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Do you feel like chicken tonight?

Antibiotic and hormone-free poultry enthusiasts are well advised to fly on over to Purbird, Park Slope’s newest addition to the consciousness raising, “slow fast food” movement.

The free-roaming chicken hut boasts a concise menu — flame-grilled chicken, chicken thigh wraps, chicken burgers, chicken sausages, and chicken pie — and made-to-order sides, salads and sauces with all-natural and organic ingredients.

“The people in this neighborhood are incredibly discerning about their food,” said owner Christina Lekkas, who, along with husband Peter, also runs the acclaimed Elia restaurant in Bay Ridge.

“It’s something I prepared myself for before we even opened,” she said. “Park Slope people want to know where the ingredients are from, how you’re cooking them, who’s cooking them. Luckily the response has been good — they’ve been pleased with my answers, and the product!”

It’s no wonder, considering Purbird has been almost 10 years in the making.

The ultimate chicken aficionado, Lekkas has long dreamt of opening a restaurant where poultry was more than an overdone, underwhelming afterthought.

“More often than not, when you order chicken, it’s dry, greasy, or a below-average bird to begin with,” said Lekkas. “For me, the idea was to create a menu where every single item is made with perfectly cooked chicken.”

Elia chef, Ivan Martinez, has helped her realize her vision, creating an elaborate brining system for the chickens, mixing white and dark meat to form the perfect burger, and whipping up a frequently changing roster of house-made sauces and condiments, like quince chutney, jalapeno/caper puree, and cherry ketchup.

“The food is simple and accessible, yet interesting and unique at the same time,” said Purbird customer Martin Doyle of St. Johns Place. “Kids and their parents can both really enjoy themselves here.”

In Park Slope, there’s no higher compliment.

Purbird [82 Sixth Ave. at St. Marks Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 857-2473].

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Ed McNenney from Boerum Hill says:
Great chicken that's good for you. Welcome to the neighborhood.
Aug. 16, 2011, 7:18 am
Sayani from Cobble Hill says:
Most amazing and freshest tasting chicken youre ever going to find.Unbelievable sensory infusion of flavor freshness and zing make the 3 salads on the menu so great.If youre looking for a wonderful meal at an affordable price this really is a restaraunt for you.
Sept. 21, 2011, 12:06 am
Jeff R. from Upper East Side says:
Probably the BEST chicken I have ever eaten! Since I am a regular costumer I have had the honor of tasting virtually everything on the menu and there is not one thing that is not awesome. The chicken is juicy and tender with extreme amounts of flavor. The mac and cheese is delicious and all the salads are fresh and flavorful. I would recommend it to anyone that has a taste for chicken or simply just good food!
Sept. 28, 2011, 6:48 pm
Teresa from Brooklyn, Park Sloe says:
I've recently started working in the area and a co-worker brought me there for lunch.. Can't say enough about the food. out of this world, I am such a food snob and was very impressed, Food is great, Place is clean, Great atmosphere and wonderful Staff. I recommended it to a bunch of friends that live in the area and will continue to come even when I am not working in the area.
May 22, 2012, 9:18 am

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