Midtown East Loses Their Chicken Bar


Things are not looking so good for Chicken Bar, the Ranch 1 “rebranding” project that launched a few years ago. The location on 52nd btw. Lex+3rd has closed, leaving the location on 8th Ave. btw. 45+46th as the only one left in Midtown. (Though there are still Ranch 1 franchises inside 3 different generic Midtown delis.) As fast food chains go, I’m actually a fan of Ranch 1/Chicken Bar. If I’m in the mood for a grilled chicken sandwich they’re my go to spot, and the fries are surprisingly good. I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end…

Ranch 1 Grilled Chicken (…it’s better than you think)
Chicken Bar vs. Ranch1 (The Epic Battle!!!)


  • Noooooo! Where will I get my red pepper sauce now!?

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    The day I found them closed with a “lost our lease” sign in the window, there was a hawker from the nearest Ranch*1 location (56th and 3rd) giving out $2 off coupons, so I went over there.

    What I discovered is that Ranch*1 has prepackaged honey mustard sauce, which is thin and syrupy and entirely unsuitable as a replacement for the creamy hand-packed goodness they had at the Chicken Bar.

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