New York has been having a fried chicken moment since 2009, when David Chang launched a fried chicken prix fixe dinner
at Momofuku, and Andrew Carmellini answered with a similar meal
at Locanda Verde. That summer also saw Brooklyn Bowl
's beginnings, where the Bromberg brothers have been serving crispy cluckers ever since to great fanfare. Fast-forward four years: Interest in crisp, deep-fried poultry has only grown, and there seems to be no shortage of deep-pocketed investors looking to make a reliable buck from it.
in New York's Chelsea Market opened to warm reviews, and people loved the poultry
at Michael White & Eben Freeman's The Butterfly in Tribeca. Then, the Bromberg brothers kept their fire burning with Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
in the East Village.... Meanwhile, in L.A., long a town enamored of pollo frito
, the LA Fried Chicken Fest
returns for a second year on September 15.
Fried chicken has been a stalwart favorite forever; after this summer, it seems to have solidified its place in the pecking order, even among the gourmand set. Expect more savory breasts and thighs until the market reaches total saturation.