The 55th Street Fried Chicken Cart Probably Shouldn’t Use Styrofoam
From the looks of things 55th and Madison has become one of the most interesting street cart corners in Midtown. On the NW corner you’ve got the liver sandwich from Charcoal Grill. On the NE corner, there is a cart that serves grilled hot dogs, chili, and chicken sausages. And on the SW corner there is the “Fried Chicken Cart”, which Lunch’er Bossman reported on back in October. I finally made it over there to check out their fried chicken… and it was good. Although I’m not sure styrofoam containers are the best vehicle for fresh-out-of-the-fryer fried chicken.
Yes, those are holes in the container created by the hot oil. That can’t be good for you. Of course, I ate the chicken anyway. (Not going to let good fried chicken go to waste, right!) When Bossman checked this cart out, he got two pieces of the regular chicken, and two chicken tenders. On the day I was there it was chicken wings. Not sure if they have different pieces on different days, or maybe now they’re only serving wings? They fry the chicken fresh to order, so wings make a lot more sense for time purposes.
Pretty tasty overall, I had them add their vinegary hot sauce- which pretty much turned these bad boys into buffalo wings. The fries were surprisingly tasty, and made this quite the deal for $6.
A friend tested out their chicken over rice, which was fairly standard. Rice was a little overcooked for my taste (I prefer the dry basmati rice that you get at 53rd & 6th or XPL), and I can’t agree with her choice of BBQ sauce over hot sauce (sorry, I’m strictly a white sauce hot sauce kind of guy) but it was edible.
Overall, a tasty lunch… despite the fact that my lunch melted the container that was holding it. I guess I’m saying go forth at your own risk. Next up… the grilled hot dog cart!
Fried Chicken Cart, SW Corner of 55th & Madison