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

It's here just in time to compete with New York City’s first-ever location of Chick-fil-A
Fuku, the Fried Chicken Sandwich Spot From David Chang, Is Now Open
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If all goes well, Fuku will become its own fast-food concept of sorts. 

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.

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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.

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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.