Crunchy, salty, juicy fried chicken has been dominating the New York dining scene since the great fried chicken craze of 2009. Four years later, the city seems to have a fried chicken option on every corner. But there are spots serving decent fried chicken, and then there are institutions doling out truly extraordinary fried birds—and we’re only concerned about the latter category, because life’s too short for mediocre chicken.
May we suggest a Harlem joint where the chef learned his chicken pan-frying technique on a visit to North Carolina? How about a chain that serves addictive Korean fried chicken with crisp, paper-thin skin? No matter what your budget and style is, one of these fried chicken meccas is sure to hit the spot.
Here are our five favorite spots to feast on fried chicken in NYC.