Blue Ribbon Fried Chicken (***)
749 9th Ave, NY, NY 10019
I do not know why I keep going back to this place. Oh yeah, I usually go when I’m out drinking with friends, and my drunk tastebuds don’t care about unseasoned fried chicken. Plus, I like to hate on things.
Folks rave about Blue Ribbon’s chicken, but I just do not get it. The chicken is beautifully fried, the meat is moist/juicy, and the chicken is not super greasy. Buuuuuuut, where’s the flavor and seasoning? Who came up with these recipes?!!!! Haven’t these folks heard of salt, pepper, Mrs. Dash, adobo, the seasoning packs that come with the cheap ramen noodles? After constantly bitching about the wack fried chicken, I decided to try something new so I ordered the teriyaki chicken bites. The drumstick is in the picture because the cashier did not hear (or ignored) me when I said that I wanted to chicken bites INSTEAD of the lame chicken. The chicken bites were quite delicious, and I think they will be my go-to in the future. Oh, the mac and cheese was lamer than the unseasoned chicken.
A quote from their website.
How did two brothers from New Jersey become famous for serving some of the best fried chicken in the country???
Who the hell said this place has some of the best fried chicken in the country? Are they talking about the United States?
Well, what do you like about this place?
- When they used to have them, the hushpuppies were out of this world amazing. During one outing, I ordered an extra batch so I could have them for breakfast the next morning.
- Their coleslaw is vinegar-based.
- There is a nice selection of beers.
- You can lose your mind with their sauces. The top sauces in stock are Honey Wasabi and Chipotle BBQ. I don’t know how the plain honey snuck in there. That must have been my friend’s.
Oh, I forgot another thing to hate on about this place. Now, they have all of these healthy options like fried chicken/kale salad. I mean, if you want to eat healthy then go to a Go Salad, not a freaking fried food joint.
Speaking of annoyance, that night my friend and I kept the party going by going to yet another bar after eating all of that damn chicken. Actually, we went to the bar after eating because it was raining cats and dogs, and the bar is right across the street.
Who brings a salad to a bar AND orders a damn “margarini” especially when there is a bar that serves food across the street?
I think a margarini is a martini (don’t know if it’s gin- or vodka-based) with tequila. Eh, I reckon it was a vodka martini with tequila. I don’t think straight gin and tequila would go well together.
Any favorite food items/dishes of the week?