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America's Best Fried Chicken

Rack & Soul, New York

The Morningside Heights chef tandem at Rack & Soul (pitmaster John Wheeler and soul-food front man Charles Gabriel) hit the spot with a killer one-two punch: barbecue and fried chicken. Honestly, it’s a coin flip between the two. Go with Gabriel’s golden-brown chicken, a family recipe he’s been cooking for 50 years. Pan-fried and seasoned with a little something-something Gabriel won’t divulge, the moist meat kicked off a revival of the dish in Manhattan when Rack & Soul opened in 2006. Even though the soul chef’s heart sticks close to his original Harlem restaurant, his mama’s fried chicken lives in the upper-Broadway diner.

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