Is ROAST in East Harlem the best chicken place in NYC?

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own! 

 Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

If like me you love chicken, you need to try Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem. That's a bit of a trip, but indulging there some delicious bird prepared South style (i.e. Fried) or French style (i.e. Rotisserie) will make you regret that you do not have such place in your neighborhood. This small kosher place, opened last October, has a rustic decor and a house kitchen on the left of the counter that gives the feel you are eating at somebody's home. 

 Dining room at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Dining room at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

 Kitchen at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Kitchen at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Food wise, it cater definitely to the chicken lovers, the vegetarians being left with sides. Of course they could ask for a salad without chicken that I am sure the staff would arrange without any issue. But yes, chicken and in different forms, combining the origin of the two owners, one being French (hence the rotisserie chicken) and the other one being from Virginia, bringing flavors from the South, not only with fried chicken, but also with items like jalapeño corn bread. A good corn bread for sure that, thankfully, did not have any heat. 

 Jalapeno corn bread at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Jalapeno corn bread at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Then came the chicken in four different ways:

Buffalo wings, deliciously spicy:

 Buffalo wings at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Buffalo wings at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Fried chicken: although the coating was a bit overcooked and slightly hard, I enjoyed it, the chicken being perfectly cooked and moist. 

 Fried chicken at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Fried chicken at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

 Fried chicken at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Fried chicken at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Rotisserie chicken: my favorite. The chicken was fantastic, also perfectly cooked and moist, with the skin that was crispy in some areas. There was definitely no need for any dipping sauce with it. 

 Rotisserie chicken at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Rotisserie chicken at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC


Signature sandwich, made with a grilled chicken cutlet, romaine and iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion, turkey bacon and Russian dressing. All of that in a toasted baguette. That was very good and I was glad that they were measured in the amount of ingredients accompanying the chicken, letting it shine. 

 Signature sandwich at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Signature sandwich at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

For sides, I tried the sweet potato fries (my favorite), the vegetable medley (I never thought I would say this, but I liked it) and the mash potatoes (my least favorite, too much garlic). 

 Sweet potato fries at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Sweet potato fries at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

 Vegetable medley at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Vegetable medley at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

 Mash potatoes at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Mash potatoes at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

With my meal, I got to try their homemade blueberry lemonade that was really good, giving a healthy element to a feast...

 Blueberry lemonade at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

Blueberry lemonade at Roast Homestyle Chicken in East Harlem, NYC

But no dessert: they usually make a pie, but they were sold out. Well I will have to go back to try it, and not only this! Roast Homestyle Chicken is definitely a hole in the wall worth knowing and I am pleased I got to try it. 

Enjoy (I did)!

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