Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 09/02/2014
Photo: Young Jin
Unidentified Flying Chickens
60 Third Ave., 212-254-0888, East Village, Manhattan
Unidentified Flying Chickens (UFC) swept into the East Village space that used to be Apiary (and very briefly Après) and looks like it's found a permanent roost. Who doesn't love super-crunchy Korean fried chicken and craft beer on tap? The sturdy wooden tables are ideal for big groups, and if there are vegetarians among you, supplement your order with pickled Korean radish, sweet potato fries and Mexican-style grilled corn on the cob blanketed with cotija cheese and mayo. Partners Jenny Moon and Sam Kim joined up with UFC's founder, Young Jin, whose first branch opened in Jackson Heights, Queens, in 2007. Not only does Jin know how to make amazing fried chicken soaked in soy garlic sauce, he crafted the long bar, counters, ceiling and tables out of reclaimed wood. While it's far more than a sports bar, the flat screens make it a good hangout for watching games.