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Best of New York Food 2003

Best Fried Chicken

We asked our house foodies to give us the lowdown on a few of their favorite things.

  • Maroon's

    244 W. 16th Street, 212-206-8640

    I can’t help it. I attack Maroons’ peppery-and-crackling-on-the-outside, hot-as-hell-but-tender-on-the-inside fried chicken the way Robin Leach chugs free champagne. —HAL RUBENSTEIN

  • Blue Ribbon Brooklyn

    280 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, 718-840-0404

    Why this trademark dish tastes better in Brooklyn, I don’t know. It's best eaten in one of the booths, with a passel of keening children. —ADAM PLATT

  • Charle's Southern Chicken

    2837 Eighth Avenue, at 152nd St., 212-926-4313

    Crispy, flavorful, and uncannily moist, the bird’s the finger-licking star of the $9.99 lunch buffet (not to knock the collards and black-eyed peas). —ROBIN RAISFELD

  • Taste

    1413 Third Avenue, New York, NY, 212-717-9798

    Agreed, Charles is king. But I go fairly gaga over Scott Bieber’s poussin, too. Plus, the Kentucky native’s got southern-fried credentials. —ROB PATRONITE

From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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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).