Charles’ Pan-Fried Chicken

American in Harlem & Upper Manhattan

It’s a hole-in-the-wall, but charismatic Charles Gabriel makes some of the best fried chicken in the city. Crisp and beautifully seasoned, it’s served with sides including collard greens, yams, mac 'n’ cheese and corn bread. Don’t expect designer touches: just unadorned tables, food on trays, and proof that a book (or chicken joint) must never be judged by its cover.