How Free Are Chickadee Chick’s Free-range Chickens?


A Grub Street commenter objected to the term handspun on Chickadee Chicks menu, but it wasnt the milkshakes we were curious about it was the free-range chickens. If the place was going to plaster the term all over its signage and menus, the owner could probably tell us a little bit about his sourcing, right? Not exactly. When we finally reached Eddie Low (also an owner in Williamsburgs Tacu Tacu and Wasabi), he couldnt tell us whether the chickens are entirely free-range or whether theyre just the sort that get let off the leash every now and then, for show. He said his supplier gets the chickens from a live poultry market in Sunset Park (hes not sure which) that offers a choice between caged or cage-free chickens (this poses problems, says Low, since the chickens he gets arent uniformly sized). We called four or five poultry markets in the Sunset Park area and none of them sold free-range chickens, but a Times article indicates such markets do exist. (Anyone know which one it might be?) And thats about as much as we can tell you about the free-range chickens at Chickadee Chick. In case youre curious, early reviews from Park Slopers describe the chicken as stringy, I've had better chickens from super markets; maybe a little tough; and just ok.