The Best Chicken Sandwiches in New York

If you thought that the great chicken sandwich war of 2019 was brutal, just wait until you try to decide on the best chicken sandwiches in New York City. Because sure, Popeyes v Chick-Fil-A was fun for a minute, but neither hold a candle compared to some of the brilliant chicken sammies found in New York.


So rather than just plucking a random NYC chicken sandwich out of the air the next time you need a fixin, take note of this list of the best chicken sandwiches in New York so you don’t run a fowl of your taste buds.


Double Chicken Please – Hot Honey



Come for the chicken, stay for the cocktails. Now truth be told most DCP patrons probably think that’s the wrong way around to describe this incredible bar in the Lower East Side, especially after it was named the #1 cocktail bar in North America recently. However, those of us in the know realize the cocktails are just a façade for DCP’s true purpose – absolutely banging chicken sandwiches!


This sandwich is as a wonder of contrasts. The heat that infiltrates the sticky sweetness of the honey is only heightened by the freshness of the basil. The crunch of the crispy chicken pierces the softness of the milk bun, but luckily not the roof of your mouth. The pickles perfectly undercut the whirling flavor bomb to ensure every bite leaves you asking “wait, they do cocktails here too?”.


Bobwhite Counter – Buffalo Chicken Sandwich



Named after a bird from Virginia, and not a generic suburban 54-year-old man, this decade-old ‘chicken shop’ dishes out some of the best sandwiches in the East Village. Or Alphabet City is you really wanna be pedantic about it. Fortunately, the buffalo chicken sandwich is so good here that geographic locations will be the last thing on your mind as soon as you begin devouring this sandwich.


The Bobwhite sandwich is simple, but that’s what you’ll like most about it. Chicken that has been brined in sweet tea before being fried and tossed in buffalo sauce. Ranch dressing because the fry and buffalo wasn’t naughty enough already. And a soft toasted bun to keep your fingers free(ish) of the sauce). Pro’s add pickles onto the sandwich. Heroes add extra buffalo sauce onto a side of mac and cheese.


The Commodore – The Hot Breast



Trying to describe a dive bar to a newbie is like the 1964 US Supreme Court verdict on defining pornography – you know it when you see it. Filled with character and characters, the walls of these local waterholes retain stories well beyond the days their tellers drink within them. Many dive bars don’t serve food, often the result of a lack of a working kitchen. Some of them, however, do, and the best of them sell chicken sandwiches.

Enter The Commodore. With a kitchen open until 2am, you might think this chicken sandwich comes with an asterix (everything tastes great after a 2am session). But a sober eating confirms what you thought the night before – creamy coleslaw and pickles are all you need for breasts falling out the side of… the seeded bun. Get your mind out of the gutter. It’s not 2am anymore.


Win Son Bakery – Chicken Sandwich


To know just how good this Taiwanese-American bakery/café is, barely a single seat is available at 3.30pm on a Wednesday (when we visited). Perhaps that’s because 3.30 is when the sandwich and burger menu opens at Win Son Bakery, or perhaps it’s just always that way. Regardless, whilst this meant our legs got no reprieve, that was more than offset by the reprieve our taste buds felt from boring old oxygen when the fried chicken sandwich slid across them.


The thick portion of fried chicken looks like an adult man’s knuckles bursting through the delicate milk bun holding this sandwich together. Pickled vegetables with some chili diced through them created a bed of flavor, heat and acidity against the chicken, whilst a sweet sticky sauce brings it home to create a balance rarely displayed outside of an Olympic gymnastics competition.


Rowdy Rooster – The Big Rowdy



The concept of Indian chicken sandwiches sounds odd until you remember all the drunken nights you’ve finished with a butter chicken in the past, and only now realize that soaking up the leftover sauce with fried chicken would have been an etheral experience. Well, sober up and get yourself to Rowdy Rooster, as they have perfected the fusion of fried chicken and Indian flavors with their flagship sandwich The Big Rowdy.


The chicken glows red like the sirens whirling by the East Village shopfront, lit up by the fiery spice levels you choose for your own sandwich. Choose wisely. Scallion yogurt and mint chutney soothe the raging fires in your mouth, and picked onions adds acidity to the equation. The potato buns soak up the swirling flavors of one of the most unique chicken sandwiches in New York.


Nowon – Jae’s Chicken Bun



When the latest KFC opened its doors in New York, locals couldn’t wait to get in line to try it. Not because the Colonel had devised another hairbrained idea like the Double Down, but rather because chef Jae of Nowon had opened a restaurant serving a Korean Fried Chicken sandwich called Jae’s Chicken Bun.


Best keep your fancy white suit and western bow tie behind when you eat this delicious sandwich, as it is packed with all sorts of flavorful stain inducing ingredients. From the soy pickled jalapenos to the sesame mayo and the fried chicken thigh itself. If you can navigate these ingredients, then you’ll be more than thankful for the texture comparisons between the potato bun and the crushed peanuts, whilst the cabbage and parmesan are also added because of ‘why not?’.


Tiki Chick – The Stiki Tiki



Nothing in New York costs $5 anymore. Your iced latte is $6. Your BEC is $7, or more. And even just sneezing inside a Wholefoods is going to cost you that much. Which is why it is so amazing that the team behind Jacob’s Pickles opened Tiki Chick next door that sells a range of $5 chicken sandwiches. And no, that’s not a miss print. Tiki bar chicken sandwiches.


The best of the 5 for $5 (bags trademark if no one else has!) is the Stiki Tiki. A base of buttermilk fried chicken is covered in shaved spam to give this dish a throwback 90s vibe. Pickled chips add some texture and tang, whilst the tiki sauce brings the rich. The caramelized sweetness of the grilled pineapple though is the piece de resistance and will really get your hips swaying in this island paradise inside the concrete jungle.


Pecking House – The Spicy Chicken Sandwich



When you have a waitlist of 10,000 New Yorkers trying to get your fried chicken, then you know you must be onto something. That was the situation facing the team behind covid’s most popular pop-up, Pecking House. Rather than delivering sandwiches to all those waiting folks, chef Eric Huang instead opened an actual restaurant in Prospect Heights to sling their chicken sandos. The old ‘build it and they will come’ theory. And boy did they come.


Specifically, the masses flocked (get it…?) to order the spicy chicken sandwich. The Fuqi chili sauce in this sandwich is no joke, but also adding pickled jalapenos on top of it means you need to come prepared. But if you boy-scout your way to this restaurant, you’ll earn your badge for the crunchy PH chicken contained within a brioche bun. And if you really want to get fancy, a foie gras addition is available.


Peaches Hot House – The Best Chicken Sandwich Anywhere



The sandwich at Peaches Hothouse is quite simply called “The best chicken sandwich anywhere”. And given that if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere, then it’s just math that Peaches would end up on the list of the best chicken sandwiches in New York.

The chicken in this sandwich is double fried, which is probably why our table neighbor described it as the best chicken he’s ever had in NYC. When it’s that good, there not much more you need to do, which is why Peaches smartly keeps the sandwich simple, adding just red and white slaw and warm but soft buns. A sandwich made for a princess sitting atop a throne of the best chicken sandwiches in New York.

2 hours
Group Size
At least 1

New York Sandwich Tour

Join your fellow sandwich lovers on this fun, delicious, and thought-provoking food tour as we feast on amazing sandwiches in New York City.

Together we will visit foodie destinations that only NYC locals know about as we debate the question "what is a sandwich?", and answer it by eating different types of delicious sandwiches.

In addition to the delicious sandwiches, you will also hear stories about the history of the sandwich, and the people who make them. We'll also discover street art and learn about the history of New York too.

Come with an open mind, and leave with a FULL stomach (and an answer to whether or not a hotdog, a burger or a taco is a sandwich).

*Vegetarian options available, but not vegan or gluten-free (sorry!)

**Private tours are available for corporate teams. As experienced by Amazon, Google, Audible and more. 

***Don't see a day/time that suits you? Ask us for a new time and we can try to accommodate.

2 hours
Group Size
At least 1

Brooklyn Sandwich Tour

New York sandwiches are not confined to just New York City. Brooklyn also offers an amazing range of sandwiches to enjoy too!

In this experience, we will answer the question "what is a sandwich?" as we eat three different interpretations of the sandwich in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Together we'll visit destinations that you will not find in a typical tourist guidebook as we eat our way through the history and evolution of the sandwich.

Along the way, we'll hear stories about the venues we are eating at and the people who are making our food. We'll discover street art and we'll also learn how the people of Williamsburg have influenced the sandwich game in New York.

**Vegetarian options available, but not vegan or gluten-free (sorry!)**

2 hours
Group Size
At least 1

America Josh x New York Sandwich Tour

G'day America Josh-ers (yeah we made that up). We have one question for you all - is a hotdog a sandwich?

If you want the answer, then join your fellow Aussies, sandwich lovers and NYC fans on this fun, delicious, and thought-provoking food tour as we feast on amazing sandwiches in the East Village.

Together we will visit foodie destinations that only NYC locals know about as we debate the question "what is a sandwich?", and answer it by eating different types of delicious sandwiches.

In addition to the sandwiches, you will also hear stories about the history of the sandwich, the people who make them and learn about the history of New York too. Plus we'll finish up at a great bar so we can continue the discussion after the tour is done.

So come with an open mind and leave with a FULL stomach (and an answer to whether or not a hotdog, a burger or a taco is a sandwich).

*Vegetarian options available, but not vegan or gluten-free (sorry!)

*Don't forget to use the America Josh promo code for a 10% discount on these 2 special tours.

2 hours
Group Size
At least 1

The Beers, Burgers and Buns Experience

Can’t decide between a bar crawl and a food tour whilst you’re in New York? Then why not join an experience that does both!

On the Beers, Burgers, and Buns experience we will do just what the title suggests - drink cold beer (or wine), eat delicious burgers, and bite into some (chicken) buns – as we walk through the fascinating neighborhood of the East Village.

Along the way, we’ll visit three unique bars and two dining spots, plus we’ll learn about the fascinating history of New York City – from the prohibition era to today – and hear the stories of the people behind the food and drink you will be enjoying. What more could you ask for?

This experience is only for those 21 years & older. EVERYONE must bring a valid ID.

Great for solo travelers, corporate groups, and private parties alike.

*Sadly this is not available for vegan and gluten-free diets. Sorry!

1 hour
Group Size
At least 10

A Sandwich Masterclass - Virtual Cooking Class

Welcome to the only cooking class  that answers the question “Is a hotdog a sandwich?”!

In this virtual cooking class - perfect for team-building events and corporate groups - we will create a delicious New York-style sandwich together across a fun & interactive one-hour Zoom call.

During the Masterclass, we will learn tips and tricks to make your sandwiches taste as amazing as the 'inspo' on @a_man_and_his_sandwich (IG).

We'll chat about our favorite sandwiches, learn about the history of ingredients between bread, and debate whether a hotdog, burger or taco can be considered a sandwich – prepare yourself for the lively debate!

2 hours
Group Size
At least 4

Corporate Events

Looking for a unique team-building event? Holiday party? Or just an excuse to get out of the office with your colleagues?

Then skip the same old tired work drinks or trivia nights and bring your team together with a devilishly delicious debate about whether a hotdog is a sandwich!

Our sandwich tours and cooking classes are perfect for corporate teams looking to enjoy a fun and interactive event filled with food, drink and laughter. We are experts at engaging your entire team (even the shy ones!) during our hotdog debate, and we ensure everyone is able to enjoy the amazing 'sandwiches' we share during our sandwich experiences.

We will happily work with you to customize our tours and classes are customizable to your group's needs - including all dietary restrictions - or you can just sit back, relax, and let us do all the work for you. Either way we'll make sure your stomach and your mind leave fulfilled.

Oh, and did we mention our walking tours all finish at a bar, just in case you want to keep the party (or sandwich debate) going once the tour is done?

Tours start at $65/person all inclusive of food. Group discounts available for larger groups too - the more the merrier!

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