02/17/16 2:32pm

Is This The Best Fried Chicken Sandwich in NYC?


Joseph Leonard’s top-flight fried chicken sandwich.

A few weeks ago my good friend Siobahn who has something of a thing for fried chicken sandwiches asked me if I wanted to meet for lunch at Joseph Leonard. “They don’t have chicken sandwiches on the menu,” I said my sights set on steak tartare. “They do at lunch,” she shot back, “and I’ve been meaning to try it forever.” And that dear eaters is how I came to try one of the best fried chicken sandwiches in New York City.

As someone who’s had the privilege of eating fried chicken in New Orleans, I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that until that lunch at Joseph Leonard my fried chicken sandwich game has been limited to such monstrosities as the KFC Double Down. One bite of Joseph Leonard’s sandwich all past fried chicken sandwich transgressions were wiped away.

“That must have been one happy chicken,” I said between bites. The bird itself was juicy and greaseless, dressed with honey, Tabasco and mayo. Bread and butter pickles balanced the whole thing out. It’s truly one of the best fried chicken sandwiches I’ve ever had in New York City.

As good as Joseph Leonard’s fried chicken sandwich was I am by no means and expert having never tried Fuku or even Chick-fil-A. So here’s what I’d like to know, what’s your favorite chicken sandwich? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter, @JoeDiStefano.

Joseph Leonard, 170 Waverly Place., 646-429-8383

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