Who doesn’t love Fried Chicken (minus vegans and vegetarians, no shade). Just like so many other food and drink items, Fried Chicken has its own holiday to celebrate as July 6th marks National Fried Chicken Day! Perfect timing as it is right after the Fourth of July and gives you yet another reason to bask in all of its fried chicken glory! What are some of the best places to go to in Manhattan to experience National Fried Chicken Day? We have you covered!
Take a look at these stellar restaurants (many of which we have written about before and loved) who are putting their own spin on National Fried Chicken Day! Relax, get your bib on, and dive into all the kinds of fried chicken that your heart desires.
Sugar Freak (37-11 30th Avenue, Astoria, Queens sugarfreak.com 718-606-1900)
Astoria’s authentic New Orleans restaurant has you covered with their variety of Chicken and Waffles, with choice of thick crispy waffles made with buttermilk, cornbread or beignet batter, topped with White Chicken ($14.95), Dark Chicken ($13.95) or Half Chicken ($19.95) and powdered sugar.
Esther & Carol (146 Bowery, New York, NY 10013, 646-355-1840; www.estherandcarolnyc.com)
If you’re looking for an upscale take on the Southern classic, enjoy Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($26) drizzled with Jalapeno aleppo syrup, served with sides of refreshing bourbon watermelon salad and creamy mac and cheese.
E.A.K. Ramen (469 Sixth Avenue, NYC, 646-863-2027, EAKRamen.com)
There’s more than just delicious ramen at this Japanese outpost; the Karaage Fried Chicken ($9) is one of their most popular dishes! Chicken is marinated in a secret sauce before frying, keeping the chicken extra flavorful and juicy, and then served with a variety of dipping sauces including ponzu, sweet chili, curry, honey mustard, spicy garlic and homemade tartar.
Virgil’s Real Barbecue (locations in NYC, Las Vegas, the Bahamas, virgilsbbq.com)
Times Square’s authentic barbecue restaurant serves up their signature Kansas City Fried Chicken, as a whole chicken is brined, breaded then fried to crispy perfection. Virgil’s serves this chicken masterpiece with a choice of any two housemade sides such as Buttermilk Biscuits or Cheddar Cheese Grits.