Our 10 Best Chicken Dishes in NYC

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Who wouldn't want this Peruvian rotisserie bird from Inca Chicken? And it comes with fries.


Chicken is such a versatile bird! While McDonald's tries to disguise it, the yardbird's nature keeps asserting itself again and again. The skin is great, the organs are great, the appendages better than other animal appendages. Our love for chicken is undying, and luckily there are a zillion ways to prepare it. Here are our favorite examples.


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10. Rotisserie Bird at Inca Chicken -- Nothing beats the flavor and convenience of Peruvian poultry kickin' it on the rotisserie. The strange and sweet spice rub is reputed to be of Chinese origin, but the excellent green dipping sauce must come from another planet at this colorful Bushwick dispensary, right across the street from the troubled Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. 122 Wyckoff Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-366-3763


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9. Barbecued Chicken at John Brown Smokehouse -- Let's face it, chickens in a wood-burning barbecue usually turn out nicely smoky but badly rubbery. At Long Island City's John Brown, your expectations will be exploded by a near-perfect bird with a mild spice rub and skin that you want to eat, rather than discard. And if there were any left over, it would make a very nice sandwich the next day. 25-08 37th Avenue, Queens, 718-361-0085


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8. Roti Canai at Banana Leaf -- Nothing beats the fleecy pancake sided with a wonderful, coconut-milk-laced chicken curry at this newish Sunset Park Malaysian. The bird is tender and the curry slightly spicy, cut by the flaky unctuousness of the pancake. And other fine forms of chicken abound here. 5216 Eighth Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-851-3818


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Enjoying dinner at Banana Leaf -- the excellent Hakka Chicken is in the center of the table.


Location Info

Henan Feng Wei

136-31 41st Ave., Flushing, NY

Category: Restaurant

Spicy Village

68 Forsyth St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

John Brown Smokehouse

10-43 44th Drive, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Banana Leaf - CLOSED

5216 8th Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Sol De Quito

189 Irving Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Category: Restaurant

The Cardinal

234 E. 4th St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Indian Clove

1180 Victory Blvd., New York, NY

Category: Music

Hunan Kitchen

42-47 Main St., Flushing, NY

Category: Restaurant

Zabb Elee

75 Second Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Old Town Bar & Restaurant

45 E. 18th St., New York, NY

Category: Music


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Give me mah chicken!
Give me mah chicken!

Inca Chicken es BOMB!!!!  I buy from there at least once a week, and I have never been disappointed.  Always juicy and flavorful throughout, and I love how they take it out freshly from the roaster and chop it up right in front of you!  Green sauce is to die for!

I also tried John Brown, and I love the smokey taste!

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Ray the Fisherman
Ray the Fisherman

Inca may have made the top ten for taste, but beware of the sanitary conditions.  Three people walked out last week (including me) when the counter man proceeded to cut up the chicken on the dirty marble counter slab.  It was littered with chicken (and who knows what else) debris from previous encounters.  Disgusting and gross, really!

Rick Shaw
Rick Shaw

Have tried the chicken at John Browns after you wrote about it a couple weeks ago: WOW. Incredible smoked chicken, thanks for the tip!Oh, and "You really won't need that knife - other than to stab your dining companions so you can enjoy the entire portion." makes this list an A+!!

Daniel
Daniel

Not a good list to appear GOOD FRIDAY when us believers are stuck with fish!!!!

seasideproject
seasideproject

Sietsema really doesn't know how to spell McDonald's?

Or is that just what happens when you fire all the copy editors?

Charlie Prince
Charlie Prince

what's funny is we make fun of Inca being so ghetto but the Flavor & the way they cook it on an open flame is unbeatable! Honestly, when I went to vacation in the Philippines they champion their "Lechon Manok" (rotisserie basically) & not a single one even comes close to INCA :) I've been spoiled all this time & never knew! A true GEM in Bushwick, BROOKLYN! 

TT
TT

no JW roasted chicken from Barbuto?  FAIL

Patrick B Brigman
Patrick B Brigman

It's hard to respect a list that doesn't include Chicken and Waffles.

JohnBrown#1Fan
JohnBrown#1Fan

 Tried Inca last week. Was a bit above your average place but NOTHING and I mean absolutely NOTHING beats John Brown's chicken. Forget a fork and knife. Just pick the damn thing up and your hands!

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

That's why it's called "food porn"

Rsietsema
Rsietsema

Thanks, seasideproject will fix! Yes proofreading and copyediting are nice.

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