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; www.masonsandwiches.com
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; www.yonkersbrewing.com
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.
The Barley House
Thornwood; 914.495.3333; www.thebarleyhouseny.com
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; www.woodenspoonnewro.com
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.
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
Elmsford; 914.741.2337; www.captainlawrencebrewing.com
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.