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May 5, 2009 08:11 AM

Bon Chon chicken in NYC?

Did all of the Bon Chon chicken locations in NYC close? Or just the Northern Blvd. and 5th Ave. Manhattan ones?

Is the Bell Blvd. one still around and kicking, or did it change to "Mad For Chicken", too?

If it's gone, does anyone serve Bon Chon-style fried chicken in NYC anymore?

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  1. Was just there, at the Northern Blvd location, for lunch. Same owners. Same chicken. Waitress explained the name change has something to do with franchising issues that the Seoul management didn't agree to. No clue. But the chix was the same.

    1. Haven't tried it yet, but I gather the food at Mad About Chicken is pretty much the same as Bon Chon's.

      Bon Chon's web site no longer lists 5th Ave. or Northern Blvd. It does includes the Bayside and Staten Island locations, plus Boka on St. Marks (which I'm told licensed Bon Chon's recipes) and the Chambers St. shop that I thought was called Bon Bon.

      314 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

      Mad for Chicken
      157-18 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

      Bon Chon Chicken
      45-37 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

      Bon Chicken
      98 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007

      9 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

      Mad for Chicken
      1267 Forest Ave, Staten Island, NY 10302

      11 Replies
      1. re: squid kun

        I could be wrong, but I thought UFC in Jackson Heights was also part of the Bon Chon chain.

        1. re: E Eto

          ok, here's another new one for me, we don't have this in brooklyn. I've never seen a Bon Chon Chicken. Is it all fried? Is it very different from KFC or Popeyes, which honestly I try not to eat very often.

          1. re: BonnieB.

            oh boy. you just gotta hit it up. yum!

          2. re: E Eto

            I thought UFC was it's own dealy. We probably go monthly. Obviously, we think it's pretty great.

            Friday nights from Kensington to Roosevelt Ave by car in less than twenty minutes.

          3. re: squid kun

            The reason I asked is that people I know that were big fans of Bon Chon on 5th went to Mad for Chicken and reported that it was vastly inferior to the Bon Chon product. It's the only one I've ever been to, and it may be the best fried chicken I've ever had. BonnieB, I agree with BigJeff, if anyone is serving the original Bon Chon chicken, you need to get there, get one order of sweet, one order of spicy, and enjoy life.

            1. re: lambretta76

              Friends have told me Boka's chicken is very good, just like Bon Chon's.

              Guess the next major Korean chicken news will be Kyochon's arrival in Manhattan, as mentioned by jeff ...

              Latest ETA is sometime in summer ...

              1. re: squid kun

                Boka's chicken is Bon Chon; I actually prefer it to the few times I've had Bon Chon in their K-town location.

              2. re: lambretta76

                i had fried chicken from the BBQ Chicken place that was on 23rd and 7th, but it was very bad; they opened a branch on St. Mark's Place (next to or close to the pinkberry there) and I had their wings; damn good!

                but ya, I'm just waiting for Kyo-Chon; I like their chicken and sorta tired of giving Bon Chon my money.

                1. re: bigjeff

                  I've never been to the Kyo-Chon out in Flushing - how does it compare to Bon Chon? (Style-wise - is it battered and fried or more like Baden Baden, which is rotisserie and deep-fried I think.)

                  1. re: lambretta76

                    ya, same style, the heavy crust w/ the sauce on top; I kinda like the Baden-Baden but definitely prefer the battered style. in general, usually avoid the drumsticks since the quality of the meat itself is not so nice so it ends up almost "steaming" inside sometimes, not so nice. just stick w/ the wings. UFC drumsticks are really good tho.

              3. re: squid kun

                BTW just passed the former Bon Bon on Chambers - it's now Bon Chon (I've fixed the place record).

                1. I went in search of Bon Chon today cause I was craving some fried goodness... not a Bon Chon in site anywhere on Northern Blved. Saw Mad about Chicken. They seemed like they were trying too hard. I then I tried Kyo Chon. It's kind of like the Jetsons meets KFC. Very tasty but a bit too...precise for lack of a better word. I absolutely LOVED the coleslaw and pickled radishes!
                  It will definitely be popular in NYC.

                  1. Bon Chon Chicken has 5 locations in NYC at the moment. I was recently at the 207 W 38th st location and the food was amazing. To die for actually. That spot on Chambers st. isnt BonChon chicken and their menu is weird. Anyways Bon Chon is everywhere, just gotta look

                    Bon Chon Chicken
                    45-37 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361