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Fried Chicken: Sweet Chick

Sweet Chick

Howard is my Yelp. Not that he bitches all the time about poor services and bland dishes but he is a bit critical about what he likes and dislikes. Hahaa! So when he said he really liked his vegetarian chicken and waffles at Sweet Chick, I knew we have a winner.

I’m a lover of chicken and waffles. I don’t quite understand why there are haters. It’s a GREAT combination. Crispy, carby, chicken, fried, syrup, butter, hot sauce, all great things. And Sweet Chick does it really really good. The pieces of chicken are juicy, tasty and crispy while the waffles are fluffy with nice crisp edges ($16). Also I love their inventiveness by having General Tso’s chicken and waffle and sometimes duck confit and waffles!

Sweet Chick 164 Bedford Ave Williamsburg Brooklyn

See what other fried chickens I have eaten for my fried chicken project.

Hot Beef And Pie At Four & Twenty Blackbirds

Hot Beef Combo

This past Sunday, I was introduced to something I have never heard of or seen before. Hot beef!

Four & Twenty Blackbirds hosted an event with Amy Thielen (host of Heartland Table on the Food Network) where Thielen served hot beef (a combination of smoked brisket sandwich with a scoop of mashed potatoes and covered in gravy) and the Elsen sisters paired it with their blackbottom oatmeal pies PLUS complimentary Jeni’s ice cream and Kelson beer. Oh…boy. The hot beef was delicious, well I mean what’s not to like about meat, bread, potatoes and gravy?! The meat, smoked by Fletcher’s, was tasty and tender. I went back and forth between the hot beef and ice cream. Dude, that’s Jeni’s ice cream! I couldn’t let it melt so 2 bites of hot beef then 1 bite of ice cream.

It was fun hanging out and catching up with the Elsen sisters and Alex aka Brownie.

Also the unlimited flowing of Kelso beer. Ah yeah.

Four & Twenty Blackbirds, 439 3rd Ave Gowanus, Brooklyn

Park Slope Chicken

Park Slope Chicken

So Chinese New Year is finally upon us. The year of the horse begins Friday 1/31 and my friend and I decided to host a Chinese New Year dinner. I’ve been thinking about what to cook and stuff. Trying to plan a meal that will be reasonably priced yet feeds 12 adults is hard.

But while planning this dinner, I thought about Peking duck. Duck is expensive so I thought, why not chicken instead? So I came up with this great idea of using chicken skin instead of duck skin and called it PARK SLOPE CHICKEN (well cause I live in Park Slope)! And then I can use the meat for the three cup chicken dish. Done! This weekend I decided to try it first and it came out pretty good. I had wanted to use 5 spice on the skin but I totally forgot to buy it at the store. So this version is just plain old salt and pepper. And it was super simple to make the cracklings, stick it in the oven for 40mins and it came out perfect.

So check out this recipe…

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M. Wells Steakhouse

M. Wells Steakhouse

M. Wells is known for their decadent…over the top dishes and M. Wells Steakhouse definitely delivered. A stack of pork chops (7 total) for dinner? Sure! A bowl of tomato-y tripe? F yeah! Though probably my favorite bite at M. Wells Steakhouse and yes…so far this year in 2014 was the little scoop of bone marrow that was sitting inside the bone. It had absorbed all of the deliciousness of the soup and it made something that was already tasty into something crazy tasty!

Also, they make a really good New York cheesecake. Remember when cheesecake was all the craze?

Sorry for the crappy iPhone photo, the place is dark.

M. Wells Steakhouse 43-15 Crescent St, Long Island City, Queens

Fried Chicken Sandwich: Joseph Leonard

Joseph Leonard

Clay (aka Ultraclay) pointed me to the fried chicken sandwich at Joseph Leonard a while back. He told me he had a hard time picking his favorite fried chicken sandwich. It came down to Allswell and Joseph Leonard. So as a curious eater, I had to check it out sooner than later.

Joseph Leonard has been on my “to-go” list for a while now but like so many places, I just never got around to it. And so this is why I’m glad I’m doing this project. Trying out new places, new fried chicken dishes, new experiences. Cause of this project I was able to cross this place off my list.

They only serve the fried chicken sandwich during lunch, brunch and late night hours. I had a free day on a random Friday and decided to check it out.

Even at 11:30am the place was nearly packed. I grabbed a seat at the counter (lovely space and light!) and ordered a beer and the fried chicken sandwich. For $14, the sandwich came with mayo, tobasco, honey, bread and butter cucumbers and served with a side of chips. This was one awesome sandwich and totally understand why Clay would have a hard time deciding. I especially love the mayo, spicy, and sweet combination. I’m having a hard time deciding which sandwich is better also but does that matter? Why can’t we have 2 favorite chicken sandwiches?

Though, I do prefer fries over chips.

Joseph Leonard 170 Waverly Pl, West Village

See what other fried chickens I have eaten for my fried chicken project.

Veggie Tales At City Grit

beet burger

When I got notified that City Grit was having another Veggie Tales dinner, this time cooked by founder Sarah Simmons, I decided to get a couple of tickets. I’ve been to a vegetarian City Grit dinner before, but that dinner was created by chef Dave Santos. (Santos went on to open Louro.) Donny has gone on record as saying that Simmons makes his favorite fried chicken in the city, but I had never tasted her food. Here was an opportunity for me, as a vegetarian, to get a taste of her cooking. So along with my friend Chitra I had a long and delicious (though at times uneven) meal. The dinner started with what Simmons called the best darned veggie burger we’d ever eat, made with beets. It was a very good veggie burger, with a very rich texture and flavor.

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Lunch At Han Dynasty In NYC

cucumbers

So a lot of people have been writing about Han Dynasty, the beloved Philadelphia Chinese food empire that has made its way here to NYC. I stopped by for lunch on a recent weekday, to see if it was worth all the hype. I ordered two of my favorite dishes: spicy crispy cucumbers and ma po tofu (minus the pork). They were both excellent, and wonderfully spicy. The cucumbers were crisp as advertised, and drenched in a garlicky spicy oil. The spice of the cucumbers was different from, and complimentary to, the spiciness of the ma po tofu. In addition to chili oil was a ton of mouth-numbing Sichuan peppercorns. It was not quite as flavorful as my current favorite ma po tofu, but it was still quite good. I think Han Dynasty is a great addition to the East Village scene, and I’m looking forward to going back.

Han Dynasty — 90 3rd Ave