Cheap Eats: Mmm – Greasy Fried Chicken

“Cheap Eats” is my post-series on cheap restaurants and prepared food options in New York. I recommend cooking your own food most of the time, but every once in a while it is nice to indulge and you don’t have to pay through the nose to do so. I plan to review many of the cheap options I find on various websites and will let you know if they are as good and as cheap as advertised. If you have a suggestion for a place to review, feel free to let me know through my contact page.

The other day, I decided that I had gone far too long without some good ol’ fried chicken. As a kid, I was obsessed with fried chicken and even wrote an ode to “Mr. Duncan’s Fried Chicken” the place where I would get my chicken fix every summer near my grandma’s house*. So, I hopped on over to:

Dirty Bird to Go – 204 W. 14th Street (map) and 155 Chambers Street (map)

Not a remarkable storefront...
Not a remarkable storefront…
but the interior was pretty neat!
but the interior was pretty neat!

I was greeted by interesting paintings and wall decor. But I didn’t look for too long because I was hungry!

Make sure you get the jalapeño dipping sauce - delicious.
Make sure you get the jalapeño dipping sauce – delicious.

The Cheap Eats Breakdown

How was the ordering experience? So-so. I ordered my food, which went smoothly, but I did have to wait a while for it. Next time, I think I will call in my order on my way to pick it up (a trick I should have remembered this time!) The biggest issue, was that they got my order wrong. I didn’t notice until I was back in my office, ready to eat. I wasn’t too upset about this though, as my 2 pieces of fried chicken on the bone turned into 3 fried chicken fingers.

How unique is the food? You can get fried chicken anywhere, so this ranks low on the unique scale, but everyone needs some comfort food every once in a while!

How delicious was the food? It was actually pretty delicious! Even though I got chicken fingers, they did a good job frying them up to seem closer to actual fried chicken then just some plate of chicken fingers you get at your local pub. I was pretty impressed.

Did it fill me up for $5 or less? It’s complicated. I paid $5.95, but the chicken fingers that I actually received are listed at $4.95. So if I had ordered the chicken fingers from the start, I would have come in under $5 before tax. And I was satisfied. I wouldn’t say I was SUPER full, but it’s probably not a good idea to overfill on fried chicken in the middle of the workday anyway.

Conclusion: I usually take orders that are mixed up with a grain of salt. That happens to every restaurant now and then, and really, the food and the price are what matter most. And the food was very good. I still miss “Piece of Chicken” which closed down a few years ago and had pieces of chicken for $1 each and some pretty great sides as well. However, Dirty Bird to Go is definitely worth checking out.


*Later it came out that my mom was a bit intimidated by Mr. Duncan. When she was a little girl, he was a police officer in the tiny town she grew up in. We had very different views of the man!

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7 thoughts on “Cheap Eats: Mmm – Greasy Fried Chicken

  1. Phil February 27, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Nothing wrong with these little hole in the walls! Some make the best food, and you can’t go wrong with fried chicken if done right!
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    • Mr NYBudget February 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Absolutely – and this one was surprisingly good!

  2. save. spend. splurge. February 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    While I really like the idea of fried chicken, I have not found anyone to do it better than either the really greasy, SUPER BAD FOR YOU KFC stuff (must be the nasty batter).. or doing it at home, myself.

    Buttermilk and spices be damned, I haven’t come across an amazing fried chicken restaurant yet.

    • Mr NYBudget February 28, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      I actually only recently figured out how to make it at home. Tastes great, but man is it messy! I do wish I knew how to make dipping sauces as good as the one at Dirty Bird though.

  3. Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life March 1, 2014 at 11:21 am

    As a veg I don’t do fried chicken, but there is some amazing fried veggie chicken at Vegetarian Paradise 2, right near Washington Sq Park.
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    • Mr NYBudget March 2, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      Interesting – never tried fried veggie chicken, but I’m always up for new things. Maybe I’ll check it out!

  4. ball March 13, 2014 at 4:19 am

    thanks for this nice information.

    It is very palatable.

    I like to eat fried chicken.

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