He’s my favorite drummer, DJ and also my favorite member of The Roots. I’ve even hung out at his house for his annual Super Bowl get together, so when I heard about Questlove’s new pop up restaurant, I was pretty excited because he’s an amazing cook.

On May 18, Questlove and restaurateur Stephen Starr will debut their chicken and dumplings stand in New York City’s Chelsea Market, called Hybird. Hybird’s menu boasts fried chicken, cupcakes and a beverage called Loveslush.

Yay, right? Everyone loves fried chicken, cupcakes and slushies?

But then I took a look at the prices:

123 Hybird Menu Final 10MAY by Eater NY

$41 for a bucket of chicken? In the words of several of my friends, “Where they do that at?”

I know math, so I understood if 1 piece is $4 and a bucket has 12 pieces,  $41 is actually a discount.  But who are these people willing to pay $41 for chicken? So maybe everyone isn’t going to run out and buy buckets, and will end up buying single pieces for $4, but still, I can get a whole chicken from Safeway for $2 extra dollars.

Since we both follow each other on Twitter, I figured I’d ask him myself:


Well he told me.

Clutchettes & Dudes, would you pay $41 for a bucket of fried chicken?

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  • Lynne

    Ok, I can’t front.

    I make the best “fried” chicken. I use Jiffy Cornmeal Mix (dry) and egg.

    I OVEN-fry it in olive oil because, you know, I’ve got a college degree.

  • tina

    Blue Ivy better be the waitress serving the chicken & everybody at the table gets a picture with her for that kind of money.

    As for me, I’ll stick with Popeye’s 2 piece white, a side and a biscuit for $4, not to mention the Costco/Sam’s Club cooked bird for $5.

  • Marisa

    I stopped reading the menu after a single piece drumstick is 4 bucks, Quest you lost me after that. We all know who this clientele is and its not the people who pay way less than that on the regular for some good eatin. Everybody wants to have some overpriced 5 star restaurant that caters to only Hedge Fund capitalist, and other rich folk, who can say they just loves some fried chicken, without any longer having to admit they go to Popeyes, KFC, and whatever Mom and Pop soul food joint. My mother and I got a bag of wings from BJ’s and fried up for my cousin’s graduation from college with a Master’s degree party. Quest chicken don’t have sh*t on ours or many others made from the soul, yall know a paper bag for the flour, the various grease burns, now that’s good cookin and eatin lol.

  • Mina

    Um they do that up at KFC too. Except you get more pieces like 20-30 pieces of chicken for that price smh. Idk what the obsession is with overpriced, hormone plumped fried chicken anyway.

  • talaktochoba

    seems the chickens ain’t the only things being plucked;

    ANY mom and pop next to a gas station below the Virginia (FINE black women, breathtaking country cuties, but lousy food) border will serve chicken that would defeat easily anything Questlove or KFC could produce;