This past weekend, a crew of us food folk planned to hit up a couple of the downtown spots for the first installment of a Lickin’ Chickin’ food crawl.
Here is the route we took:
We wanted to do a mix of fried chicken and wings so we started at Distilled in Tribeca. Here, Shane Lyons (ex-Momofuko) serves up some really excellent eats – but we were there for his famous “Distilled Wings”.
These wings are double fried and then coated with a Korean Gochujang sauce. I have to say that the wings were fried to perfection. Biting into those wings one is hit with the perfect crunch which leads to a superbly moist interior. The only problem with these wings was that the Gochujang sauce was a bit too strong – a little too heavy on the soybean flavoring. If not for that – I think these wings were an absolute winner.
Our next stop was at Sarah Simmons much touted Birds & Bubbles known for its fried chicken and Champagne combinations.
We ordered a “Chicken & Egg Biscuit” which was fried chicken in a biscuit with a deviled egg sauce. We also tried the “Chicken Tender Basket” which was served with a spicy sorghum mustard. I thought the Chicken & Egg Biscuit was pretty good – the biscuit was a bit too dense for my liking. The fried chicken was well done – but not outstanding.
Our next stop was Sweet Chick on the LES, which is one of Williamsburg’s favorite fried chicken spots.
Here the buttermilk-fried chicken is brined for 24 hours and then double dredged using spices the second time round and then fried to a perfect crispness. I tried a breast piece and thought it was really good. The crunch on the piece was perfect but I will say that there was something in the spices they used which had a bit of an after taste. However, overall it was a relay great piece of chicken.
We needed a break from the fried chicken and stopped off at Croxley Ales for some beer and wings.
This classic sports bar has a great selection of Ales on tap and a loyal customer base. The vibe was cool here as we kicked back – listenened to some funky music and tried their “Classic Wings”.
And then there were three! We were rather full by now and really wanted to end on a high note to we went to Bobwhite’s Lunch & Supper Counter for the final leg of our Lickin’ Chickin’ crawl.
We were hoping that this spot would really give us a homerun and we could head out on a high note and boy did it deliver!
We ordered a “Buffalo Chicken Sandwich” which we thought would be the best of both worlds melding our chicken wings/ fried chicken quest for the day.
This was a real winner! At Bobwhite they brine their meat in sweet tea. This sandwich was served on a warm buttered toasted brioche bun with a perfectly seasoned, crisp yet juicy bird insdie. It was our most favorite dish of the crawl.
Heres a pic of the final three who made it through our Lickin’ Chickin’ crawl! Great going Justine from Little Miss Local and Jean Lee. Cant wait for the next time!