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NYC's 8 best new fried chicken spots of 2014

Published On 12/11/2014 Published On 12/11/2014
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1. Wilma Jean 345 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231 (Gowanus)

Armed with Southern hospitality, Wilma Jean in Gowanus serves up stackable portions of double cheeseburgers, fried bologna sandwiches, fried pickles, and its signature fried chicken, the latter of which is served atop a potato bun, on a stick, and in half-portions. Run by a husband and wife duo, the counter-service spot is a solid option for brunch, happy hour (its daily beer and wine deals are an added bonus), or for a late dinner, with the kitchen open until 10pm seven days a week.

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2. Root & Bone 200 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10009 (Alphabet City)

Top Chef veterans Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth dominate Alphabet City's fried chicken scene with Root & Bone. It's a Southern kitchen doing takeout-able, down-home (yet sneakily refined) eats, in a spot that could easily be the ground floor of some country B&B somewhere. Irresistible offerings include gooey corn spoonbread, BBQ brisket biscuits, and, of course, fried chicken.

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3. Birds & Bubbles 100B Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

Sarah Simmons' upscale restaurant on the Lower East Side is dedicated to two things: Southern food and champagne. The menu changes with the seasons but you can always expect the signature buttermilk fried chicken, available by the half or full bird, and an extensive selection of champagne and sparkling wines. The subterranean space opens onto a large outdoor patio, and though it's popular for brunch and dinner, Birds & Bubbles serves a late-night menu with the aforementioned fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches that's a huge draw on Friday and Saturday nights.

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4. Seoul Chicken 71 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

This Korean fried chicken spot (serving SEVEN different types!) is one of the hottest spots in the LES for quick and delicious grub. Coming from Chaz Brown of Top Chef, Around the World in 80 Plates, and Fatty Crab fame, sip on some coconut-laden 'tails and some watermelon covered in lard, as well.

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5. Sweet Chick 178 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

The Brooklyn favorite's LES location has some of the best chicken & waffle combos in the entire city. Creations in the past have included chicken and Parm waffles and a special, weekend-only chicken & foieffles, and definitely don't sleep on the tasty cocktails, which are all original creations.

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6. Sticky's Finger Joint 484 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (Murray Hill)

Pizza and burgers be damned, Sticky's wants to convert you to the chicken finger camp. Part lunch counter, part gourmet version of KFC, Sticky's is a sparsely decorated NYC chain whose graffitied walls and simple booths force you to focus on its wonderfully crispy chicken fingers and poppers, house-made dipping sauces, and loaded sides like the cheesy, greasy bacon mac fries.

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7. Martha 184 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Hit up this fantastic eatery in Fort Greene for next-level eats (like pork belly bao) and General Tso's buttermilk fried chicken.

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8. The Derby 167 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side)

The Derby -- a LES Southern-fare staple -- is doling out serious eats, ranging from chicken-fried steak, Pimento patty melts, and strong, unique whiskeys.