National Fried Chicken Day
National fried chicken day
It is National Fried Chicken Day!! If you aren’t clucking or licking your fingers somewhere today; you aren’t American. Chicken, particularly fried chicken is one of the most consumed foods in America. Whether you like simple fried or double dipped buttermilk you have engaged in all out fried frenzy at some point in your life.
In honor of NFC here are my Top 5 Fried Chicken spots in The Big Apple, New York City.
366 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
“Where Brooklyn at!?!” RIP Biggie. Skip across the pond from Manhattan to Brooklyn and you have my #5 selection for fried goodness. The Commodore is a divey spot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn where it is as hard to get a table as it is to get a taxi to go to Brooklyn from Manhattan.
WHY? The consensus is “the crunch” is what makes this chicken great.
524 Court Street
We are still in Brooklyn and for good reason. I love everything about Buttermilk Channel. All the way down to the brick exposed walls. Come for the food and stay for the occasional celebrity siting like Jay-Z and Beyonce.
WHY? Paired with those cheddar waffles it takes chicken and waffles to the next level.
#3 Social eatz
232 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
If you haven’t read my review of Social Eatz, CLICK! I think that sums it up.
WHY? Because they make KFC mean something you will actually enjoy.
#2 Peaches hothouse
415 Tompkins Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Listen, I would walk over hot coals to get this chicken. And apparently they put those same hot coals in the kitchen. You can have all the spice you like at Peaches. Or you can be a light weight and get a much tamer version. Either way the chicken is only the start of delightful things offered at Peaches. Thank me later.
WHY? It’s authentic southern love in every bite.
#1 charles country pan fried chicken
2839 Frederick Douglass Blvd., Harlem
Long before the 2nd “renaissance” of Harlem and Marcus Samuelsson was still dishing up Norwegian fair at Aquavit, there were only a few “go-to” eats in Harlem. Not Sylvia’s, not Melba’s but Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken.
Charles Gabriel is the master fryer of Harlem. Originally called Charles’ Southern Style Kitchen Mr. Gabriel has always stayed true to his roots of Charlotte, North Carolina in making every batch in cast iron skillets. If you have ever wondered what cooking with love means; it only takes one bite of this poultry to get your answer.
WHY? It has stood the test of time with consistent southern quality.