Spicy Chicken Sandwich: $8
163 First Avenue
New York, New York 10003
Dark meat lovers rejoice. David Chang extends his culinary dominance across the East Village with Fuku, a joint dedicated to his spicy fried chicken, in sandwich form.
You don’t come here to get the salad or fries, so basically what they churn out is hundreds of these oversized hammered-out chicken thighs clipped awkwardly between two buns.
But the sandwich tastes anything but awkward. Whatever batter is used to coat these chickens is what he’s ultimately selling here. And the end result brings adjectives like moist, tender and juicy to mind.
He does offer one off-menu item: that same spicy chicken sandwich with a heap of shredded daikon for an extra buck. The marinated daikon is a little sweet, a little sour, which isn’t every person’s cup of tea. But it’s fresh, and you’ll be reminded of the classic Bon Chon Korean fried chicken that is always served with a side of cubed daikon.
A combo that comes with thick-cut fries and a non-alcoholic beverage totals $12.
Our trip to this small 2nd Avenue location happened at 11:30 am on a Sunday, which involved no wait and plenty of room at their standing tables. But a crowd started forming a little after noon — a heads up for those of you who aren’t into waiting.
It’s hard to go wrong with dark meat and it could at times feel weird to be paying $8 for what is essentially a slice of chicken. But this really shouldn’t require much thinking: go to Fuku if you feel like a chicken sandwich, don’t if you feel like something else.