Downtown Lunch: By the Lb. Korean Chicken Wings at Park Lane Deli

Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so to even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (ensuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food.) Today he clues us in to secret Korean chicken wings, from a by the lb. buffet inside a generic deli.

Downtown Lunch: Park Lane Deli

Park Lane Deli is situated at 56 Reade Street and to the curious passerby would appear to be a typical sandwich slinging deli with a hot/cold buffet for the lunch crowd. Go inside, and wait on line for the buffet- and at the end of it you’ll be greeted with large trays filled with some of the best fried chicken in NYC. Fat little drumsticks and wings, heavily coated and perfectly seasoned, the meat is tender and juicy in the middle. Also available are sticky hot and sweet wings, equally irresistible.

Downtown Lunch: Park Lane Deli

I can’t tell if these things look good or gross from the photos but boyo let me tell you this chicken ain’t no joke. I thought Bon Bon around the block had some amazing chicken but I think Park Lane might take the prize. The recipe actually comes from the matriarch of the Korean family who owns the store, but when asked if it was specifically considered “Korean Fried Chicken” there was no definitive answer given. I know what Zach says about taking bone in chicken from a by the lb. buffet- but this is one case where an exception can be made! 

Downtown Lunch: Park Lane Deli

The rest of the buffet is populated with items having more of a “Southern” influence, like their good looking mac-n-cheese, and candied yams made with a bit of pineapple (deliciously sweet). You can also get regular salads, including a nice Mediterranean with feta and grape leaves- but the kicker might just be the price. Most bacteria buffets (which I generally steer clear from) come in around $6 but everything at Park Lane Deli is  a pretty cheap $5.19 per pound.  They also have coffee for 85 cents! I don’t remember the last time seeing coffee for under $1.

I probably don’t have to say this, but skip the sandwiches and salads. The chicken wings is why you’re there. Ask any person on line who looks like a regular and they’ll tell you that’s why they come. And you’ll know this when you look around and see fried chicken wings on everyones trays while waiting on line for the register. And try not be tempted by the catering portion… a huge tray of wings for $28. Seriously? Next time I’m having a party I’m getting some.

Oh who am I kidding I don’t ever have parties.

Park Lane Deli, 56 Reade Street (btw. Broadway and Church), 212-608-1528

Photos and post by Daniel Krieger



  • We’ve already had the “making sushi at your desk” post, and now my hubby is (based on his last comment) putting together a treatise for publication on this blog of “How to make real southern fried chicken at your desk” – if such things excite you, of course. You folks are soooooo lucky to have a such a distinguished and well credentialed man as he gifting you with his considerable experience and wisdom.

    Anyone who wants to get a head start on this should go out and buy a deep fryer with wire baskets and a 5-pound (or larger) block of lard, and arrange with your boss to install the necessary commercial exhaust fans and fire suppression systems above your desk.

  • Chucky, my monthly tax return would wipe its arse on your 401k.

    You Lonestar(LOL) kiddie fiddling Nobcheese.

  • McBeagle

    I cannot take seriously the rantings of a man who performs his own dental work.

    And, that is NOT my young and vibrant wife, posting above, by the way. It is an amateurish imposter.

  • Ive Found The Chuckies Wedding pics..

    And their Daughter,Hoggyjodogbreath, summer camp pics.

  • For your information, McBeagle, there were no photographers at our wedding 20 years ago.

    We did renew our marriage vows recently and I captured many of those touching moments with my digital camera.

    Here is my vibrant young wife. I love keeping up with her!

    And our marital bed, should that excite you:

  • Well, I’m not his wife either, but he sure does seem to employ my services a lot in place of his wife, particularly in masks, wigs, clothing, and other accessories to make me appear as much as possible as a young boy

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