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Celebrate National Fried Chicken Day in the Hudson Valley
July 6 is National Fried Chicken Day. We haven’t been able to pinpoint the origins of the holiday, but that won’t stop us from enjoying a finger-lickin’ Friday.
Here are a couple of suggestions for places to celebrate in the region:
The Bayou: Every day is Mardi Gras at this Mount Vernon Cajun-style restaurant and club. One of the top entrees on the menus is "Southern Fried Kickin' Chicken,” which consists of four pieces of fried chicken served with smashed potatoes and cole slaw for $17.99.
Patrons can enjoy their fried chicken Friday night while listening to Red Frame, an acoustic Southern rock band. There is no cover. The Bayou is open until 1 a.m. on Fridays.
Info: 580 Gramatan Ave., Mount Vernon; 914-668-2634; http://www.bayourestaurantny.com
Birdsall House: Diners who prefer eating their fried chicken with a fork may enjoy this slightly more upscale option. The Peekskill gastro pub resembles an old dining tavern with red leather booths and period pendant lights. The menu is seasonal, but the current menu features Buttermilk Fried Chicken, three or four pieces of chicken served with dirty rice, Creole red beans and sweet plantains for $22.
Classic rock band The Flynns will play in the beer garden from 6-9 p.m. tonight. Birdsall House is open until 2 a.m.
Info: 970 Main St., Peekskill; 914-930-1880; http://www.birdsallhouse.net
La Bella Havana: Who says fried chicken has to be served Southern style? For fried chicken with a Latin sizzle, this Yonkers eatery features two fried chicken options with a Cuban twist: llo Frito a la Criolla (Creole fried Chicken) for $14.95 and Chicharon de Pollo (Fried Chicken chunk) for $12.95. Both dishes come with white rice, black beans and garlic sauce.
When the kitchen closes at 11 p.m. the restaurant turns into a lounge where revelers can enjoy cocktails and music until 4 a.m.
Info: 35 Main St., Yonkers; 914-920-9777; http://www.labellahavana.com
Hill Country Chicken: If you’re headed into the city Friday night, there are plenty of chicken options at this “Fresh Fried Chicken Joint.” The menu is full of fried chicken combos ranging in price, but Friday’s special is the “Mama’s Coop,” which feeds two people for $30. The meal comes with a wing, thigh, breast and drumstick served either skinless in a cracker crunch coating or with skin fried in a spicy, salty and sweet batter. The meal includes two biscuits, two small sides and two specialty beers or bottled sodas.
The restaurant closes at 10 p.m.
Info: 1123 Broadway, New York; 212-257-6446; http://www.hillcountrychicken.com