Debate over Chick-fil-A’s financial contributions to anti-gay groups has resurfaced here at NYU. Though many other schools boycotted the fast food chain, participation at NYU was lackluster. This may be due to the fact that our love of anything fried outweighs our moral obligations. All of us have struggled trying to decide whether to be a fatass or stand up for something. But we can have it all! I mean this is New York City after all, and there are plenty of places to get some delicious fried chicken without funding anti-gay organizations. Here are a few of our favorite places to get our chicken fix.
Momofuku Noodle Bar
Located on 1st avenue between 10th and 11th st, Momofuku noodle bar offers a fried chicken dinner by reservation. It’s disgustingly amazing. They serve two whole chickens that feed four to eight people (or just one really hungry person)! One chicken is battered with buttermilk and old bay and the other is a spicy glazed Korean style chicken that is fried three times. Three times! At $100, it can actually comfortably feed quite a few people.
If you don’t feel like spending $100 but still want some Korean fried chicken, head over to Boka Chicken on St. Mark’s Place between 2nd and 3rd avenue. It’s delicious and fried multiple times. If you’re there, the watermelon soju is super tasty as well.
If you’re not craving Korean fried chicken, KFC has the good ol’ American classic. After all, what’s more American than the Double Down; two pieces of bacon, two slices of pepper jack cheese, and Colonel’s sauce sandwiched between two boneless chicken filets? We’ll take two! This is a late night classic for East Villagers. You can come here instead of going to Upstein to satisfy your late night hunger.
It’s fast food chicken with southern flare. When we found out there was a Popeyes on 14th st. between 5th and 6th Avenue, we flocked (pun intended) there immediately! Why? Louisiana fried chicken and cajun fries!
Momma’s Food Shop
For over fifteen years, the fine people at Momma’s have been serving up comfort food on Avenue B and 3rd st. But now you can enjoy their fried chicken in Williamsvburg (310 S. 4th St) as well! For $12.50 you can get an entree and a choice of side, ranging from asparagus to chicken noodle soup. If you’re missin’ your momma’s cornbread, this is the place to go.
Honorable Mention: Baohaus
Previously featured on NYU Local, Baohaus offers the Birdhaus Bao and it’s straight up sexy! Fried chicken on a bun with salt, cilantro, peanuts, and Taiwanese red sugar, this hunk of fried chicken is not to be missed. Also, it’s right down the block from KFC on 14th st between 2nd and 3rd avenue, so why not go on a fried chicken post-pub crawl? We won’t judge you.
With all of these options (and many more not listed here) you may as well skip the hate at Chick-fil-A and go grab some chicken elsewhere. To be honest, most of these options are leaps and bounds better than the soggy (yet deliciously pickley and buttery) chicken at Upstein. So let’s get fat for a reason and show Chick-fil-A that NYU means business!