Fuku, the Fried Chicken Sandwich Spot From David Chang, Is Now Open
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.