Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 07/29/2015
Photo: Gabriele Stabile
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163 First Ave., no phone, East Village, Manhattan
What used to be the high-end Momofuku Ko is now a magnet for the masses. When David Chang's Fuku opens at 11am (Wednesday–Sunday), people are already lined up for his spicy chicken sandwich. Juicy thighs soaked in buttermilk and hot chilies are encased in a crunchy, nubbly golden crust, layered with pickles and served on a buttered potato roll. Spice fiends take note: it's not that spicy. Squeeze bottles of tangy Ssäm Sauce, a chili-laden condiment, bolster the heat. It's a fast, straightforward operation, with ordering done at the host stand followed by a swipe of a credit card (no cash accepted). Supplement the sandwich with french fry planks and salad. Drinks include beers, shots and simple cocktails. The small, standing-room-only shop is lined with counters to rest your metal tray; the sound system pumps out loud rock 'n' roll, typical of Momofuku Noodle Bar on the same block. Friday and Saturday night hours (6–11pm) have been added, and the menu will be further fleshed out down the road.