Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken

Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken

(Now Closed)
Southern Food Restaurant$$$$
Central Harlem, New York
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  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    No deep fryers here. Or real plates, for that matter. But we’re here for amazing chicken, not a four-star dining experience. And this pan-fried deliciousness is the real deal. Read more
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    Head uptown to his-hole-in-the-wall chicken joint for the all-you-can-eat buffet and load your plate up with smoky collards, baked mac and cheese, and NYC's best banana pudding. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 16, 2013
    Charles Gabriel is fried chicken royalty, and his North Carolina-inspired pan-fried chicken is undoubtedly the best of its kind. It was listed in The Village Voice's 10 Best Fried Chickens in NYC.
  • Ben K.
    Ben K.April 13, 2014
    Get the buffet, best deal in town. Hopefully Charles is serving up fresh chicken from his giant pan. The smothered pork chops and sides are awesome, and the banana pudding is the best in NYC.
  • Jenn A.heart icon on user image
    Jenn AllenJune 16, 2015
    Fried chicken is good. Yams good but sweet. Mac-n-cheese used to be top notch. Get the all you can eat. It's there although they don't advertise it anymore (dont let them catch you sharing either) lol
  • Jessie C.heart icon on user image
    Jessie CatanaJune 21, 2016
    Not much decor but great food. Really good dinner special. $11 for 2 pcs chicken, 2 sides & cornbread. Fried Chicken, Mac & cheese, collards, and okra are all really delicious.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 22, 2016
    Were you aware that any day of the week you can eat unlimited quantities of Charles Gabriel's triple-seasoned fried chicken for $16.32 (yes, they are that specific on the price). Read more
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorOctober 21, 2013
    Voted best fried Chicken 2013 by Village Voice, means that they have the crown uptown AND downtown. That all you can eat buffet is manned by waitresses that do portion control on their terms not yours
  • paisley
    paisleyDecember 16, 2012
    Best fried chicken in NY! chicken thighs right from the pan was unreal. Buffet is the way to go. Okra w/ tomatoes & corn, smothered fried chicken & rice was so good- banana pudding was dessert!
  • Harlem A.
    Harlem AmbassadorFebruary 1, 2013
    who has the best soul food in Harlem? The question ends here once you taste the pan fried fowl. The all you can eat buffet is tops. ignore the waitress' dirty looks if you go for seconds on buffet
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    The mac and cheese is great, with gobs of cheddar in a deep pan, with extra cheese crumbled on top. Read more
  • Piqui B.heart icon on user image
    Piqui BerriosAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Yummy pan fried chicken although it looks mad ghetto and kinda greasy inside and dude got a propper jherri curl in there that use about a bottle of glycerine every two hours.
  • Benito P.heart icon on user image
    Benito PagottoDecember 7, 2014
    Fried chicken is really good : tender and tasty. Good atmosphere, this place is the real deal if you like fried chicken.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMarch 30, 2015
    The chicken is extraordinary: triple-seasoned (note: if you hate salt, don't eat here), juicy-not-greasy and intensely flavored through-and-through. Read more
  • Zayed K.heart icon on user image
    Zayed KhanMarch 22, 2015
    Top notch chicken and collard greens. Ask for the gravy on the side if you want a taste of regular fried chicken, as well as smothered.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMarch 5, 2014
    Village Voice is proud to welcome Charles' Country Pan Fried Chicken to the 2014 Choice Eats food fest! We voted it "Best Fried Chicken in New York"-- try it and you'll see why.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GallagherJune 16, 2013
    All you can eat fried chicken and sides. Make sure to update your will before you go.
  • Niaheart icon on user image
    NiaJuly 9, 2013
    The online menu is not realistic. Ask what they have. Don't go for ambiance, go for great tasting soul food that will Make you slap ya momma.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 14, 2013
    Make sure you get the homemade macaroni and cheese and stewed okra with tomatoes as sides to the crunchy fried chicken.
  • Albert F.
    Albert FreemanApril 3, 2012
    The buffet only seems like a good idea; the dinners are big enough to bust your gut. Delicious greens and macaroni and cheese to match the bird.
  • Chez O.
    Chez OngJanuary 23, 2014
    Their fried chicken is simply amazing. I crave it regularly. I just wish they weren't so far from where I am.
  • The New York Times
    Timing the fried chicken is a guessing game. Batches appear at unpredictable intervals. Sample the other entrees and sides, keeping an eye peeled. The baked chicken is nearly the equal of the fried. Read more
  • Jenn A.heart icon on user image
    Jenn AllenJune 16, 2015
    Fried chicken is excellent. People rave about the mac-n-cheese but I found the quality has changed. Yams are good but sweet.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonJanuary 11, 2017
    scrap the meal: order individual pieces of chicken with a soda/cornbread/side and you've got yourself a deal.
  • Jim N.
    Jim NothnagelOctober 21, 2013
    Delicious fried chicken, Mac n cheese, cake and sweet tea. I'll definitely be back.
  • Eric T.heart icon on user image
    Eric TaubJuly 3, 2013
    Get there early. If all they have left are the chewy dregs of fried chicken, wait for a fresh batch. If no fresh batch is coming, don't bother.
  • Themodelj
    ThemodeljAugust 15, 2013
    Good stuff ..I and the mac & cheese with some fried chicken Yumm
  • Tyler J.heart icon on user image
    Tyler JacobMarch 28, 2016
    The collard greens: simply amazing
  • Canada O.
    Canada O'DayApril 3, 2014
    Great cheap soul food. Loved the greens, but the mac & cheese was meh.
  • Noelle
    NoelleJune 11, 2013
    The fried chicken is great but the macaroni & cheese could use some work
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel W.December 7, 2010
    Go before a Yankees game. Get the buffet, pig out, and enjoy the experience.
  • Maryam A.heart icon on user image
    Maryam AlyApril 20, 2014
    Some of the best fried chicken I've ever had <3
  • New York Post
    New York PostApril 23, 2015
    A trip to Harlem isn't complete without a plate of fried chicken and the best in the area is made by Chef Charles Gabriel, who's been serving up birds for more than 20 years. Read more
  • allison
    allisonJanuary 28, 2016
    Fried chicky chicken
  • foodforfel
    foodforfelJune 3, 2012
    Debating about sides? Get the okra.
  • Chauncey T.
    Chauncey TomlinsonAugust 8, 2013
    I'm the heart of the hood great food though
  • Angeln9nerheart icon on user image
    Angeln9nerOctober 23, 2014
    Barbeque chicken
  • Barry C.
    Barry CampbellJanuary 17, 2010
    Hit the buffet and get the fried chicken and the oxtail stew.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PrestonFebruary 15, 2011
    Try the all you can eat buffet
  • D.A. K.
    D.A. KrolakAugust 15, 2010
    The food is good homestyle country cooking!
  • Malik S.
    Malik S.June 27, 2010
    Grammatically incorrect awning makes me chuckle everytime I pass it.
  • Herb I.
    Herb ImperialJuly 23, 2011
    Wings....its all about the wings
  • jamarr s.
    jamarr smithJanuary 13, 2010
    Don't eat here, I did and got sick
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  • Verónica R.heart icon on user image
    Verónica RomeroNovember 4, 2015
    El lugar no es lindo y la comida no es ni tan buena ni tan barata.
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