One of the best things about working in New York City is always being in relatively close proximity to a famed restaurant. Luckily, my office is right down the street from one of the city’s most popular fried chicken joints, Hill Country Chicken—an offshoot of the nearby barbecue restaurant, Hill Country. Across the street from Madison Square Park, the large space is bathed in pale blue and yellow hues—reminiscent of a southern kitchen. Diners are served cafeteria-style and can pick from a diverse list of options—from the traditional, juicy Texas-style fried chicken (including a skinless version) and buttermilk biscuits, to imaginative fare—like cheesy fried mashed potatoes and fried pimento cheese sandwiches. Those who prefer sweet to savory can get their fix at the restaurant’s pie counter, which includes apple cheddar, banana cream and bourbon pecan. Finish it all off with a Boylan fountain drink.