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Charles Pan Fried Chicken

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2461 Frederick Douglass Blvd, 132nd Street, New York City, NY 10027-7766
+1 212-281-1800
09:00 - 23:00
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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
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921 reviews
656 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

There are two review sites for this restaurant, this and Charles Southern Style and I wanted to let TripAdvisor know that he will be moving to 137th Street this week, so there will be a new location.

Thank Justin W
Bristol, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 August 2016

I walked 20 blocks just to get to Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken, it was worth it. The chicken is crispy, but very very flavorful and juicy inside. The sides are also very nice, the okra was recommended to me, and it was good. Had to walk on the way back just to work out the amount of food I... More 

Thank Anne G
New York City, New York
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62 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2016

This places is a hole-in-the-wall heaven. the food is fantastic, the atmosphere interesting and a pure taste of Harlem. But the Chicken is incredible. Ranked in the top 50 chicken places in the country, Charles makes a mean bird. With tenderness and flavor unparalleled elsewhere in Harlem for such an affordable price.

Thank Michael Y
Lewiston, Maine
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81 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 May 2016

Charles Pan Fried Chicken !!!! Charles Gabriel uses, as his store front's name implies, a pan to create his delicious fried chicken. No deep fryers. He sits in the restaurant conversing with his patrons as they looking over the tasty wares and decide what to get. I was having trouble deciding so he starting recommending me combo platters. Really cool... More 

Thank Vahid R
Santa Barbara, California
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71 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

We went up as a family and we really wanted to love this place but........ Little hole in the wall above 151st street, 4-5 tables, great atmosphere. Mabel this is great pan fried chicken but not when it's been sitting in a warming bin for who knows how long. Our chicken was lukewarm, dry and tasteless. The dark meat had... More 

1 Thank gotojanstein
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2015 via mobile

5 star chicken. Moist on the inside and crispy on the outside. Seasoned to perfection! I was disappointed when I finished. And the portions were more than adequate! I will be returning!

Thank CTnee
New York City, New York
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

You have never seen a cast iron pan (or pots) this size! The flavor is really great. Turn over is so fast, chicken is always hot Side dishes are really finger lickin' good too!

Thank abiola7
Westminster, Vermont
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127 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2015

Park out front. It's take out. Charles has to be one of the hardest working guys I ever met. They always have fresh chicken available. He had made a special cast iron frying pan that is huge! So next time your in town, grab a bag of chicken from Charles, with some fixin's mac & cheese. It'll all be eaten... More 

Thank JacksBack05101
Detroit, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 August 2015

The food was great. The restaurant itself wasn't quite what I expected. It is a little hole in the wall with a few tables and chairs so don't expect more. However, it is clean, the staff are personable, and I thoroughly enjoyed the people watching. So, if you don't need all of the bells and whistles don't hesitate to sit... More 

Thank star1vacations
Penne, Italy
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2015

My girlfriend's and I were staying in Times square for the night and as I'd already expressed my desire for soul food, one friend suggested uncle Charlie's pan fried chicken. Let's just say that I put myself in a food coma that night. The size of Uncle Charlie's cast iron pan for frying chicken was the size of a tire... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
09:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2461 Frederick Douglass Blvd, 132nd Street, New York City, NY 10027-7766
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Harlem
  • Neighbourhood: Harlem
  • Phone Number: +1 212-281-1800

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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As a hub of African American culture, Harlem has played a vital role in the history of New York City. Today, the neighbourhood is as vibrant as ever as new businesses and developments go up next to local institutions. The heart of the neighbourhood is bustling 125th Street, where street vendors and historic landmarks like the Apollo Theater mingle with big-name stores. Turn down almost any corner, and you’ll discover some of the most beautiful blocks in the city, filled with handsome brownstones, soul food restaurants, corner shops, and scenic parks. For a taste of a real New York neighbourhood, it’s hard to top a visit to Harlem.
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