A couple of weeks ago, Piece of Chicken (one of midtown’s esteemed $1 grub joints) raised the price of its breast by $1 (it’s now $2) and the price of its livers and its two-piece wings by 50 cents, to $1.50. Owner Alberta Wright tells us it’s because she’s been undercharging (for the breast meat, especially) since she opened. “I’ve not been charging the right prices. I need to make more money on that breast,” she says. According to Wright, customers were wary of the change at first, but they’ve now gone back to ordering breast meat. Wright gets her chickens for between 83 cents and 93 cents per pound, and pays between $2,000 and $3,000 per month in rent. She says her numbers are okay now, and she expects them to pick up. “A lot of my customers are away for summer. They’re not just people who can’t afford to buy food at normal prices. All kinds of people come to my window — rich people, millionaires, movie stars … ” Besides, folks were unhappy even when pieces of chicken were $1 plus tax. “I get a lot of people who are upset about paying tax — they accuse me of not paying my tax, but I can bring the receipts from the bank. You have that kind of problem when you’re dealing with people at a window or at a takeout as opposed to a restaurant.”
Most Viewed Stories
What Went Wrong at Bark Hot Dogs?
The Ridiculous Rise of Viral Food and the Great Line Apocalypse
Mission Chinese Food’s Lunar New Year Party Featured a Small Army of Chefs
The Best NYC Restaurants for Groups
11 Last-Minute Valentine’s Gifts for NYC Food-Lovers
Latest News from Grub Street11 Last-Minute Valentine’s Gifts for NYC Food-Lovers
Halva worth splurging on, American charcuterie, wine to celebrate with, and more inspired options.So Burger King Is Going to Sell Chili Dogs Now
Seems a little incongruous.Misguided Maker of Skittles and M&Ms Swears Off Artificial Dye
What would Willy Wonka think?There’s a Subway Sandwich Shop Every 5 Frickin’ Blocks in Manhattan
That's probably too many.What Went Wrong at Bark Hot Dogs?
The popular Park Slope spot surprised everyone when it closed this month. Owner Joshua Sharkey explains what happened and why he made the decision.The Dumpling Emoji Is Under Official Consideration
Potatoes, avocados, pancakes, and even whiskey are in there, too.Watch April Bloomfield Charm America With Her Burger-Making Mastery
"This is like beef-on-beef."Mission Chinese Food’s Lunar New Year Party Featured a Small Army of Chefs
Chad Robertson and Jessica Koslow, among others, collaborated for the potluck dinner.Semilla to Serve Pop-up Pizza One Night Only
There will also be rare Spanish natural wines.New Report Accuses Restaurants of Passing Off Cheaper Fish As Lobster
A report found that 35 percent of dishes include inferior seafood.
In Florida, of course.Freud, From the Edi & the Wolf Team, Serves Up Austrian Mountain Cheese, Pork Neck, and Spaetzle
It opens tonight in Greenwich Village.The Ridiculous Rise of Viral Food and the Great Line Apocalypse
"These days, you can’t walk five blocks in Manhattan without stumbling onto a rabble of poor deluded souls, desperate to try some new foodstuff they read about ... "Beyoncé Is So Powerful She Can Single-Handedly Lift Red Lobster’s Sales
One lyric leads an entire nation to crave popcorn shrimp and cheddar biscuits.Hallelujah: Carnegie Deli Is Open Again
Don't call it a comeback.The Best NYC Restaurants for Groups
Whether you want a large-format feast or a cheap-eats spot big enough for a crowd, here’s where to go when you've got a crowd.Dunkin’ Donuts Accused of Overcharging New Yorkers ‘70 Percent of the Time’
Shops around town have allegedly made $10 million by taxing nontaxable food.A Japanese Chef Created Chocolate Ramen for Valentine’s Day
It's sure to make for a bittersweet dinner date.Here’s How Something Called Death Wish Coffee Got Its Own Super Bowl Ad
Caffeinated fans helped it win a public vote.Uber’s Food-Delivery App Will Price-Gouge Restaurants
It'll take a 30 percent cut of the bill.