The Great American Fried Chicken Roadmap Slideshow

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New York City

Pies 'n' Thighs: Brooklyn, N.Y.

The fried chicken at this Williamsburg gem is seasoned liberally with black pepper, cayenne, and paprika, making for a potent and flavorful golden-brown crust. The atmosphere is laid-back, yet charming, with tables lined with gingham tablecloths and enough seating for only a few lucky guests at a time. The flaky homemade biscuits and rotating selection of pies make for outstanding accompaniments to the juicy, expertly executed chicken.

Honorable Mentions

Momofuku Noodle Bar: New York City

Rack and Soul: New York City

Charles’ Country Pan-Fried Chicken: New York City