When Gotham West Market opened two weeks ago in Hell's Kitchen, Genuine Roadside was one of the initial vendors, alongside heavy hitters like Court Street Grocers, Blue Bottle Coffee and Ivan Ramen. And if their Buttermilk Battered Chicken Sandwich ($9.65) is any indication, Genuine Roadside has a promising future.
For what it loses in size (the sandwich is served on a fairly small fast food burger bun), it makes up for in flavor. The chicken itself is thick, juicy, crispy, and very flavorful, the celeriac and apple slaw adds a nice additional crunch, and the sambal mayo—while only added lightly—adds a mild kick that supplements the chicken nicely. We also tried the Southern Special Pulled Pork Sandwich ($9.19) for good measure, but while it was pleasantly sweet, it fell a little flat. Stick to the fried chicken.
Gotham West is worth checking out if you're ever in Hell's Kitchen looking for good quick food, and this Buttermilk Chicken sandwich is certainly a worthy option. At almost $10, it's definitely overpriced (most of the market is pricey), but if you're looking for something juicy and crunchy and fried to satisfy your hunger quickly, look no further.
About the author: Ben Jay is an editorial intern at Serious Eats, photographer, carnivore, beer and whisky drinker, and music nerd. This article only further proves that white meat chicken is only good when deep masalafried. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.