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Best Fried Chicken New York 2013 - Charles' Country

Charles\' Country

Charles' Country

2839 Frederick Douglass Blvd.

New York, NY 10039

212-281-1800

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Readers' Choice: Pies 'N' Thighs

Charles Gabriel is fried chicken royalty, and the North Carolina-inspired pan-fried chicken he makes at Charles' Country is undoubtedly the best of its kind. In addition to constantly tending to the meat as it cooks, Gabriel seasons his chicken three separate times before it gets to the warming tray at this renowned Harlem buffet. Without a sludgy batter to weigh it down, the chicken—coated in peppery dry rub, moistened with egg wash, and dredged in flour—achieves a thin crust devoid of grease and perfumed with spice. Each bite delivers moist fowl and crackled crust making for a truly rare bird. If you've been scorned by lesser buffets serving heaping piles of depression in their warming trays, the Southern Style Kitchen (its commercial moniker) where Gabriel gets down and dirty will be a revelation.

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