THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN SPOTS IN NEW YORK CITY
New York may have the market cornered on pizza, bagels, and black & white cookies... but fried chicken? Sure, we may not be in the South, but that hasn’t stopped this city from making a name for itself in the fried-chicken scene. From casual, over-the-counter joints serving a mean chicken & waffles, to sit-down restaurants doling out Korean-inspired wings, the fried-fowl craze, which first took off in the city back in 2009 at places like Momofuku Noodle Bar and Locanda Verde, is still going strong. And with continued openings of old-school-style Southern joints and more inventive modern spots in recent years, there’s arguably never been a better time to enjoy fried bird in New York -- particularly at these 14 places.
ROOT & BONE
Leave it to Top Chef vets Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth to make comforting country grub feel surprisingly refined. The bird, which pulls from McInnis’ grandmother’s recipe, is brined in sweet tea, pressure-fried for utmost moisture, topped with dehydrated lemon & dill, and plated with a side of bourbon Tabasco honey. Slightly citrusy, slightly spicy, and completely addictive, it's just as good as the stuff served south of the Mason-Dixon line -- or so you might wind up thinking. (Oh, and there’s a takeout counter for those who feel like having their bird on the run.)