Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Piece of Chicken

Piece of Chicken
45th Street between 8th and 9th

Trying to find a cheap dinner in Midtown is a fairly daunting task. Becco offers all you can eat pasta feast for $25. The $10 burger and nachos deal at Joshua Tree with the restaurant.com gift certificate wound up being a steal, but is there a way to do even better? What about two pieces of fried chicken and a pile of chicken livers for $3.25?

Piece of Chicken is a small take-out only space whose menu prices look like they don’t belong anywhere near NYC. Any piece of chicken is only $1.00 (breast, thigh, drumstick or 2 wings). Sides and specialties like chicken and waffles or jerk chicken range from $1.00-$3.00. I was pretty impressed with how many fried chicken livers they offered for a buck, and while not particularly crispy, a single order is my new favorite $1 snack in NYC.

I’m not sure if it was just the particular piece of chicken breast that I got, but it paled in comparison to the juicy and tender drumstick (nothing that a little hot sauce can’t fix). Despite the fact that the breast meat was pretty dry, the fried batter that they use has a slight vinegary flavor which adds a nice kick. It’s not the best fried chicken I’ve ever had, but for a dollar per piece, it’s certainly good value and an upgrade over anything from KFC.

The catch? There’s nowhere to sit and you’re basically standing in the kitchen while waiting for the order to be ready so you have to have a place in mind for where to go and sit (might I suggest the tables and chairs that are in Times Square?). If you don’t mind the lack of atmosphere or having to eating out of a styrofoam container then Piece of Chicken offers one of the best bargains in the city.

1 comment:

  1. Think I could convince them to have a free-range option? (Although I suppose it would then be $2-a-piece...)