New Yorkers, Put Down That Devil Chicken! 9 Best Chicken Sandwiches in NYC (Not from Chick-fil-A)

A couple of days ago our office tried out the new Chick-fil-A that opened a couple blocks from our office. 

Yep, we ate that "devil chicken." 

Forgive us, New York City, for we have sinned. Just kidding. It was delicious. 

But we know that there are TONS of other restaurants in NYC with kick-ass drool-worthy chicken sandwiches that are worth more pomp and circumstance than the Chick-fil-A chain. 

These restaurants are way more New York than Chick-fil-A ever will be. And for that, we've compiled a definitive list of the best chicken sandwiches that aren't Chick-fil-A in NYC. 

1. Rubirosa Sandwich from Rubirosa (235 Mulberry Street)

Love it or hate it, Rubirosa is a NYC staple. You'll likely find both tourists and natives here at any old time. Why? Because they have really awesome food. 

Once you get over their tie-dye pizza, you have to try their namesake sandwich. The "Rubirosa Sandwich" is comprised of brick-roasted chicken, mozzarella, roasted peppers, and pesto. 


It's essentially what you would thing any excellent Italian hero would be that isn't a chicken parm sandwich. You want a better-than-Chick-fil-A sandwich? Check out Rubirosa

2. Deluxe Fried Chicken Sandwich from Harlem Shake (100 West 124th Street)

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You didn't think we were going leave out fried chicken sandwiches from this list? We're better than that. 

Not only are we giving you a fried chicken sandwich, we're giving you the "deluxe fried chicken sandwich" from the Harlem Shake

This sandwich consists of a buttermilk brined chicken breast with pickles, onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon and slaw. It's pretty much everything you could want on an upscale fried chicken sandwich. Get a side of jerk fries, and you'll be a happy camper. 

3. Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich from Sheep Station (149 4th Avenue - Brooklyn)

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You want a really, really gourmet chicken sandwich? No biggie. Head on over to the Sheep Station in Brooklyn and order their buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. 

It's buttermilk fried chicken (obviously) with cumin seasoned mayo, avocado, and homemade pickles. 

If you want to be seriously impressed with this Aussie spot, make sure to try some of their Australian beers. 

4. Hot Chicken Sandwich from Meat Hook Sandwich Shop (495 Lorimer Street - Brooklyn)

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Are you like us? Do you grab the #3 from the "devil chicken" spot that is Chick-fil-A

You like the spice. Check out Meet Hook Sandwich Shop and grab a "Hot Chicken Sandwich" from this Brooklyn spot. 


But we mean if you seriously love spice. Because this sandwich is so hot, this is how they describe it: "fried, slaw, chicken, hot, spicy, hot sauce bath, yes, spicy."

See what we mean? Spicy.

5. Chicken Sandwich from Cheeky Sandwiches (35 Orchard Street)

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If you've ever spent any time in the south, you've probably had a decent biscuit, and instantly wished the biscuit craze has reached the city. Guess what? Your prayers have been answered.

You neeeed to have this fried chicken sandwich on a buttermilk biscuit with coleslaw and gravy. Because fried chicken is already awesome, but when you sandwich it between a buttery, flaky biscuit? 

Excuse us, that's the sound of our stomachs growling incessantly. 


6. Biden Sandwich from Sunny and Annie's Gourmet Deli (94 Avenue B)

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There are so many delicious delis in NYC that are worth your time. Sunny and Annie's definitely tops that list. This tiny little grocery store with a small grill section offers up tons of character. 

Have you ever been to a place that has named some of their sandwiches after presidents and other politicos? Well Sunny and Annie's does. They have the Joe-Bana, the George's Hero, and the Bush Sandwich (although we're not so sure we'd ever want to eat a Bush sandwich). 


We're going for the Biden. It's a chicken cutlet, muenster cheese, sun dried tomatoes, avocados, and sprouts on a toasted croissant. Mr. Biden sounds pretty tasty. 

7. Salvatore Sandwich from City Sandwich (649 9th Street)

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We're not going to give you a chicken parm on this list (what fun would that be when we've already told you about the good ones?). 

Instead, this Italian inspired sandwich is made with homemade la parma prosciutto spread, roasted peppers, chicken breast, sautéed onions, watercress and olive oil. 

The kicker? City Sandwich only uses free-range chicken. Healthy, ethical, and delicious. 

8. Buffalo Sandwich from Melt Shop (various locations)

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Like we said before, we like spice. 

Melt Shop delivers in the spice department. Their "Buffalo" sandwich has fried chicken, pepper jack cheese & blue cheese buffalo sauce on sourdough bread. 


If you're not a fan of the spice (boo, you), then get the "Grilled Chicken" sandwich with grilled chicken, Havarti cheese, roasted tomatoes, and truffle mayo on multi grain toast. 

Seriously, you can't go wrong with either. 

9. Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich from Root & Bone (200 East 3rd Street)

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New York City is essentially the best place for fried chicken & waffles. We love fried chicken and waffles. Even better? A fried chicken and waffle sandwich. We got you covered. 

Get to Root & Bone for their "Fried Chicken & Waffle Sandwich" with whiskey maple syrup, pickled green tomato, and watercress on a waffle with cheddar cheese. 

If that doesn't make you forget about the new Chick-fil-A, we don't know what will. 

Check out 7 Best Chicken & Waffles in NYC

[Feature Image Courtesy of Village Voice]

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