The 10 best fried chicken sandwiches in NYC

By David Farley

Fried chicken might be the ultimate comfort food—and when you put that crispy piece of juicy bird in between two pieces of fluffy bread you’ve got a true American edible icon. The fried chicken sandwich has upped its game in New York City in the last couple of years, as the dish continues to cluck its way on to menus on both sides of the East River. Here are our ten favorite from all around the Big Apple.

Wilma Jean
The Southern restaurant in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens from chef Rob Newton makes a simply delicious sandwich: take one piece of crispy fried chicken, a leaf of lettuce, a smear of mayo, and assemble it all between a soft potato bun.
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens MAP

Cemitas El Tigre
Sunnyside, Queens isn’t just worthy of a trek for its Thai restaurant scene. This Mexican sandwich spot serves cemitas—a sandwich from the region of Puebla—and the fried chicken version here is stuffed with southern fried chicken cutlets, Oaxaca Cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, pickled onions, mayo, chipotle puree, black bean spread and papalo all between a toasted sesame seed bun.
Neighborhood: Sunnyside MAP

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken
The Bromberg brothers of Blue Ribbon fame know how to make a fried chicken sandwich. At their poultry-centric East Village spot this clucking good sandwich gets the super-duper treatment with melted cheese, caramelized pineapple, and a handful of flavor-enhancing sauces.
Neighborhood: East Village MAP

Fuku
This is the chicken sandwich that started it all. No, chef David Chang didn’t invent it, but he gave it that twist that took it to the next level. After Fuku fired up its fryer for the first time in June 2015, New York City eaters got a serious craving for fried chicken between bread. Chang splashes his bird with a habanero brine, giving it a bit of a kick in the taste buds. And don’t forget to squirt on some of that ssäm sauce to give it that Momofuku touch.
Neighborhood: East Village MAP

Bobwhite (photo credit: Jequrey Slaton)

Bobwhite Lunch & Supper Counter
This East Village Southern spot does something its poultry-serving brethren do not: It serves its tender crispy chicken on a toasted roll, adding an extra layer of crunch to the texture. Splash on some hot sauce and you’ve got a sweatin’ good sandwich to bite into.
Neighborhood: East Village MAP

Cheeky Sandwiches
This tiny Lower East Side eatery serves up a formidable Southern staple: a juicy piece of fried chicken on a flaky biscuit topped with coleslaw and sprinkled with deeply rich gravy. This little bird-and-bread concoction packs a flavorful punch.
Neighborhood: Lower East Side MAP

Delaney Chicken

Delaney Chicken
The fried chicken club sandwich at this Midtown poultry-centric spot is a tall delicious mess crammed with herb-spiked mayo, lettuce, tomato—and the real flavor bomb—crispy bacon, all complementing the juicy piece of fried chicken that acts as the star of the show.
Neighborhood: Midtown East MAP

Joseph Leonard
Deliciousness spills out of the fried chicken delight at this rustic West Village eatery. On a soft bun, the sandwich is slathered in buttermilk dressing and topped with pickled okra, giving this breaded wonder a flavor strata that you’ll want to take some time to savor.
Neighborhood: West Village MAP

Mighty Quinn's

Mighty Quinn’s
Sure, people know this barbecue joint (with locations in the East And West Villages) as one of the best places for brisket in the city. But don’t overlook their crispy chicken sandwich, slathered in a honey-chile sauce that adds to the addictiveness of this sandwich.
Neighborhood: West Village MAP
Neighborhood: East Village MAP

Shake Shack
In Summer 2017, Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack jumped on the hot chicken bandwagon—and that’s a good thing. The hot chicken sandwich here is dusted with cayenne and guajillo pepper, giving it quite a kick to the palate.
Neighborhood: Multiple locations

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