Hill Country Chicken

Restaurants, Soul and southern American Midtown
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Hill Country Chicken
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This disappointing cafeteria-style joint, from the team that helped usher in the city’s barbecue craze at Hill Country, puts a corporate spin on the fried chicken trend. Two types of bird are available: The crunchier version features skinless pieces in a brittle batter that falls off in shingles; the “Hill Country Classic” skin-on alternative—buttermilk-brined and simply dusted in flour—is a better bet. Still, neither variety, sitting idle under heat lamps, is a match for the top-shelf fried fowl available elsewhere, and the potluck sides (sticky corn salad and cheesy mashed fried potatoes) might just as well have been cooked by Betty Draper—after she’d fired the maid.


Venue name: Hill Country Chicken
Address: 1123 Broadway
New York
Cross street: at 25th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun noon–10pm; Fri, Sat noon–11pm
Transport: Subway: N, R to 23rd St
Price: Average main course: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Alvin C

I love fried chicken so when I saw it, my eyes lit up and I was excited to try it. They had 2 choices, with skin and without. Of course, I had to go with skin with a side of fries. They gave me a heaping portion of fries, but the chicken was just average. First the service was going through the motions. I ordered a breast and wing and got a breast and drum. Since it's all premade and sitting in warmers, it lacked some crispiness that I really was looking forward to. The chicken was moist though and the skin fell off easily and had a good seasoning to it. Some of the other side options looked pretty decent in the cafeteria style arrangement as you go through the line. If you're in a bind, it's still fried chicken, but I would pass and move on to something else...