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Crispy Bird 115 E. 49th Street

Well; after more than a year; Crispy Bird has opened. Since it was the latest link in the Patachou chain lots of folks were excited. After all Martha Hoover is the Maven of Hipster Dining in the city and all the Patachou restaurants are successful. The OCD Chef in me was excited. To me a Hoover restaurant is always well run with a well thought out menu and procedure to match. One of her restaurants may be criticised for food choice or decor but no one can ever say that the joint is not well run and that every thing is done by the numbers. Of course the Border Town line cook in me half way wants someone to draw a big old mustache on the picture. That ain’t happening here.

There was 4 of us for lunch. Included in our party was Pat’s wife, Fran and their friend Shae. We ordered like “diners” not “reviewers”, and since the menu is rather small there were repeats.

Three legs and thighs, one breast and one “snack” of fried chicken skin. They offer fried skin ( chicken chicharrones) in several dishes.

Pat’s breast

The leg and thigh were very nicely done, moist and tender and still hot when I got it. The thing with chicken is it all tastes the same once you get past the skin. In this case the skin was wonderfully crisp just lacking in flavor. The most discernible taste was salt. At 5 bucks a piece I was a bit disappointed. I agree with Pat about the slaw and pickles. Also they have some rocking hot sauces to kick up the chicken. The sauces have the appearance of being house made as well.

These are the chicken skins ( cracklings ). They come with a citrus mayo for dipping and were a hit with everybody.

I thought the chicken was good but I have had better. The Garrison at Fort Ben comes to mind. However their snacks could make a return trip necessary. I believe this place has only been open for a month and they were hammered at lunch ( 20 minute wait) yet they carried it off flawlessly. That is what I mean about a Martha Hoover joint. The folks from Patachou sure know how to do it right.



7 responses

  1. Edward Koolish

    Benson, I really enjoyed your comments on this one .. especially as pertains to Martha. We’ve always liked Martha’s places. As a chef, there is a place in town that I think you would like. It’s called Livery. It’s a Cunningham property. Great food choices .. different than you will find on most menus around here. Unfortunately, I don’t think they are open for lunch.

    If you return to The Garrison, I’d like to you. I haven’t been there. Looks interesting.



    December 30, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    • I know of Livery. Unfortunately it is difficult for me to arrange a visit for dinner. However I am working on it. Thanks

      December 31, 2017 at 4:50 am

  2. Very nice! I’d only want the slaw and pickles anyway, lol!

    December 30, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    • You wouldn’t munch on a few pieces of fried skin?

      December 31, 2017 at 4:47 am

      • I’d have to be in a rare mood. I ate chicken tonight. Like, three whole bites! 😛

        December 31, 2017 at 8:14 pm

  3. I just keep saying Patachou over and over. That’s fun. Reading Pat’s comments, I’m pretty sure I can visualize him yelling at those darn kids to get off his lawn. I don’t see any carrots in that slaw.

    December 31, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    • Ha. The place is sooo loud. The ceiling was open with duct work exposed so any sound just bounced around. Couple that with piped in music and about 30 people talking and you have a ready made “get off my lawn” scenario. The slaw was Kohlrabi and apple in a vinegar dressing. It was a good change of pace but the more traditional kind with sweet mayo is my favorite. Yeah I guess Patachou is a fun name. One of their joints is named Petite Chou. Not so much fun to say.

      January 1, 2018 at 4:49 am

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