Chirping Chicken is a little fast-food restaurant on the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and West 76th Street. They offer eat in, take-away and delivery and they're quite popular. After our first visit we were looking forward to going back one evening, but we were eating before an event and were sadly disappointed that there were no tables available for us as we needed to dine straight away.
The food is a cut above what you'd usually expect at a place like this. I'm not saying it's amazing but it's certainly better than what you might expect when you see the place. On the occasions we've eaten there I've had the grilled veggies both times. Once as a large order with grilled chicken too, and once just on their own.
They are very tasty although it seems like they don't want you to know this as both times we've been told that they'll take a bit longer than the other dish and the first time we were even asked whether we still wanted them as they'd be about ten minutes.
My dining partner-in-crime ordered ribs on the first visit, and wings with fries on the second, and he hasn't been disappointed on either occasion. When I had the chicken with my veggies it was succulent and tasted very natural and much healthier than most fast-food chicken places.
There are usually quite a few families eating in and the hustle and bustle of the delivery people coming and going on their bikes gives the place a lively feel. The yellow on the wall gives it a cheerful atmosphere too.
It isn't the classiest place to dine in, but it isn't the trashiest either. It doesn't feel like it's trying to be anything that it isn't but it's also kept pretty clean and the turn-over of tables is pretty quick. People aren't there to enjoy the ambiance, they're there for a quick bite to eat. If you're looking for a place to make a night of it I wouldn't recommend Chirping Chicken to you.
On our second visit once my partner was finished with his wings I took a picture of the mound of bones which reminded me of a derelict graveyard or the badlands where the hyaenas live in The Lion King.
Overall I've been satisfied on both visits to Chirping Chicken leaving feeling full and satisfied, and haven't felt as if I've eaten something really bad for me. It's proven itself a good option for a cheap meal that doesn't taste too cheap. It's certainly nothing fancy but you could do much worse.