City Guide: New York

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By Ryan Harrington


The mastermind of the Momofuku empire, chef David Chang goes fast-casual at his must-go fried chicken sandwich joint.

David Chang, mastermind of the Momofuku empire, is now doing for chicken sandwiches what he did for noodles back in 2004. With only a half-dozen seats along the counter, a few standing tables, and just a handful of items on the menu—Fuku is very much Chang’s homage to the takeout, fast-food style. True to form, each sandwich is served in a paper-foil pouch, irreverently, but aptly, stamped with the engrish phrase “DERICIOUS.” Slushie machines churn out 163 Iced Teas, his take on the Long Island, topped with Dr. Pepper.

While each sandwich’s crunchy crust is pleasantly accented with Scotch bonnets, for real hotheads, make sure to reach for the Fuku Ssam sauce, for that extra kick. Whole bottles are available to take home, to accompany everything from pizza to roasted vegetables. Or more fried chicken.

Must try:
Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich
Modern Fast-Food / Pioneering Chef
Reservations: N/A
Hours: Sun –Wed, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Thu-Sat, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Location: East Village
Address: 163 1st Avenue at 10th Street
Phone: N/A
  • Subway / 6 to Astor Place
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