- M. Wells Steakhouse
43-15 Crescent St., Long Island City; 718-786-9060
The first thing you notice about Hugue Dufour’s impressive roast chicken is its size. This isn’t really a chicken for two at all—it’s a whole roasted bird for five or six. The next things you notice are the crackly golden-brown skin and the perfectly tender meat, which falls away when you tweak it with your fork. This is roast chicken in its most elemental, satisfying form, and it only gets better as you work your way down to the jumble of potatoes and assorted crispy bits, all mingled together at the bottom of the plate.
Best Roast Chicken
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).