The Bird is the Word: Succulent Chicken Dishes

Jessica Simpson infamously confused tuna for chicken, bringing to light the undervalued status of the once-ubiquitous bird. Recently, however, roast chicken has been making a juicy comeback at New York restaurants. If you're looking for the simple pleasures of the moist, meaty king of poultry, here's where to roost.

Updated: March 02, 2008

Perfect Poultry


Shorty's.32

199 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

At his Soho spot, chef Josh Eden pan-roasts chicken, resulting in perfectly crisp skin and juicy meat, and pairs it with snap-tastic green beans and creamy mashed potatoes.


Back Forty

190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009

Chef Peter Hoffman opts for a rotisserie preparation at his East Village boite, which serves full and half orders of chicken slathered with a secret spice rub.


Community Food & Juice

2893 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

The roast chicken here brings to mind comforting Sunday dinners, plated up with maple orange-glazed carrots, potatoes and roasted roots. Not included: Dad napping on the floor afterward.


Market Table

54 Carmine St, New York, NY 10014

This pan-roasted chicken with hazelnut brown butter is the very definition of comfort food, especially when alternated with mouthfuls of the accompanying sweet potato salad.


Blt Market

1430 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Though the preparation of the roasted Amish chicken changes seasonally at Laurent Tourondel's midtown eatery, it's currently being served with Meyer lemon-Provencal stuffing, porcini and pomme fondant.