I love chicken: fried, pan seared, rotisserie, you name it. I discovered fried chicken in the US many years ago in a Southern cuisine restaurant and was blown away. Well, it has to be good: crispy with the chicken perfectly cooked and moist. The coating should also not overpower the taste of the chicken by having too much seasoning and I like when it is slightly greasy. So I was excited to try the second location of Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken that opened few months ago in Hell’s Kitchen and the cafeteria style joint lived up to my expectations.
The menu is tricky because there are many choices there for cuts: thighs, drumsticks, wings or tenders. And if you prefer, you can go for a sandwich. I tried a few. Here we go:
First I’ll start with the drinks: they have beer so I went for a Guinness that, not surprisingly, was not as good in a can than it is on tap.
Chicken livers and caramelized onions: fantastic! The livers were well cooked, not dry and I loved the added sweetness of the onions.
Blue Ribbon sandwich: crispy chicken with lettuce, tomato and pickled cucumber on a toasted bun. Although I liked the chicken that was very tasty, I thought it was overall a bit bland, wondering if they forgot to put their Blue Ribbon sauce...So I added some wasabi honey on it and it was better.
The 4 piece mix, that is fried breast, whole wings, thigh and drumstick. It was superb: the chicken was one of the best fried chicken I had, being as I mentioned before: crispy and moist.
It was served with delicious fries: thin cut like I love them (sorry I am not a bit fan of steak fries), crispy and cooked all the way through.
As sides, I tried the Cole slaw that came with the chicken as well as the pickled cucumber, both good.
It was a very good dinner: if you like fried chicken, Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken is a place not to miss, even if New York has institutions like Sylvia's where it is not just about the chicken, but also the history of the place.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken - 749 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019