I was a little skeptical when I first heard about The Breslin doing a summer fried chicken feast for $50 per person. $50 per person is a lot of money for just fried chicken, especially when I can get cheaper meals and a lot easier to get it without having to find at least 5 other friends willing to pay $50. But for research sake and with the help of my fried chicken eating crew to back me up, I decided to go ahead and reserve a fried chicken feast for 10 people.
But while I was doing research for this fried chicken feast, I couldn’t find any review on it. I wanted to find out from other food bloggers if they thought $50 for fried chicken was worth it or not but nope, couldn’t find much on the internet. Does this mean no one had done it? I was a little worried. But it was too late, It was too late to back out. So at 8pm few Tuesdays ago, 10 of us was about to find out what this fried chicken feast was all about.
The large format dinner table is situated right in front of the kitchen, so it’s sort of like sitting at the chef’s table. You get to stare at all the delicious looking burgers and steaks with the most gorgeous looking fat, shining under the lights. And you get jealous that those beautiful looking foods aren’t for you but you quickly forget when the chef plates up the duck fat fried chicken onto 2 separate wooden boards. And then bowls of things started to accumulate the window and you realized, those are all for your table.
Get ready because this meal is epic.
OK, we ended up paying $65, without drinks, per person. That price included tax and gratuity. Everyone agreed it was worth $65 and some said it was one of the best meals they have had this year. For that price you get.. about 2 pieces of chicken per person, biscuits, champ, slaw and salad. The pieces of chicken were magnificent. The skin was crispy and light and the meat which they brine for at least 14 hours was delicious. It may just be one of the greatest tasting meat so far. The chicken came with a gorgonzola sauce and a habanero sauce but man everything was so good, I didn’t use the sauce. The biscuits were buttery and flaky came with a maple chili butter (!!!!!!!!) Really sad that they don’t serve the biscuits on the regular menu. And the champ came with a tiny pool of butter on top. The slaw and the salad were good too but you know, most of us concentrated on JUST the fried chicken.
The dinner also came with blackberry and currant pies with scoops of creme fraiche ice cream. It’s hard to hate warm mini pies and scoops of slightly tangy creme fraiche ice cream. It was the perfect way to end the meal. Obviously afterwards all of us just sat there for a moment to rub our tummies.
Short story: GET YOUR ASS THERE ASAP IF YOU’RE A FRIED CHICKEN NERD BECAUSE WHILE IT WAS ON THE PRICEY SIDE, IT WAS TOTALLY WORTH IT!! SO…DAMN….FREAKIN……GOOD. The last day of the summer feast is September 15th.
Final thought: Now that I have time to process the experience, $65 isn’t tooooo much money for a night with a group of your good friends that share the same passion for fried chicken. And obviously the meal was just fantastic, from beginning to end. If you ask me to go again, I would go at a heartbeat. Everyone left the table full and with food coma the next day AND some of us had gone home with leftovers. It was quite a meal.
Fried chicken summer feast $50 per person ($65 with tips and gratuity)
The Breslin 16 W. 28th St, Flatiron NYC