By Carol Tannenhauser
If you guessed Charles Pan-Fried Chicken, at 146 West 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam, you are right.
The editors of Eater just placed it on their April list of answers to the question they say they’re asked more than any other: “Where should I eat right now?”
WSR telephoned the restaurant Tuesday afternoon to get a reaction.
“Yay!” said Manager Frederica Thompson.
Even better, she added, “is that we’ve gotten a great response from the neighborhood. That feels good because we’re all about service. Yes, our food is amazing, but our customer service is outstanding. When you walk in here you get a feeling you won’t get anywhere else. We’re proud for carrying on the tradition of Chef Charles Gabriel.”
Charles Pan-Fried Chicken opened its UWS location on February 7th. On February 8th, business was so good they sold out and had to close early. The New York Times called the food, “the Platonic ideal of fried chicken.”
Here’s what Eater had to say:
“The decades-old Harlem icon…is known for its approach to frying chicken, crisping the bird in a giant skillet instead of vats of bubbling oil. The impressive, flavorful result has gained the restaurant legions of followers that are lining up outside the crammed, takeout-only cafe for Charles’ crunchy chicken, creamy mac and cheese, and lima beans that Eater critic Robert Sietsema says will convert even the staunchest lima bean doubter. Barbecued ribs, pulled pork, and smothered chicken are also on the menu.”
Charles Pan-Fried Chicken is now delivering within a 10-block radius of its 72nd Street location. Go to their website and click Order Now.
Correction: We originally said Charles was #1 on the list — and it was, but a helpful reader noticed the rather tiny note that said the restaurants were listed geographically. Nonetheless, it is still #1 in our eyes!