By Claire Stern
Jul 23, 2015 @ 4:30 pm
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Ever since David Chang opened the now world-renowned Asian ramen bar Momofuku in 2004, no move by the Korean chef has gone overlooked. And his latest hyped-about opening revolves around a topic he's well-acquainted with: fried chicken. (For those who don't know, Momofuku is widely lauded for their Fried Chicken Dinner, a large 4-8 person meal that includes two whole fried chickens—one Southern style and one Korean style—along with an assortment of sides.)

Fuku, a standing-only outpost down the street from the original Momofuku Noodle Bar in N.Y.C.'s East Village neighborhood, serves up a three-item menu, with the spicy chicken sandwich (pictured above) as the main event. And oh, what a sandwich it is. Equal parts juicy and crunchy, with the appropriate amount of spice, the perfectly cooked thigh leaves you unbothered by the fact that the chicken-to-bun ratio skews largely in favor of the former. We recommend piling on the Momofuku Ssäm Sauce ($8; for added flavor.

Below, our cheat sheet to the new eatery. 

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What to Eat

With only three options on the menu (spicy chicken sandwich, Fuku Salad, and French fries), your choices are simple. First-timers should indulge in all of the above—and effectively remain satiated for the rest of the dayor the $12 lunch combo, which includes one sandwich, a side of fries, and a non-alcoholic drink. If you're going halfsies with a friend, try sampling the off-the-menu daikon sandwich—it's the same as the regular chicken sandwich, but topped with a generous portion of pickled daikon radish that brings a welcome tartness to the experience. 

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What to Drink

Wash down the spicy flavor with a beverage off Fuku's extensive cocktail menu, ranging from margaritas to the popular canned micheladas. Hey, it's 5 o'clock somewhere, right?

When to Go

Fuku is open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Plan to get there right before opening to avoid waiting in a block-long line.

Fuku, 163 First Avenue, New York, NY, 10003. No phone available.

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