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Fried Chicken at Commerce

The perfect food to celebrate the Fourth

Why does apple pie get all the credit for being patriotic? Fried chicken is just as quintessentially American, not to mention the perfect Independence Day eat. Chef Harold Moore’s version ($17) at Commerce is full of flavor fireworks, with a light, crispy, pleasantly-salty batter coating extraordinarily moist meat. Served with a buttery biscuit and creamy coleslaw, the dish is available at lunch and brunch Friday through Sunday. In a cute flourish, it comes wrapped in old paper menus. Keep in mind that its popularity can sometimes cause the brilliant birds to run out by weekend’s end. There is a strategy to remedy that, however: Moore is planning a fried-chicken-only spot to open on Bedford Street within the next year.

Fried chicken Commerce

Fried chicken at Commerce

Opened in early 2008, Commerce is the collaboration of Moore (ex-Montrachet, Daniel and Jean-Georges), and NYC restaurant vet Tony Zazula, whose resume includes Tavern on the Green, the Rainbow Room and Windows on the World. Set on a charming bend of a West Village street, Commerce thrives as a neighborhood favorite. There’s another chicken on the menu that has won fast fans, too: the whole roasted chicken for two, with vegetables and truffled potato puree ($32 per person). Both are finger-lickin’ great.

50 Commerce St.

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