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Who serves the best fried chicken sandwich in NYC?

New Yorkers are flocking around the city for fried chicken!

You can barely walk a few blocks in the city these days without the smell of fried chicken tantalizing your tastebuds.

With hour-long lines for David Chang's new Fuku and a quickly sold-out Chickenshack sandwich at Shake Shack, we wanted to see what all the fuss was really about.

Here is amNewYork's official taste test of some of NYC's newest and best fried chicken sandwiches.

Shake Shake's ChickenShack

Burgers come second this summer at Shake
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Burgers come second this summer at Shake Shack -- it's all about the formerly sold-out ChickenShack! Served hot out of the fryer, each bite of this sandwich is juicy, crisp and full of flavor. Antibiotic-free, all-natural chicken makes the caloric indulgence feel a bit better -- this is no lowbrow chicken sandwich!

Crispiness: Superb! Each bite crunched with nice, crisp deep-fried chicken.

White meat.

Flavor/Sauce/toppings: Chicken is served with shredded lettuce, spicy pickles and herb mayo

Bread to chicken ratio: Even. Nice fluffy buns the same size as the patty

Breading to meat ratio: Not too thin, not too heavy -- just right!

Tip: eat quickly, it's best when hot, and don't be afraid to add ketchup!

Find it: $6.29, all Brooklyn Shake Shack locations, --MELISSA KRAVITZ

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken serves a variety of
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken serves a variety of chicken sandwiches, but The Pit is our preferred meaty option, topped with smoked bacon and BBQ sauce for extra savoriness.

Crispiness: Nice light crunch.

Dark or white meat? White.

Flavor/Sauce/toppings: Aged cheddar, tomato, lettuce and pickled cucumbers all add to the crispiness of each bite.

Bread to chicken ratio: Pretty equal.

Breading to meat ratio: Meat is thick and juicy with a thin layer of breading making the sandwich feel not too totally unhealthy. The cheese melts nicely onto the breading.

Find it: $9.75, 28 E. 1st St., --MELISSA KRAVITZ

Fuku's spicy fried chicken sandwich

David Chang's Fuku fried chicken sandwich counter was
Photo Credit: Instagram / Momolongplay

David Chang's Fuku fried chicken sandwich counter was predestined to be a smashing success. Months before it opened, people were breathless. Suffice to say anticipation was high. And the timing of the opening couldn't be better. It launched merely weeks before Shake Shack's ChickenShack and just says before Superiority Burger, another high-end take on low-end foods (in S.B.'s case, a veggie burger). But how did it taste? More delicious than I thought was possible. Oh, and the chicken? Sustainably sourced from small farms.

Crispiness: Yes, very.

Dark or white meat? Dark. Thighs. The best for flavor and moistness.

Flavor/Sauce/toppings: Spicy. No other way. (Habanero and buttermilk are involved in brine.) Topped with pickles and butter and served on a Martin's potato roll. You can add Momofuku Ssam sauce.

Bread to chicken ratio: More chicken than bread. If you don't want this, you're crazy.

Breading to meat ratio: Perfect and just what you want. A nice bit of both in each bite.

Find it: $8. 163 First Ave., KRAL

Wilma Jean

This is the down-home fried chicken sandwich of
Photo Credit: Instagram / WilmaJean345

This is the down-home fried chicken sandwich of your dreams. It tastes and crunches in your mouth just the way it should. If you want to be transported to a sunny and sticky porch swing, even if you don't truly know what that means or feels like or even if that swing exists, eating one of these will do it.

Crispiness: Nice and crunchy.

Dark or white meat? Dark? Very flavorful.

Flavor/Sauce/toppings: Another's Martin's potato roll, but this one is griddled. Nice touch. Topped with buttermilk dressing for tang and iceberg lettuce for added crunch. Snappy and Southern.

Bread to chicken ratio: 1:1

Breading to meat ratio: Lots of crunchy breading, thanks to the deep fry.

Price: A steal at $7, especially since chef Rob Newton is known for his attention to ethical sourcing of ingredients. 345 Smith St., Carroll Gardens, -GEORGIA KRAL

Uncle Sam's NYC Chicken Samwich

Beijing import Uncle Sam's opened its first NYC
Photo Credit: Georgia Kral

Beijing import Uncle Sam's opened its first NYC location in Koreatown in May and has been exciting eaters with its Asian-influenced American classics, like the fried chicken sandwich. The NYC Samwich is a perfect introduction to their crazy (delicious) ways.

Crispiness: The panko crust gives the chicken a tempura like texture. Very nice.

White meat.

Flavor/Sauce/toppings: Chicken is advertised as being served with lemon kale, bread-and-butter pickles and black-bean mayo, but our sandwich had a spicy mayo more similar to what you get mixed with tuna to make a spicy tuna roll. No complaints, but check when you order.

Bread to chicken ratio: Bread is a bit bigger than the piece of chicken. Not preferable, in our opinion.

Breading to meat ratio: Nice. Panko crust is thin.

Find it: $6.95. 307 Fifth Ave., -GEORGIA KRAL

Burnside Biscuits: Naked Chicken Sandwich

Bareburger's founders have opened Burnside Biscuits in Astoria,
Photo Credit: Caroline Linton

Bareburger's founders have opened Burnside Biscuits in Astoria, the site of the first Bareburger. Burnside Biscuits focuses on organic, locally sourced take on southern cooking. There are three fried chicken sandwiches offered: the Naked, the Club and the Hot. It comes with no sides except coleslaw. If you're looking for sides, the wood-oven vegetables are delicious.

Crispiness: Very crispy.

Dark or white meat: Dark meat.

Flavor/Sauce/toppings: The naked and the club do not have sauce, while the hot sandwich has sauce the waiter described as "very spicy."

Bread to chicken ratio: The biscuit, while delicious, can be a bit overwhelming. And the biscuit fell apart while we were eating.

Breading to meat ratio: The chicken is a true piece of fried chicken in a sandwich -- enough to sustain you alone! The chicken is definitely not of the "lightly breaded" variety.

Constructive criticism: Our sandwiches fell apart while we were eating them, and the biscuit caused us to take up a fork and knife. If it was served like a platter, it might make the sandwich easier to eat.

Find it: $10-$11, 32-07 30th Ave., Astoria, --CAROLINE LINTON


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