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Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken

Map & Directions 2839 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10039
  • Soul Food
  • cash
  • Takeout
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • None
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Charles Gabriel began his career 20 years ago when he operated a truck that parked in various empty lots in Harlem and Hamilton Heights, frying up some of the most scrumptious chicken this side of Atlanta. Now, he's bivouacked just up the street from his last location, with the chicken-still made in cast-iron skillets, rather than deep fryers, the way the best southern chefs do-stacked in the window, and a full steam table cradling all the usual soul-food classics. The mac and cheese is particularly good of its type, made with gobs of cheddar in a very deep loaf pan, with extra cheese crumbled on top. The collard greens are similarly fab, but be forewarned: the barbecued ribs are sweet and not particularly smoky.

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  • The New York Times on 05/06/10

    Timing the fried chicken is a guessing game. Batches appear at unpredictable intervals. Sample the other entrees and sides, keeping an eye peeled. The baked chicken is nearly the equal of the fried.

  • Village Voice on 09/16/13

    Charles Gabriel is fried chicken royalty, and his North Carolina-inspired pan-fried chicken is undoubtedly the best of its kind. It was listed in The Village Voice's 10 Best Fried Chickens in NYC.

  • Joe G. on 06/15/13

    All you can eat fried chicken and sides. Make sure to update your will before you go.

  • Malik S. on 06/27/10

    Grammatically incorrect awning makes me chuckle everytime I pass it.

  • Barry C. on 01/17/10

    Hit the buffet and get the fried chicken and the oxtail stew.

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