[Photograph: Jessie Pascoe]

Since spring, Sticky's Finger Joint has been serving a creative menu centered around chicken that is "antibiotic-free, hormone-free, cruelty-free, [and] free range." The fingers are available in three- and five-piece options, with flavors ranging from classic to wasabi to salted caramel, as well as a garlicky grilled option called the Naked Vampire Killer.

We put their classic fried fingers with their house BBQ sauce ($11.98, taxes included) to the test. These are some juicy chunks of bird, intensely seasoned with a crunchy crust. The sauce, an Alabama-style white mayo dip flavored with hickory, mesquite, maple syrup, and cayenne add tang and richness, perhaps the reason that an order of five felt so filling. If you're ordering a side, just three pieces will do.

While you can find some seating—low benches and high stands—Sticky's is a little lacking in ambiance. Take your order to go—ours came in under five minutes—and walk to nearby Washington Square Park for an instant picnic.

Sticky's Finger Joint

31 West 8th Street, New York, NY 10011 (map)


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