Hi, hello, how are you? Long time no see.
In other words, sorry for the long hiatus, folks. It’s been quite the past month, but I won’t bother you with the details. Let’s get straight to the good stuff? And what better place to kick things off with than one of the most-talked-about openings of the year!
From David Chang, the man–the wonder–behind the world of Momofuku, comes a chicken sandwich joint called Fuku. Chang has said that Fuku is his attempt at honoring those great fried chicken and fast food places. It’s a small restaurant in the East Village with standing-room only, which seems to fit just fine with the food and vibe.
When I first starting reading all the buzz about Fuku (and boy, was there a lot before it opened) and saw what the sandwiches looked like, the first thing I thought of was Chick-fil-A. They have very similar looking sandwiches, and they both operate around the simple idea of a buttered bun + a slab of fried chicken + some pickles. That’s it!
Of course, there are some unique touches like how the chicken is marinated in habanero puree first, how the potato rolls are steamed, and how the butter has a touch of some fermented chickpea from Chang’s lab (seriously, you can’t make this stuff up). Plus, the chicken has the distinct look of being…well…not mass-produced. Looking at the sandwiches of those around me, I could see that everyone had a special, unique piece. And they’re massive…enormous…huge! Check out that bun to chicken ratio, y’all.
When you’re eating, don’t forget to try the ssäm sauce they have in bottles on the counters. It’s a gochujang (fermented chile paste) sauce, and while it’s appeared throughout Momofuku restaurants since 2004, its just recently become available for public purchase.
The chicken sandwiches are $8, you can add fries for $3, or you can get a combo with all of that plus a drink for $12. And that’s pretty much all there is on the menu in addition to a salad option and some alcohol. That kind of price and that size of sandwich means you’re in for a good deal.
Spicy chicken sandwich, French fries
163 1st Ave
New York, NY 10003