Dining

Recently Opened Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 06/19/2013

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  • Hybird
    75 Ninth Ave., 212-989-3332, Chelsea, Manhattan
    Is there anything Questlove can't do? The Roots drummer and Jimmy Fallon sidekick is also a DJ, record producer, sneaker designer and now a fried chicken and dumpling purveyor. Hybird, his new fast food eatery in the Chelsea Market, has a mod design and a standing-room-only counter in back for immediate consumption (which we recommend in order to experience the fried items' maximum crunchiness). Chubby drumsticks are thickly battered and go well with honey-buttered biscuits and an ice-cold "loveslush," in watermelon-jalapeño or honey-ginger lemonade. Golden fried dumplings are as small and delicate as hummingbirds, variously filled with curried chicken, creamy crab or truffled egg. Stephen Starr (Morimoto, Buddakan) is a partner on the project, which began as a catering novelty and drew publicity from a fried chicken showdown Questlove staged against Momofuku's David Chang. (He lost, but nothing can stop the rise of Questlove.)

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