Cast Your Judgements on Kyochon Now That It’s Open For Lunch (That’s Right… You Read That Correctly)
Here at Midtown Lunch, we’re pretty into Korean fried chicken whether it’s here in Midtown or in Downtown or even in Los Angeles (where Zach seemed to really like a branch of Kyochon that had been open longer than a few hours.) These places are delicate operations of fried goodness. We already know that many of these Korean fried chicken places sometimes have issues of serving food in a timely manner. So it’s probably not a great idea to judge a place when they’re not firing on all cylinders. It’s not fair to the place, and most of all, it’s not as useful for the readers of Midtown Lunch. I’m going to show you why…
Last week I walked by when they were handing out samples at Kyochon. Wonderful right? I was really excited because hey, free chicken is good chicken. Just look at that thing. It’s fried well with tiny crevices ready to soak up the sweet or spicy sauce. Sure there’s not much meat on this thing, but it’s still fried chicken (How bad can it be?!) Even though most of the time I like anything fried, it’s also good to be mindful of the fact that when there are free giveaways, it often doesn’t reflect what the real thing will be like. Compare what happens when ice cream places do free cone days… it’s never a cone bursting at the seams and dripping down the sides. It’s usually just a dainty little thing.
And when you look at this chicken from afar… you see what I mean. Notice it’s the same size as my thumb. Now logic tells me that it’s very unlikely that any successful franchise will succeed based on a business that sells chicken smaller than fingers. Like seriously. Can we all just hold on to our horses and wait until Kyochon is running on all cylinders before giving it to them?
Kyochon wasn’t even open for lunch until TODAY, so maybe we can all just be a little patient here. Clocks were adjusted for daylight savings, maybe people can make use of the extra light at the end of the work day, instead of lining up for a soft opening and then getting their underwear all in a bunch. It’s fried chicken people, it’ll be good. Just relax.
Kyochon. 319 5th Ave (btwn 32nd and 33rd). 212-696-0150.