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Gail Greene Loves Hill Country Chicken!

Saturday October 2, 2010

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For me, Hill Country’s fry has a distinct advantage … the plump, moist, buttermilk-brined birds from Bell & Evans can hold their own in fast company. Mama El’s skinless chicken parts, with a secret spicy coating, are luscious, though … I prefer the Texas classic: densely, deliciously crumbed, skin and all. Maybe it’s not the paragon of greasy richness … but the bird itself is wondrously moist.

The sides … are marvelous. The secret of the fried mashed potatoes is pimento cheese. The creamy slaw is just creamy enough, not over-mayoed. And the “blistered” corn salad, though not visibly blistered, is sweet and fresh, flecked with tomato and scallion.

New York — Kew Management Corporation welcomes Hill Country Chicken to a corner retail space at 1123 Broadway. Hill Country Chicken is a classic, comfort food restaurant featuring fried chicken and homemade pies. Occupying 2,700 square feet of the landmark Townsend Building across from Madison Square Park at 1123 Broadway (West 25th Street). The new restaurant will further stoke the appetites of hungry New Yorkers, who have been feasting for more than two years at nearby Hill Country Barbecue Market at 30 West 26th Street.

“We’re delighted to welcome Hill Country Chicken, Marc Glosserman’s latest inventive contribution to the down-home dining scene,” said Leslie Spira Lopez, CEO of Kew Management and board member of the Madison Square Park Conservancy. “Marc was a visionary to recognize that the Townsend Building not only faces the park and is now part of the Broadway Pedestrian Mall but stands at the entryway to Nomad, a bustling neighborhood, thanks to the revival of the area around Madison Square Park since its 2001 restoration.”

“The influx of new residential and commercial projects in the area has Nomad poised to become New York’s next hot spot,” added Glosserman. “We are excited to be opening Hill Country Chicken at the corner of 25th and Broadway in the heart of this burgeoning neighborhood.”

Manhattan’s Nomad District — once a gathering place for Gilded Age elite and a late- nineteenth century mecca for shoppers, tourists and diners — comprises the area north of Manhattan’s Madison Square Park. Nomad is increasingly home to trendy restaurants, spas, clubs, hotels, and renovated apartment and office buildings. The area’s historic architecture complements the carefully restored Madison Square Park, which provides both a verdant oasis and a lively schedule of events for residents, workers, tourists and urban “Nomads.”

In just the past few months, Nomad has seen the arrivals of SD26, the Ace Hotel and Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse, and the relocation from midtown of Grey Advertising’s headquarters. Eataly, a 32,000-square-foot Italian eating experience, including markets, restaurants, cafes, and gelato shops also opened recently and the NoMad Hotel is due to open in the Winter.

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