Can we agree for a moment that fried chicken is a most serious business, an endeavor that is not to be trifled with? Think about it: when it is great, tucking into a plate of fried chicken can be an ethereal experience, a communion with a dish that is at once crisp, juicy and soul-satisfyingly flavorful. And when fried chicken is not so great? Well, you end up wishing you’d ordered the turkey club instead, now don’t you?
If you love fried chicken, if you care about it, obsess about it, I implore you to make The Piccadilly at Manhattan a stop for your next lunchtime fix. A 10-spot buys you half a fried chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy and a serving of some of the best green beans – awesomely peppery and a bit porky – that I’ve come across in some time.
Fried chicken lovers – a particular flock no matter their preferences – will appreciate the choice of half a bird, or a selection of all white or dark meat. Any option you opt for will offer up a serving of fried chicken sporting a light golden hue and a moist, tender interior that will have you repeatedly reaching for the nearest napkin, or better yet, one of the wet naps that your server kindly delivers along with your meal.
Want to make an even more glorious mess of your lunch? You can't beat a generous helping of honey – available upon request, so please do ask – for drizzling over your fried chicken. The addition creates a blissfully sticky mess that turns this midday treat from one that is eaten by hand into one that requires a more civilized knife and fork. Serious business indeed.
The Piccadilly at Manhattan, 7201 Picadilly Ave., 314.646.0016, thepiccadilly.com
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