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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Birdies

149 First Ave. (Ninth St.) Send to Phone
212-529-2512
Finger-lickin' good organic Southern cuisine.

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Open
Lunch & Dinner daily
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  • Dress code: Casual

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Birdies Restaurant Review

: New York is a haven for barbecue fiends, but it’s still hard to find a good piece of fried chicken south of 125th Street. Birdies hopes to remedy the situation by serving up fried chicken and fixin’s that New Yorkers can feel (slightly) better about. All of the birds are organic, antibiotic-free and prepared without trans fat. Thankfully, despite all the healthy trappings, Birdies still makes a fine piece of fried chicken that's crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. The menu isn’t limited to fried chicken: it also comes jerked, baked, and in a “moonshine stew” with okra, corn, carrots and split peas. Birdies even caters to vegetarians: there’s an extensive veggie menu with nuggets, sandwiches, and jerked “chick’n.” Unfortunately, the sides don’t live up to the quality of the poultry. The mac ‘n’ cheese may be overheated and gloopy, and the creamed spinach more garlicky than decadent. The tiny space is geared more for take-out than for sit-down meals.
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