of Taiwan, founded in 1974. It teamed up with Kung Fu Tea near Baruch College, where you can wash down a fairly conventional fried chicken product with a vast range of hot and frozen beverage (plus beer). The chicken comes in three degrees of hotness. Don’t miss the fried chicken-skin rolls stuffed with sticky rice, called kwa kwa bao.

115 E 23rd St
New York, NY 10010

6. Cemitas El Tigre

45-14 48th Ave, Woodside, NY 11377
A Mexican cemita sandwich loaded with fried chicken seen in cross section Robert Sietsema/Eater

A cemita is a Mexican sandwich hailing from the state of Puebla, made with a distinct round roll heaped high with cheese, avocado, black beans, tomatoes, mayo, and papalo leaves, which have a wonderful tarry taste. Woodside’s Cemitas El Tigre offers an unusual cemita made with fried chicken. Fried chicken tacos and burritos also are available. And, yes, there are tables out on the sidewalk. Order for pickup and delivery.

45-14 48th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377

7. Rahi

60 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10011
Fried chicken on a brioche with spice dusted fries on the side. Robert Sietsema/Eater

It’s easy enough to find a spicy fried chicken sandwich in the city — hell, you only need to go to the nearest Popeyes. But nothing quite matches the one at Rahi. Mounted on a brioche bun, the chicken itself is coated in a fiery masala incorporated into the breading, on which is slathered a mint-and-pickle mayo before the fried onions are heaped on top.

60 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10011

8. Biryani Darbar

769 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306
Read Review |
Fried chicken majestic with yellow turmeric yogurt sauce and purple onion rings Robert Sietsema/Eater

Chicken majestic is a magnificent street snack from the city of Hyderabad in southern India’s Telangana state. The strips of poultry are marinated in buttermilk laced with a pungent spice mixture, then coated with cornmeal and deep-fried. Finally, a turmeric-and-yogurt sauce is drizzled all over, making a gooey and deliriously tart take on fried chicken. Sometimes a table is pushed out on the sidewalk, sometimes not. Order online.

769 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306

9. Perry Street

176 Perry St, New York, NY 10014
Fancy fried chicken in a yellow habanero sauce surrounded by a ring of leaves Robert Sietsema/Eater

This handsome restaurant with a view of the Hudson River has a penchant for frying chicken. It serves small pieces that are nicely crusted and seeded, with a pool of tart and fruity Scotch bonnet sauce surrounded by seasonal ingredients like creamed ramps and sauteed morels. This incredible dish is found on the takeout, delivery, and indoor menu.

176 Perry St
New York, NY 10014

10. Pelicana Chicken

52 E 8th St, New York, NY 10003
Two trays of fried chicken with all sorts of toppings and dipping sauces on the side. Robert Sietsema/Eater

This Korean chain, which styles itself as the King of Chicken, offers the usual assortment of bone-in chicken pieces as well as boneless with batters that can vary in levels of crispiness and spice level. In addition, it also provides dipping sauces in flavors like camembert, honey garlic, and scallion that enliven the poultry considerably. Other locations in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn.

52 E 8th St
New York, NY 10003

11. Pecking House

18523 Union Tpke, Queens, NY 11366
Pieces of chili flakes coated fried chicken from the delivery only restaurant Pecking House
Pecking House’s crisp fried chicken
Tanay Warerkar/Eater

The wait list to order the fried chicken from this Eleven Madison Park alum is long but worth it. Chef Eric Huang offers three pieces of fried chicken —spiked with Tianjin chili and Szechuan peppercorns — with three rotating side dishes such as smashed cucumbers or a seasonal salad. The chicken holds up remarkably well for a delivery-only service.

18523 Union Tpke
Queens, NY 11366

12. The Dutch

131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
Fried chicken, slaw, and small biscuits served in a metal bowl Robert Sietsema/Eater

Niftily served in a stainless-steel wok (at least in the Before Times), the fried chicken at the Dutch isn’t cheap, but it’s an entire half bird of formidable size. It comes with honey-butter biscuits and coleslaw, and you can share it as a main course at lunch, supper, and brunch. The charming Soho restaurant with a 19th-century feel offers outdoor and indoor dining in addition to online ordering.

131 Sullivan St
New York, NY 10012

13. Bobwhite Counter

94 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009
Fried chicken with collard greens and a biscuit on a pink flowered plate Robert Sietsema/Eater

This microsized spot in Alphabet City specializes in two things: fried chicken and fried catfish. The chicken is simple and crisp-skinned, with little fuss made other than very careful cooking. The sides are also great, especially the lighter-than-air biscuits and hearty mac and cheese. Outdoor seating available at both East Village and Jersey City locations. Phone app for online ordering.

94 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009

14. Saigon Social

172 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
A fried chicken sandwich with a gigantic hunk of chicken held by a hand and with tater tots in a box underneath. Robert Sietsema/Eater

The spicy fried chicken sandwich has tons of fans at this Lower East Side house of Vietnamese comfort food. It’s made from a big, big thigh that’s marinated, deep-fried, and then loaded with pickled jalapenos, lime-leaf aioli, the usual pickled veggies, and cilantro. The tater tots served on the side seal the deal.

172 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

15. Captain's Fried Chicken

39 Madison St, New York, NY 10038
A carryout box of fried chicken and a not very good looking biscuit in a carryout box with a red white and blue motif... Robert Sietsema/Eater

On the fringes of the Lower East Side, where it blends into Chinatown, Captain’s is one of those halal fried chicken places that dot the urban landscape, producing exemplary birds in innumerable combinations according with no marination and lightly dusted skin that’s crisply fried. French fries or mashed potatoes with gravy are the recommended sides. Full meal less than $10. There are no outdoor tables.

39 Madison St
New York, NY 10038

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16. Pies 'n' Thighs

166 S 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Two pieces of fried chicken along with blackeyed peas and a biscuit on a yellow plate Robert Sietsema/Eater

This is where the Brooklyn hipster fried chicken movement began under the Williamsburg Bridge in 2006, when Pies ’n’ Thighs debuted at the Rockstar Bar. Its current location still turns out excellent plump fried chicken pieces. The bird’s heavily brined, after all. And the pies ain’t bad, either, especially the icebox ones. Outdoor seating and online ordering are available.

166 S 4th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

17. Grandchamps

197 Patchen Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11233
Two pieces of fried chicken with green plantains, rice, and slaw. Robert Sietsema/Eater

Expect fried chicken with a Haitian flair at Grandchamps in Bed-Stuy. That means it’s served with the spicy slaw called pikliz, along with white rice and twice-fried plantain. The bird is spare, crusty, and utterly delicious. Other Haitian standards like griot are available, and a selection of Haitian groceries is displayed on the counter for that special birthday gift. Takeout is available by calling the restaurant and there’s outdoor seating at the Brooklyn Navy Yard location.

197 Patchen Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11233

18. Napoleon's Southern Cuisine

1180 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
A fried chicken sandwich on whole wheat bread with a bottle of hot sauce in the background Robert Sietsema/Eater

Bed-Stuy’s combination bakery and soul food spot excels at fried chicken sandwiches, served on white bread or whole wheat. The crust is stouter than most, with enough richness to the coating that you probably don’t need condiments — though the sandwich benefits from a judicious squirt of hot sauce. Fried chicken wings and chicken and waffles are also available.

1180 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

19. Yafa Deli

907 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Two pieces of golden brown fried chicken Robert Sietsema/Eater

The Yemeni owners of this Clinton Hill bodega claim they learned chicken frying from African-American cooks in the neighborhood. And there it is, gleaming like godhead in the glass cabinet: chicken parts fried in small batches, and utterly fantastic. Open 24 hours, pickup only. No preorder necessary, unless you want a lot.

907 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11238

20. Peaches HotHouse

415 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Three pieces of flakey, fried chicken rest in a red-and-white checkered napkin in a takeout basket
Flakey, crisp fried chicken from Peaches Hot House
Clay Williams/Eater

Peaches Hot House’s business has actually thrived throughout the pandemic, and one main reason is its fried chicken, served as a Nashville-style hot chicken plate or as a fried chicken sandwich. This neighborhood spot offers decent-sized portions that are reasonably priced, but most of all, the Southern-inspired recipes are no fuss and exactly what is expected of stellar fried chicken: crispy, flakey, juicy, and perfectly fried.

415 Tompkins Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

21. Mitchell's Soul Food

617 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
A white plate with fried chicken, mac and cheese, and green beans Robert Sietsema/Eater

Unbrined and coated with a thin crust that’s mainly skin, Mitchell’s bird is supremely flavorful, and it's served with all the traditional soul food choices. Pick the collards and mac and cheese. Other soul food fare is also recommended, especially anything involving pork chops, at this courageous, decades-old Prospect Heights stalwart, unbowed by gentrification. Currently pickup only; call the restaurant.

617 Vanderbilt Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

22. Miss Dong Burger

711 54th St, Brooklyn, NY 11220
An unwrapped fried chicken burrito. Robert Sietsema/Eater

This Sunset Park Taiwanese snack shop favored by locas specializes in reworked burgers, burritos, and other comfort food classics, including hot dogs. One of its most interesting offerings is the so-called Mexican style chicken wrap — really a burrito — shown here in its unrolled form so you can see the inside. There’s plenty of fried chicken and shredded lettuce in there, in addition to a drizzle of mayo — it’s a fun way to eat fried chicken.

711 54th St
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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