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The best cheap fried chicken in NYC

For cheap fried chicken in NYC, head to these spots to find wall-friendly versions of the golden-crusted classic

By Michele Herrmann
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Fried chicken remains an everyman’s food staple, and though some places can get a bit fancy, cheap fried chicken in NYC is where it’s at. Throughout the city, this breaded and well-seasoned wonder can be found with budget-minded prices and reasonable portions. Whether you want a classic dish at soul food restaurants or need to Instagram the latest and trendiest chicken-and-waffles dish, we’ve found the best offerings that won’t break the bank. Get your fingers ready and bite into this list.

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Best cheap fried chicken in NYC

Dirty Bird To Go
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1. Dirty Bird To-Go

Restaurants American West Village

At its Chelsea and Tribeca locations, lunchgoers can get a $9 special combo featuring two pieces of fried chicken, a side and a chocolate-chip cookie. There are also fried-chicken sandwiches with spicy mayo ($8.95), or fried chicken with kale salad ($9.95), but if you want buttermilk-dipped bird straight up, you can get a two-piece meal for $7 or good ol’ chicken fingers at $7 for three.

2. Peaches HotHouse

Restaurants Soul and southern American Bedford-Stuyvesant

This Southern regional eatery in Bedford-Stuyvesant cooks up classic fried chicken, as well as its fiery Nashville-style cousin ($15). Get the former as a sammie topped with crisp slaw and served with french fries ($12).

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Delaney Chicken
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3. Delaney Chicken

Restaurants Midtown East

Located in Urbanspace’s Vanderbilt Market, this counter-service stand puts together chicken sandwiches that may tingle your taste buds (hello hot sauce!) but won’t scorch your bills. The Original Chicken Sandwich comes humbly with mayonnaise, hot sauce and pickles, while the Spicier Chicken Sandwich is just that, with pickled jalapeno, spicy mayo and Havarti.

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BonChon Chicken
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4. BonChon Chicken

Restaurants Korean Midtown West

The weekday lunch special at this Korean fried-chicken franchise will leave your appetite full and your pocket not empty. Here, their signature wings and drumsticks can be bought for $8.95 in soy-garlic or spicy varieties, or do a half-and-half combo.

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5. Wilma Jean

Restaurants Soul and southern American Carroll Gardens

This casual Carroll Gardens spot dishes out buttermilk-dredged fried chicken as a thigh ($4), drumstick ($3), a breast and wine pairing ($7) or as a sandwich ($7) or taco ($8). Add on their well-noted tater tots ($4, with additional toppings ranging from $1 to $2 each) and make your inner child happy.

Pies 'n' Thighs
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6. Pies ’n’ Thighs

Restaurants Soul and southern American Williamsburg

Fried chicken takes center stage at this Southern eatery in South Williamsburg. Pad out a chicken biscuit ($7.50)—featuring a crispy cutlet on buttermilk bread slathered in hot sauce and honey butter—with $5 sides like macaroni and cheese or smoked pork collards.

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7. Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken

Restaurants American East Village

This East Village counter operation has solid price choices for combos and sandwiches, as well as some darn good sauces to accompany them. A fried-bird sandwich comes with shredded lettuce, tomato and pickled cucumbers on a toasted bun, or if you want poultry at its most unadulterated, opt for the Wing Man (two wings for $7.95) or the Drum Line (two drumsticks at $9.95).

Fried chicken at Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter
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8. Bobwhite Lunch and Supper Counter

Restaurants Soul and southern American East Village

This Southern comfort-food venue will leave patrons satisfied with its fried chicken and soul-food sides. During happy hour (3pm to 7pm), you can get chicken and beer for $5.35 or chicken and a biscuit ($3). If you want to pop in during lunchtime, their fried-chicken sandwich includes one side for $11.75, with optional zesty pimento cheese for a buck.

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The Coop Restaurant and Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jill R.

9. The Coop Restaurant and Bar

Restaurants Flushing

In Flushing, this trendy Korean chicken spot recently updated its menu but still gets touted for its traditional and fusion fare—don’t worry, fried chicken is still included. The crispy fowl includes a half chicken for $11 (whole is $20) and wing portions in 12-piece ($14) and 20-piece groupings ($25).

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Jill R.

Turntable Chicken Jazz
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/PhechPloy Patt P.

10. Turntable Chicken Jazz

Restaurants Korean Midtown West

This Korean restaurant-club hybrid offers plenty of fried-chicken options, including standard wings, drumsticks and mixed combinations in soy-garlic, spicy and half-and-half varieties (portion sizes range from small at $9.95 to large at $22.95). There’s also a fried-chicken “burger,” with soy-garlic sauce, lettuce, tomato and red onions with a side of fries ($14.95).

Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/PhechPloy Patt P.

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