Harlem seems to always have a new fried chicken option being served up so we decided to check out what Blujeen on FDB by 116th Street had to offer. With that said, the $17 half a cornish hen on the menu which arrived perfectly crispy was the perfect choice with a side of egg potato salad and collards. Fry technique can often be a hard thing to master but the kitchen at this contemporary southern eatery does a really great job. There was also notably a natural juiciness to the meat which had just enough flavor and the crust had pleasant notes of rosemary to it. Side dishes were solid with a spicy collard serving but the potato salad was probably the least interesting offering for the entree.
We would definitely come back to try more of the menu which included barbecue ribs and a happy hour at the bar with free chicken wings. Brunch on the weekends also looks to be a promising alternative destination to the dining scene below 125th Street. www.blujeennyc.com