In the world of made-up food holidays, National Fried Chicken Day is arguably our favorite, if only because it gives us even more license to chow down on the city's finest frizzled fowl all day. To add to the celebration, restaurants and bars across NYC are offering up specials for the occasion. Here's where you should get your fried-chicken feasting on today.
Sweet Chick: The Southern charmer is going all out for the holiday, offering more than a dozen varieties of fried chicken and waffles, going beyond the classic to include Caribbean jerk fried chicken with pineapple waffles, tamarind-glazed bird with pickled bean-sprout waffles, and Korean BBQ chicken with kimchi waffles ($17 each). The restaurant will also be giving out a limited supply of T-shirts touting "I love fried chicken, that's my cluckin' problem."
Montana's Trail House: Chef Nate Courtland is offering a plate of fried chicken (usually $18) with macaroni salad, dilly green beans and a Budweiser for a mere Hamilton at the Bushwick eatery.
Tuome: Launching today, Thomas Chen is offering a fried chicken picnic for two stocked with a whole crispy bird with dipping sauces (honey and herb-ranch), corn-jalapeño waffles, curry macaroni and cheese and a summer vegetable with sweet-chili kaffir-lime dressing ($29 per person).
Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken: The Bromberg brothers are welcoming a brand new sandwich, the Smorgasbird, to their poultry-focused lineup today. The double-decker fried chicken sandwich ($15) comes crammed with a layer of Game Day Fries (smothered in BBQ chicken, smoked bacon, aged cheddar and sour cream), grilled pineapple, BBQ chicken, two sauces (special sauce and barbecue), lettuce and tomato. The behemoth will also be part of a month-long challenge: finish the sammie in under 5 minutes and win a Hail Mary platter (25 wings, 25 tenders). Twenty percent of proceeds will benefit the MS Society.