Gabriel Charles - Gabriel, Charles

Biography

Charles Gabriel got his start in the NYC food service industry 57 years ago when he went to work for Copeland’s (the fancy restaurant) and Reliable Catering (the Sweetie Pie’s style cafeteria eatery) that was on 145th Street in between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway owned by the late Mr. Calvin Copeland. Charles worked in various roles for Mr. Copeland over a 22-year period before he decided to start his own business.

Cooking classic soul food dishes, he learned as a child back in Charlotte, North Carolina using his mother’s recipes, Charles started his first food... READ MORE

Charles Gabriel got his start in the NYC food service industry 57 years ago when he went to work for Copeland’s (the fancy restaurant) and Reliable Catering (the Sweetie Pie’s style cafeteria eatery) that was on 145th Street in between Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway owned by the late Mr. Calvin Copeland. Charles worked in various roles for Mr. Copeland over a 22-year period before he decided to start his own business.

Cooking classic soul food dishes, he learned as a child back in Charlotte, North Carolina using his mother’s recipes, Charles started his first food service business 35 years ago on a food truck long before it was chic. He saved up the funds to open his first brick and mortar store called Charles Country Pan Fried Chicken on 151st Street and Frederick Douglass Blvd. Over the years he expanded to three locations on the block.

In 2016 he decided to move to a new location in Central Harlem and with the new location came a revised business name as well. Charles Pan Fried Chicken has 19 seats for customers to eat in and is located at 2461 Frederick Douglass Blvd at 132nd Street; you can order take out and we cater as well. The store is open seven days a week for brunch 10 am to 2 pm and dinner is served until 10:30 pm on weekdays and until 11 pm on the weekends.

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What is your favorite NYC restaurant? And what is your go-to dish? Red RoosterWhat is your ultimate meal? Seafood like Sammie's in City IslandWhat three things are always in your pantry? Salt, pepper and onionsIf you weren't a chef, what would you be? I always wanted wanted to cookIf you could cook with anyone, who would that be? My late mother Noraval GabrielWhat’s your favorite NYCWFF memory? My first time at the festival and I'm looking to make it memorable for everyone that taste my dishes.