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Late-Night Fried Chicken

Sometimes, when you’re hungry late at night, pizza just won’t do. It’s too late for Chinese and that wing joint closed hours ago. What’s left?

In Hartford, there’s late-night gasstation fried chicken.

Yes, it sounds a little weird, and some may be put off at the idea of getting a drumstick, Lucky Strikes and $20 of unleaded at the same place. But it’s 2 a.m., and options are limited.

Chicken City is one of the easiest to find, right at the corner of Capitol and Sisson Avenues in Hartford. Chicken City has some seating along the windows, and a full menu of gyros, burgers, fried fish and even ice cream. It’s perfect for a third shift fillet fill-up, as the restaurant is open until 2 a.m. weekdays and 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

NY Chicken and Biscuit is a mile away as the bird flies, near Farmington Avenue and Sigourney Street. The menu and prices are similar to Chicken City’s, with a filling three-piece chicken box costing less than $5 and a spicy chicken sandwich $3.75. This one isn’t actually near a gas station, but it has a few tables for seating and doors are open until midnight during the week and 4 a.m. on weekends.

For the true night owl, some 24-hour gas stations in the South End can feed the need. The gas station at New Britain Avenue and Broad Street, right near the Trinity College campus, sells its winged wares all night long.

The Sunoco station at Wethersfield Avenue and Airport Road is another all night place to get a crispy treat. Just don’t forget a scratch-off ticket and a Gatorade along with those wings. —Nick Caito