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1. Momofuku Noodle Bar
Yet another Momofuku checkmate move: You get two chickens cooked two ways, “southern style” and Korean-fried. The Korean is terrific, the Old Bay–seasoned “southern style” even better. The crazy-genius part? Serving them not with mashed potatoes and gravy but with moo shu pancakes, Greenmarket herbs, and zingy Asian-inspired condiments. $100 (by reservation only for parties of four to eight, at momofuku .com); 171 First Ave., nr. 11th St.

Photos by Hannah Whitaker

2. Rack & Soul
In the dictionary (or on the Wikipedia page), under “southern fried chicken,” there ought to be a picture of Charles Gabriel’s cast-iron-skillet version. It’s delicately crisp and juicy, virtually greaseless, and the batter adheres faithfully to the skin, producing a nice muffled crackle when you bite into it. $15.95; 258 W. 109th St., nr. Broadway; 212-222-4800.

3. Locanda Verde
Many things conspire to make this Monday-night supper the overall best fried-chicken feed in town. First there’s the sous-vide-moist chicken. What it lacks in crispness it makes up for in taste, as if each piece were imbued with an entire chicken’s worth of flavor. Then there’s the live band (five-string banjo!), the delectable sides, and the pie—especially the pie. Note: The remaining dates are sold out, but the restaurant may add more. $41 prix fixe; 379 Greenwich St., at N. Moore St.; 212-925-3797.

4. Perry St.
The most refined fried chicken on this list—and maybe the planet—takes a nerdy science-project approach involving a pan, a deep fryer, and a whipped-cream siphon that results in some supremely juicy flesh and a crust that’s bafflingly tender and ultracrisp all at once. There are many exotic spices involved, but the contrast of textures is the thing, and it’s astounding. $19; 176 Perry St., at West St.; 212-352-1900.

5. The Redhead
Beneath its burnished, craggy crust, with its resounding crunch, Meg Grace’s two-piece serving is preternaturally juicy—even the ever- tricky breast. That’s due, no doubt, to a three-hour salt-sugar-and-herb brine, followed by a leisurely soak in a buttermilk bath, a seasoned-flour massage, and a plunge into the deep fryer. $17; 349 E. 13th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-533-6212.

6. Brooklyn Bowl
A matzoh-meal-and-flour coating accounts for the appealingly grainy, crumbly crunch, but the distinguishing feature is the aggressive seasoning (cayenne, paprika, and salt, plus a flurry of house-dried herbs). The chicken arrives hot and juicy, perched on a slice of Pullman bread, with honey for dipping. It tastes pretty good cold the next day, too. $15 to $19; 61 Wythe Ave., nr. N. 11th St., Williamsburg; 718-963-3369.

7. Blue Smoke
Blue Smoke is first and foremost a barbecue restaurant, but the fried chicken deserves equal billing. What elevates it above the ordinary is careful cooking and a judicious hand in the spicing department, allowing the excellent flavor of the chicken—an organic D’Artagnan specimen—to shine. $18.95; 116 E. 27th St., nr. Lexington Ave.; 212-447-7733.

8. Buttermilk Channel
This New Brooklyn Cuisine take on the trend includes a toothsome Cheddar waffle and a cup of balsamic-maple-syrup reduction to pour over the plate—both of which might distract you from noticing how good the peppery buttermilk-battered fried chicken itself is. $18; 524 Court St., at Huntington St., Carroll Gardens; 718-852-8490.

9. Roberta’s
Until Pies-n-Thighs reopens in new quarters, partner Carolyn Bane is manning the deep fryer at this locavore pizzeria-plus. She’s the first to admit she’s channeling onetime Pies-n-Thighs cook Stephen Tanner’s Georgia recipe, but her rendition is a faithful one, in flavor and texture, and benefits from its setting—especially out back, under the roof garden and the Bushwick sky. $14; 261 Moore St., nr. Bogart St., Bushwick; 718-417-1118.

Reginald Chan (left) Third Avenue and 17th Street. On September 15, 2006, Chan was hit by a flatbed tow truck while making a delivery of Chinese food.

Brandie Bailey Houston and Essex Streets. On May 8, 2005, Bailey was struck by a private sanitation truck while on her way home to Williamsburg after waitressing at the West Village restaurant Red Bamboo. Bailey was a regular at CBGB, where a memorial was held in her honor.

Craig Murphey (left) Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg. Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans. Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora (left) North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills. On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg. On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy (left) Base of the Manhattan Bridge. On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing. On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla (left) Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope. Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx. Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore (left) Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy. According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake Houston Street and La Guardia Place. On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher (left) Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens. On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith Sixth Avenue and 36th Street. On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado (left) Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick. Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez 57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst. On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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