The Bromberg brothers’ signature dish has been named the Best Fried Chicken in the U.S. by ‘Food & Wine.’ But don’t take their fancy word for it: Instead, go on the recommendation of a real heavy fan, or prepare to get thrashed. Pioneering metal guitarist Scott Ian, the Queens native who co-founded the band Anthrax, tells ‘Men’s Journal’ he eats at the Blue Ribbon on Sullivan Street in SoHo whenever he’s back in his hometown.
“I’ve been eating here since the early ’90s, mostly late at night after a show,” says Ian. It helps that the place caters to the rock & roll lifestyle, staying open almost until dawn. “There’s no other place in the world where you can get the best fried chicken and a pint of Kölsch at 3 a.m,” Ian says, adding that he also likes all the seafood on the menu, such as shrimp, oysters, and lobster. He’s especially partial to the fried chicken, though, which brothers Bruce and Eric Bromberg have been cooking up since opening their bustling New York flagship in 1992. They’ve since opened a series of Japanese-themed joints (they’ve also hung shingles on a bakery, at the Brooklyn Bowl and in Vegas), but their first love remains their crunchy fried chicken. It’s prepared with a not-so-secret matzo meal crust (the recipe’s in their cookbook) and served with honey wasabi sauce.
“They’ve been serving only the best consistently for over 20 years, and that’s the biggest compliment to any restaurant – consistency,” says Ian. And he loves the place itself: “It’s always crowded, but you never feel crowded.” [blueribbonrestaurants.com]