Our 10 Best Chicken Dishes in NYC

7. Fried Chicken at Sol de Quito -- A café straight from Quito, Ecuador, might not be the first place you'd look for great fried chicken, but remember that Bushwick is the chicken capital of the city. The bird parts here are lightly floured, then assertively fried to a pleasing darkness, so that the poultry flavor predominates, and the gratis salad makes a nice contrast. 160 Irving Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-417-4174

6. Fried Chicken at the Cardinal -- If you wanted the country's best fried chicken, where would you go? North Carolina, of course, and the Cardinal seeks to reproduce that cuisine lock, stock, and barrel of barbecue sauce. The chicken here is of the cornflake-crusted school, like KFC's extra crispy, only a thousand times better. Well, maybe that's a slight exaggeration. 234 East 4th Street, 212-995-8600

5. Kufta at Indian Clove -- Maybe you wouldn't expect it, but one of the city's best eclectic, slightly upscale South Asian restaurants is located in the Staten Island outback. That Indian Clove chooses to make its luscious ground-meat kufta out of chicken is a tribute to the bird. And roasting in the tandoori oven imparts a spectacularly smoky flavor. 1180 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, 718-442-5100

The modernistic interior of Indian Clove

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