Usually, when Jodi has dinner plans, I take this opportunity to try chicken places as, often, they do not have many options for vegetarians. So, last Thursday, as she was having dinner with her cousin Jessica at The Little Beet, I went to Crispy Chicken Kitchen with my friend David. In fact I was looking for a place called Unidentified Flying Chicken, a play on UFO, and later learned that they recently changed their name to Korean Crispy Chicken. Serving Korean fried chicken (double fried, yum!), it is an interesting place for sure, not that big, with the more striking element in the dining room being the self serve beer on tap. The way it works? A TV screen displays the 16 different beers they propose with their origin. Once you chose the beer you want, you press the name on the beer you want on the little screen that is above the tap, put the RFID card they gave you, choose a glass, incline it to 45 degrees and pour as much as you want as they will calculate the price based on how many ounces you get. Fun as you can create your own flight, but not so easy to pour without having too much beer head. Fortunately, they helped us, but it made me realize that I probably should not quit my job to be a bartender...I decided to go for a Korean beer, the Hitejinro Hite, the other beers being American.
We started otherwise our dinner with a fried chicken combo composed of 6 wings and 3 drumsticks aka the medium combo (you can get a smaller combo with 4 wings and 2 drumsticks up to the XL that is 16 and 8). We then had to pick one or two sauces that would smother the chicken: we ditched the hot sauce and went for the soy and garlic, as well as the sweet and spicy that was not really medium spicy as advertised. The double fried chicken was delicious: very crunchy on the outside and perfectly cooked inside, the chicken being moist. Both sauces were good but my favorite was the soy and garlic.
Next was the Crispy Chicken burger, made with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and aioli. The rustic presentation made it very appetizing and I have to admit that it is one of the best I had: when you bite, you get the slight sweetness of the soft bun, then the veggies and sauce until you feel the crunchy chicken that was succulent. Yes, it was very crispy and not soggy and there was a nice portion of chicken. I definitely recommend it.
We had a good time and great food at Crispy Chicken Kitchen. The fried chicken is very good and the chicken burger fantastic. If i had to compare it to others, i put on top Turntable Chicken Jazz or Hell’s Chicken, a gluten free Korean fried chicken restaurant and, for the crispy chicken burger, OPPA. But definitely I would go back to Crispy Chicken Kitchen and recommend it!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Crispy Chicken Kitchen- 528 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018