The Best Fried Chicken in New York City, Ranked

Side of mac and cheese = mandatory

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The good news: You don’t have to go to Louisiana, Nashville or Atlanta to get incredible fried chicken. The even better news: You still have plenty of time to hit up these 18 amazing fried chicken joints in NYC this summer. Get extra napkins.

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18. Hill Country Chicken

We’re all about the crunchy cracker breading. Order the thigh and drumstick deluxe with a buttermilk biscuit and a side of cheesy fried mashed potatoes.

Locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; 212-257-6446 or

17. Wilma Jean

This no-frills chicken sandwich won us over. It’s not fancy and it’s not big (you should probably order two), but it’s pretty damn tasty.

345 Smith St. (at Carroll St.), Brooklyn; 718-422-0444 or

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16. Talde

OK, it isn’t the fried chicken you’d order down South, but these Kung Pao fried chicken wings by Top Chef alum Dale Talde really pack a punch. (Just make sure to order a giant glass of water.)

369 Seventh Ave. (at 11th St.), Brooklyn; 347-916-0031 or

15. Burnside Biscuits

The chicken and waffles at this Astoria spot are definitely worth the schlep. Make sure you ask for extra syrup.

32-07 30th Ave. (at 32nd St.), Queens; 917-832-7822 or

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14. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

Get your sammie straight up, with bacon or with macaroni and cheese. (Or both. We won’t judge.)

28 E. First St. (at Second Ave.); 212-228-0404 or

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13. Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken

No deep fryers here. Or real plates, for that matter. But we’re here for amazing chicken, not a four-star dining experience. And this pan-fried deliciousness is the real deal.

2841 Frederick Douglass Blvd. #1 (at 151st St.); 212-281-1800

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Pies 'n' Thighs

12. Pies 'n' Thighs

You can get fried chicken for breakfast, lunch and dinner at this now-famous NYC spot. (Just, um, maybe not all in the same day, OK?)

Locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; 212-431-4737 or

11. Bonchon

Whoa, this Korean chain has over 100 locations internationally. And after sampling the spicy soy garlic wings, we think it could use a few more.

Locations in Manhattan and Queens; 212-221-3339 or

10. Sticky's Finger Joint

Ever since we were ten years old, we’ve been dreaming of a classy chicken finger restaurant to call our own. And then there’s the s’mores fries...

Multiple locations in Manhattan; 212-777-7131 or

9. Root & Bone

What’s the secret to Root & Bone’s mouthwatering chicken-and-waffle sandwich? Shh, the meat is brined in sweet tea with cayenne and paprika.

200 E. Third St. (at Ave. B); 646-682-7076 or

8. The Redhead

Ignore the salad. Pair a few pieces of the buttermilk fried chicken with a side of tots and the bacon peanut brittle. You won’t be disappointed.

349 E. 13th St. (at First Ave.); 212-533-6212 or

7. Birds & Bubbles

Buttermilk fried chicken and Champagne, together at last.

100B Forsyth St. (at Grand St.); 646-368-9240 or

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Sweet Chick

6. Sweet Chick

Bring your veggie friends--believe it or not, the vegetarian chicken and waffles is every bit as good as the real thing.

Locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn; 646-657-0233 or

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Buttermilk Channel

5. Buttermilk Channel

It’s Beyoncé’s favorite place to get fried chicken. Need we say more?

524 Court St. (at Huntington St.), Brooklyn; 718-852-8490 or

4. Fuku

Brave the lines and your reward is an out-of-this-world spicy chicken sandwich. It’s worth it.

163 First Ave. (at Tenth St.);

3. Bobwhite Lunch And Supper Counter

This quaint lunch spot serves up Southern charm (just look at those adorable plates) and some damn delicious chicken.

Locations in the West Village and East Village; 212-228-2972 or

2. The Commodore

The only dive bar where you can play video games, drink cheap beer and eat some of the best fried chicken on earth.

366 Metropolitan Ave. (at Havermeyer St.), Brooklyn; 718-218-7632

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Peaches HotHouse

1. Peaches Hothouse

A heaping plate of Nashville-style fried chicken (read: super spicy) with a side of mac and cheese is last-meal territory, people. Put it on your bucket list.

415 Tompkins Ave. (at Hancock St.); 718-483-9111 or

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From 2016-2019 Carolyn Kuang-chen Stanley held the role of Editor covering food, travel and all things nyc.