Hill Country Chicken

Hill Country Chicken

(Now Closed)
Fried Chicken Joint$$$$
NoMad, New York
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  • Stewart R.
    Stewart RoxburghJuly 16, 2015
    Wow! The fried chicken breast was amazing. Probably the best I've ever eaten and I've eaten a lot! Fresh, vintage, down home Cookin' at its best! I bought breast and wing Coop Meal with the Creme Soda
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    The chickwich is vastly superior to most fast-food fried chicken sandwiches, because the chicken was perfectly fried- crispy on the outside, not too thick, and still moist in the interior. Read more
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    TomAugust 25, 2015
    Southern fried chicken done right! I prefer their original with skin. It's nice and crispy yet juicy. Biscuits are must. Their pies are just as good as their chicken if not better.
  • Winson W.heart icon on user image
    Winson WongFebruary 10, 2015
    Pie shake! Pie crust inside a shake. So delicious and yet disgusting at the same time. I had the double cherry one and it was very good. The fried chickens were also not bad.
  • Harlem’s H.heart icon on user image
    Harlem’s HungryAugust 11, 2015
    The chicken is awesome! Wasn't expecting it to be so flavorful and moist. I went for the Classic fried I'm a skin fan. Definitely will return. Staff can be a bit more inviting to first timers however
  • Zaphiria Z.heart icon on user image
    Zaphiria ZallasFebruary 23, 2015
    The food here is too good to be true. Try their chicken tenders, Mac and cheese, banana pie, and fry mashed potatoes. It has real fries in it! How awesome is that!?! The entire staff is sweet
  • Cory B.heart icon on user image
    Cory BronzeJuly 30, 2015
    Absolutely the best fried chicken (Mama Els) and grilled chicken sandwiches in NYC. The homemade pie cups are awesome too. And don't miss the Boylan fountain soda. Free refills!
  • NVDKheart icon on user image
    NVDKAugust 8, 2014
    Casual, tasty cafeteria style food in an ideal location. The chicken sandwiches are great. The seating on the lower level has a fun gameroom feel. Great place for lunch with friends.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    We’re all about the crunchy cracker breading. Order the thigh and drumstick deluxe with a buttermilk biscuit and a side of cheesy fried mashed potatoes. Read more
  • Arjumand B.heart icon on user image
    Arjumand BonhommeAugust 23, 2014
    The chicken is always really juicy and flavorful. I like the classic style better than Mama El's. Best "fast food" chicken joint I've been to, and they're consistent. Decent service.
  • Tony X.heart icon on user image
    Tony XerriDecember 8, 2018
    Get two friends, get a bucket, get a table, get fat. Good stuff chicken.
  • Rami M.heart icon on user image
    Rami MassoudMay 12, 2017
    The fried chicken is perfectly cooked and has some of the best breading I've ever had. Everything was delicious
  • Tony X.heart icon on user image
    Tony XerriSeptember 24, 2018
    3 people squad? Sounds like you got a Bucket situation. Go half and half, that way you get the best of both worlds. Do not neglect the hot sauce.
  • Kayla K.
    Kayla KellerMarch 8, 2014
    Soooo delicious. Amazing Mac and cheese. As someone from Texas, I definitely approve. If only there was queso!! :)
  • Thomas W.heart icon on user image
    Thomas WoodMay 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Better than pies 'n thighs. (#Ohnohedidnt) Get it to go and eat in Madison Square Park, or get it to stay and eat down in the "Rec Room" which has an arcade machine and foosball!
  • Mat T.
    Mat ThiesJanuary 15, 2014
    When they are fresh their tenders may very well be some of the best chicken tenders around. The key word being fresh. Also, don't pass on the pickles, perfect pairing.
  • Branzino B.
    Branzino BandiniJune 13, 2012
    You’ll find a worthy a.m. offering in the Eggs Armadillo. This Texan Benedict twist features a poached egg quivering on a flaky buttermilk biscuit doused in rich sausage gravy. $5 per egg.
  • JenKudu
    JenKuduNovember 3, 2012
    Chickwich is as close to a chickfila sandwich you can find in NYC. Bourbon pecan and Texas millionaire pies are amazing! Very cute decor too ;)
  • Scott E.
    Scott EnnisMarch 6, 2014
    Get the $8.00 Chickwich! Its worth it. Only problem is you start craving Chick-fil-A afterwards. If you have ever been down south you know what I'm saying! :)
  • Chris B.
    Chris BuckleyJanuary 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best fried chicken in the city me thinks. The bums are also nice and hassle you from the warmth of your chair. No need to battle the cold for panhandlers.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveMarch 20, 2012
    Although some would argue that the only thing better than a warm slice of pie is a warm slice à la mode, New York City’s Hill Country Chicken takes it one step further with the Cowboy Pie Milkshake.
  • Adam G.
    Adam GertzNovember 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Over priced but really good. get the tenders I think they're better than the actual fried chicken and with the honey mustard on them they're top notch. Get a black cherry soda to wash it down.
  • Brett M.heart icon on user image
    Brett McKenzieJanuary 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Apparently they dropped the Solo Coop Combos AND the free mini pie after every three Foursquare checkins. While this doesn't change the fact that they make great food, I might be coming less often.
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 8, 2011
    On The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Scott Conant goes crazy for Mama Els' Fried Chicken at Hill Country Chicken, a fresh fried chicken joint frying up all-natural chicken. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeySeptember 27, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    The breast + wing + side is the way to go.
  • Bobby G.heart icon on user image
    Bobby GNovember 7, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    When it opened: decent. Now: absolutely incredible. The Southwestern Salad with fried chicken = 🙌. Cheesy mashed potatoes have some magic in them.
  • lily m.heart icon on user image
    lily meyerMay 14, 2014
    3 Georgians here agree--this classic TX style fried chicken is NOT like true southern fried chicken. The batter has a lot of sugar in it...sugar that would be put to better use in the ice-tea!
  • Tiffany L.
    Tiffany LangstonAugust 2, 2014
    Make sure to get a milkshake. They're made with Blue Bell Ice cream and are thick and delicious. Chicken is well-seasoned, but pricy.
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FordNovember 8, 2017
    Just get the chicken dark, the cheesy mash potatoes thing and a boylan's fountain beverage. No need for any of the other extras.
  • Adam D.heart icon on user image
    Adam DSeptember 7, 2016
    The classic fried chicken is great. The french fries in the mashed potatoes are a fun idea. The kale in the coleslaw is not.
  • Mike S.heart icon on user image
    Mike SmithJanuary 31, 2014
    This is what KFC should be life. Great meal. Get one strip of original recipe and one strip of mama el's so you taste both
  • Laura D.
    Laura D.September 17, 2012
    Great chicken, but let's be serious -- if you're coming here, it's to get a pie shake. That's right, a milkshake that has a mini pie blended into it. You're welcome.
  • Tobias R.heart icon on user image
    Tobias ReiperJanuary 18, 2016
    Truly delicious, soft, and moist fried chicken in New York!! Also, the pies by slice or cup rock!!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 29, 2010
    Pie Happy Hour (M-F, 4-6pm) get a complimentary cup of coffee with any slice of pie and get a second slice at half-price. The Fried Pimento Cheese Sandwich is best before desert.
  • Ben M.heart icon on user image
    Ben MackeyAugust 29, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    During the peak lunch hour, order by the piece to avoid the wait for a sandwich.
  • Collette S.heart icon on user image
    Collette SJune 21, 2015
    Chicken tenders (get a side of honey) and cheese fried mashed potatoes is what you should get. No questions.
  • Darls
    DarlsNovember 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the pie shakes, free refills on lemonade, free wifi, and the free pies after every third check-in! Oh and the chicken is pretty good, too!
  • Samantha T.
    Samantha TanDecember 22, 2013
    Love the free mini pie for every 3rd check-in! Also got an extra free piece cos one was small.Check the receipt too, free breakfast offers!
  • M S.
    M SilbersteinJune 3, 2012
    Sort of like BBQ fried chix. Dark red -spicy outer layer. Lots of flavor/meat moistness. Not Southern traditional. Decent prices. Beer available. Lots of sit down space. (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Matthew B.heart icon on user image
    Matthew BreuerSeptember 1, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    great place to go after a sad pitch, just sneak a quick beer & chicken and try to move on
  • Cristina R.
    Cristina RMarch 7, 2014
    If I could marry their chicken and waffles, I would. Oh and the salted margarita pie is to die for.
  • m 1.heart icon on user image
    m 11sApril 19, 2017
    The skinless oats crust has really good texture and crunch. They could have made the chicken itself and the crust more flavorful.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CJanuary 23, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    The chickwich is absolutely incredible. Get it with some fries or the mac n cheese!
  • Cristin R.
    Cristin RiffleFebruary 1, 2012
    Forget your diet and go all the way with the chicken and waffles. Don't skimp on the butter and syrup either! They compleat this heavenly eat.
  • J B.heart icon on user image
    J BriggsJanuary 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The menu is totally overhauled and reorganized. Texas Tenders are HUGE! One or two with a side is really enough for a big snack.
  • William T.
    William TorrealbaJuly 8, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    the classic chicken is delicious, almost a guilty pleasure, with biscuit, fries and mac&cheese
  • Sereita C.
    Sereita CobbsSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the chickwich. It is cooked to order and piping hot. And ask for really hot fries. Worth the wait. Wish they offered lemon meringue pie more often!
  • Lexieheart icon on user image
    LexieMay 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Biscuit and gravy is a great way to start the morning! Lots of pepper and hunks of sausage.
  • Léna L.
    Léna Le RollandJuly 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    I can't help it : I looooveee their chicken. Mama style all the way for the tenders ;)
  • Michele
    MicheleJuly 11, 2015
    Boylan's soda on tap! Get the chicken tenders - they're huge and friend with a yummy cracker batter.
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