These Fried-Chicken Sandwiches Are Making Their Mark on Local Menus

Burgers be damned — it’s time for fried chicken’s moment in the spotlight. Shatteringly crispy and mouthwateringly moist, chicken is the meat of the moment to sandwich between a pair of waffles or perch atop a pillowy potato bun. From brewery tasting rooms to sandwich shops where everything is scratch-made, here are five that are way better than what you’re getting at the drive-thru window. 

photographs by andre baranowsk

Mason Sandwich Co.

Eastchester; 914.776.2766;

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Fortina and The Cookery alum Lou Brindley’s riff on the fast-food chicken sandwich boasts ultra-moist and flavorful buttermilk-fried chicken topped with house pickles and doused with spicy maple. 


Yonkers Brewing Co.

Yonkers; 914.226.8327;

This brunch-staple-turned-sandwich starts with pale-ale cheddar-cheese waffles and free-range fried-chicken thighs topped with bacon and a creamy chipotle sauce. 


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The Barley House

Thornwood; 914.495.3333;

This Thornwood tavern’s fried-chicken sandwich slants traditional, with coleslaw, lettuce, tomato, and drippy sauce — all on its signature croissant-brioche bun. 


The Wooden Spoon

New Rochelle; 914.278.9432;

Already home to a great fried-chicken plate, The Wooden Spoon serves up a hefty stack of crispy chicken, fried onions, bacon, and cheddar between two slabs of barbecue-smothered Texas toast. 

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Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. 

Elmsford; 914.741.2337; 

Straight-up Southern with a Yankee flair, Captain Lawrence stuffs a split rosemary-flecked biscuit with crispy buttermilk-brined white-meat chicken, pickles, and housemade bacon (!) aioli. 


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