Eat and Drink NYC fried chicken: The best and crispiest By Georgia Kral & Melissa Kravitz Updated July 6, 2016 8:58 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet gShare Email There's just something about warm weather that makes us especially hungry for fried chicken. Whether you like it hot and spicy, zippy with lemon or slathered in Asian-inspired sauces, there's a version for you. Here are our favorite fried chicken spots in NYC. The Commodore Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Best for: Crunch lovers Three thighs, hot sauce, mini-biscuits and honey butter come with the fried chicken plate at the Commodore, the dive bar cum fried chicken joint in Williamsburg. It's cheap ($12) and it's the best fried chicken in the city. The kitchen is helmed by Stephen Tanner, who co-founded Pies-N-Thighs, and churns out Southern food like fried oyster po-boy's and adult cheese sandwiches and also plates of (delicious) nachos. But always get the chicken. It's perfect: juicy and crispy with a texture not unlike butter. Trust us. 366 Metropolitan Ave., 718-218-7632. Root & Bone Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Best for: Citrus fans Generally the markers of good fried chicken are twofold: is the meat moist and is the exterior good and crispy? But those two markers aren't enough to make your chicken the best, not these days. Chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth of Root & Bone likely knew they had to do something bold and that's why "lemon dusted" is now a thing in the culinary vocabulary of NYC. The chicken, brined in sweet tea, is then fried and "lemon dusted." The bright taste of lemon makes the chicken feel lighter, transporting you from the dirty streets of Manhattan. Instead, you feel like you're sitting on a southern screened-in porch, drinking bourbon and contemplating life's simple pleasures. 200 E. 3rd St., 646-682-7080, rootnbone.com Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken Photo Credit: Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken Best for: Piece by piece chicken, any way you like Part of the Bromberg Brothers' restaurant dynasty (Blue Ribbon Sushi, Blue Ribbon Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bowl...) this fast-casual concept may be one of their best dining spots! Order fried chicken at the counter by the piece -- and yes, you can get a single drumstick ($2.95) at 1 a.m. or opt for a dinner special with multiple pieces and sides like crisp shoestring fries. Fried to order, one of the standouts of enjoying freshly fried chicken here is their variety of homemade sauces, from hot honey to honey mustard to ranch. 28 E. 1st St., 212-228-0404 and at Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., blueribbonfriedchicken.com Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen Photo Credit: Dillon Burke Best for: Hedonists More hot chicken Nashville-style has entered the New York City fried chicken market thanks to chef Carla Hall, known for her work as a host on ABC's "The Chew." Hall keeps things simple at Southern Kitchen, with a short menu of fried chicken and sides. The spice level of the chicken is, thankfully, available on a sliding scale. So before you say "Boomshakalaka" (that's what they call the spiciest), know that we tried it, and it made our ears burn! In a good way. Hall's chicken has thin, crispy skin that crackles. Mmm. 115 Columbia St., 718-855-4668, carlahallsouthernkitchen.com Peaches HotHouse Photo Credit: Peaches HotHouse Best for: Heat seekers Peaches HotHouse, brought to us by B+C Restaurants, who are also responsible for Brooklyn classic Peaches, has one of the spiciest fried chicken dishes in the city. The Nashville-style chicken, aptly called Hot Chicken, is made from a combination of cayenne and ghost chili peppers (the hottest in the world.) Here's the recipe, but we recommend a visit first, to see how it's done. 415 Tompkins Ave., Bed-Stuy, 718-483-9111, bcrestaurantgroup.com/hothouse Wilma Jean Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Best for: Conscientious-poultry eaters Wilma Jean, the latest restaurant from Rob Newton and Kerry Diamond, draws on Newton's southern roots as well as his desire to serve local and organic food. At Wilma Jean, you can get a collard greens salad with collards grown at the Youth Farm in Crown Heights topped with tender fried chicken. It's practically healthy! And if you're not interested in what's good for you, just get the fried chicken straight-up with sides or on a potato roll. 345 Smith St., 718-422-0444, wilmajean345.com Sweet Chick Photo Credit: Georgia Kral Best for: Chicken and waffle fans Hipster chicken-dive Sweet Chick has a tea-brined fried chicken and waffles dish that is heaven on a plate. It's common knowledge that chicken and waffles go together like, well, chicken and waffles, but at Sweet Chick the chicken is just a touch above commonplace, making this a guilty treat that doesn't make you feel guilty. 164 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg, 347-725-4793 & 178 Ludlow St., 646-657-0233, sweetchicknyc.com BonChon Chicken Photo Credit: BonChon via Facebook Best for: Korean-style chicken Korean fried chicken chain ( the other KFC ) BonChon Chicken serves up incredibly crunchy and flavorful chicken at a handful of NYC locations. What sets Korean fried chicken apart? It's fried twice. The menu is simple, but superb: choose a size of wings, drumsticks or strips and a sauce (we like the soy garlic) and then dig in until you can't eat anymore. Multiple locations, bonchon.com Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen Photo Credit: Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen via Facebook Best for: deal seekers and the grease-addicted Okay Popeye's is not "good" chicken by any stretch of the imagination, but there's a reason why it's so popular. Beyond being reasonably priced (of course, there is a reason why it's cheap) it's deliciously greasy and addictive. Each bite bursts with salty flavor and somehow it's never not crispy. There's also a secret menu addition at Popeye's that we recently learned about and that is very, very popular among chicken heads. It's called Cajun Sparkle. We'll let this YouTube user explain. Multiple locations. popeyes.com Hill Country Chicken Photo Credit: Hill Country Chicken Best for: A quick fried chicken fix A chicken-focused spin-off of the beloved Hill Country Barbecue, this restaurant focuses on the good stuff: crispy fried chicken by the piece. Available with or without skin (slightly healthier, apparently), you can supplement your chicken order with a slew of cafeteria-style sides like cheesy mashed potatoes, roasted corn salad and pimiento mac and cheese. 1123 Broadway and 345 Adams St., Brooklyn, hillcountrychicken.com By Georgia Kral & Melissa Kravitz Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.