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
Best Fried Chicken
We asked our house foodies to give us the lowdown on a few of their favorite things.
- 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., 212-926-4313Crispy, 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
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
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).