Char-Grilled Chicken @ “The Famous” Chicken Place
Every city I’ve lived in has had some form of delicious chicken for lunch time. In Boston, there is Boston Market. The chicken is decent, the sides are eh, but man- is that corn bread good. In Los Angeles it is Zankou Chicken, a small chain of Lebanese chicken joints where the food is super cheap, and the star of the show is this unbelievable garlic sauce that every bite of chicken gets dipped into. But hands down, my favorite chicken place is in my hometown of Miami, and it’s name is Pollo Tropical! If you’ve never been, it’s basically a cuban version of Boston Market, serving char-grilled chicken with rice, beans, & plantains or fried yucca. Awesome. Everytime I go home, I never miss a visit to Pollo Tropical. They are mostly located in Florida, with two weird mysterious locations in the NY/NJ area, one of which I saw while on a bus to the Meadowlands. It was almost like a mirage in the distance, my eyes struggling to make out the sign, wishing I could stop the bus and quench my cuban food thirst… (I still haven’t been)
But alas, there is no Pollo Tropical, or Zankou Chicken in Midtown- so we’ve got to live with what we’ve got… and it seems as if “The Famous” Chicken Place is where it’s at. A small hole in the wall on 3rd Ave. (btw. 38th & 39th), they serve up char-grilled chicken & sides, at amazingly cheap prices.
Pics of the chicken, what I got and the +/- after the jump…
I’m not sure what “The Famous” Chicken place is famous for (even the menu has seemingly ironic quotes around the famous part), but the chicken is pretty tasty. They butterfly the chicken and grill it on both sides, leaving perfectly crispy browned skin. A 1/4 chicken with potato salad or cole slaw is only $4.25 ($4.75 if you want white meat), and a 1/2 chicken with potato salad or cole slaw comes in at an awesome $5.35. You can sub fries for the slaw or potato salad, and it also comes with a piece of pita bread.
I went for the quarter chicken, with slaw (I didn’t know you could sub the fries at the time) and it was pretty damn good. The chicken needed a little bit of salt, but that was easily corrected. In the end, it’s a great deal for the money- and if you are the type of person who can eat a half a chicken on your own for lunch, I can’t imagine you are going to find a cheaper deal than this. They also serve chicken souvlaki & chicken gyros (recommended to me by a reader), regular gyros, burgers, Baby Back Ribs, buffalo wings and salads. They also just remodeled the counter, making it a little nicer than before. If you are looking for char-grilled chicken, at cheap prices this is definitely your place. It’s no Pollo Tropical, but it’ll do…
- Char-Grilled Chicken at super cheap prices
- You can sub fries for cole slaw or potato salad (even though it doesn’t say it on the menu)
- Comes with pita bread too
- If you don’t like chicken on the bone, they do have Chicken Souvlaki & Chicken Gyro platters and sandwiches
- The chicken was a little under-seasoned (but that’s easily fixed)
- It’s a little greasy
“The Famous” Chicken Place, 592 3rd Ave. (btw. 38th & 39th), 212-687-1800