Downtown Lunch: Backyard Chicken
Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so to even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (ensuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food.)
The corner of Pearl and John Streets now offer two solid Downtown Lunch options for the hungry and cheap. The banh mi cart from two weeks ago was a nice find, but Backyard Chicken sits about 50 feet away, and could be the greatest hot spot for cheap lunch in NYC (ok, not really.)
At BC you’ll spend $6.50 for 1/4 chicken with two sides and a drink…and for an extra 50 cents you can get a third side. Basically for under 7 bucks you won’t be hungry until tomorrow, as the portions are quite generous.
The chicken itself was decent but not deelish, which is surprising as that’s basically the only thing they do there (they make salmon too but who gets that?). And you can see the dirty birds spinning in the grease laden ovens that haven’t been cleaned since the Carter Administration.
The chicken I got was a little dry, I gotta say. Good but a bit dry. The sides though were awesome. The mashed potatoes and spinach both had a really nice flavor, and the mac-n-cheese wasn’t too greasy which is a problem I find with a lot of places.
I think overall if I had to choose a lunch between the two I’d go with Backyard Chicken though since I can still taste the mac-n-cheese a week later (Oh wait I just realized I had some left in my beard, that’s why).
They should call it Backyard Sides I guess.
Backyard Chicken, 241 Pearl Street (between John and Fulton), 212-406-6600
Photos and post by Daniel Krieger