I finally got to try David Chang’s Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich at Fuku in the East Village.
The line and wait wasn’t that bad around 7pm on a Friday. The line initially looks bad leading out the door, but it’s actually short. The person taking the order is only a few feet from the door. And they are quick. The menu is small (Spicy Chicken Sandwich $8, fries $3, a daily salad, a daily Milk Bar dessert and drinks –one beer choice, Tecate $5). Also they only take credit cards, so it’s quick. Also no gratuity option when you sign.
I got my Chicken Sandwich with pickled daikon ($1 extra). I thought that made it taste better, but possibly made half of my sandwich soggy. Half of it was great, but that soggy half wasn’t so much. The seasoning on the chicken is good.
I didn’t think the Ssam sauce they have in bottles on the counters helped the sandwich. I don’t think it was the right flavor for it. We saw a couple next to us that couldn’t wait to try their sandwich, but they doused it all over with ketchup and the Ssam sauce. They should have tasted it plain first, but I couldn’t say anything in time. They gave a face that didn’t look like they really enjoyed it, but were trying to be polite while inside the restaurant.
It’s a good chicken sandwich. A good deal at $8 for it’s size, particularly for NY prices and coming from such a popular chef. A lot of chicken. They use dark meat, rather than the breast.
I would say it’s more in the vein of Chick-fil-A –Seasoned Fried Chicken with pickles on a bun. Simple assembly. But I’m more of a lettuce and mayo type of chicken sandwich guy though. I’d eat this Fuku Chicken Sandwich again though.
Fuku – 163 1st Ave (between East 11th St & 10th St) New York, NY 10003 East Village