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.