On Wednesday, June 10, Momofuku founder David Chang opened Fuku, the fried chicken sandwich place he hopes to turn into some version of a fast food concept.
The restaurant takes over the original location of Momofuku Noodle Bar in the East Village, and comes just in time to compete with New York City’s first-ever Chick-fil-A, news of which has created some mixed emotions.
Fuku has a liquor license, which Chick-fil-A definitely does not.
The $8 sandwich is spicy, and right now there’s only one, so no, you cannot order a mild version. The star of the menu is made with chicken thighs that have been marinated into a habanero purée, dipped in buttermilk, and coated in a spice blend before being deep-fried.
It’s topped with butter and pickles, and served on a Martin’s potato roll.
Other sandwiches are indeed in the works, including a version of chicken cordon bleu that will include Benton’s ham and Swiss cheese. Fries and a seasonal salad are on the way, although Chang doesn’t anticipate heavy sales of the latter. Eyes on the prize, people.