7 New-Wave, Next-Level Fried-Chicken Sandwiches

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El Cortez’s Chicken Buddies sandwich. Photo: Bobby Doherty

Sky-high beef prices and the enduring sandwich craze have laid the groundwork for a new between-the-bread obsession: the fried-chicken sandwich. No longer the sole province of fast-food chains and southern-inflected Williamsburg diners, it has become a business plan for industry titans like David Chang and Danny Meyer, who just the other day — too late for pre-deadline sampling — unveiled Shake Shack’s own ChickenShack sandwich at three Brooklyn locations. Ahead, the new breed of birds on buns.

*This article appears in the July 13, 2015 issue of New York Magazine.

Next-Level Fried-Chicken Sandwiches