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Any nice places for friend chicken? Possibly Korean friend chicken?

Aimee Jan 5, 2011 05:37 AM

Obviously doesn't have to be that nice. I was looking at Hill Country Chicken and it sounded good but I was looking for something a little nicer than self service. I want somewhere for about 10 of us for a birthday dinner. Thanks!

Hill Country Chicken
1123 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

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  1. ellenost RE: Aimee Jan 5, 2011 05:48 AM

    If you can get a reservation, your best bet is Momofuku Noodle Bar. They serve two different styles of fried chicken (traditional and Korean) to your table. Service is for 6 - 10 people. Reservations are available at 10:00 a.m. daily on the Momofuku website. I thought both styles were incredibly moist and delicious.

    Momofuku Noodle Bar
    171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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      kathryn RE: ellenost Jan 5, 2011 06:07 AM

      I thought the Noodle Bar fried chicken dinner was only for 4-8 people.

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        kelea RE: kathryn Jan 5, 2011 06:13 AM

        It is 4-8 and they will not seat 10. Plus the biggest table there wouldn't fit 10 comfortably. Personally, I've eaten there 4 times and I'm still a much bigger fan of mad For chicken for korean fried chicken. plus u can get those 5 gallon beer towers with swirly lights!!

    2. TheDegustationAsian RE: Aimee Jan 5, 2011 06:03 AM

      I liked Momofuku and thought it was a decent deal. Another option would be to call and make a reservation at Mad for Chicken. It's not Momofuku, but it has good Korean fried chicken, beer and soju to drink and has space for a party of 10. I've gone with my friends a number of times and have always enjoyed it.

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        kathryn RE: Aimee Jan 5, 2011 07:12 AM

        Blue Ribbon Bakery - they only take reservations for large groups
        The Redhead - Reservations are taken for dinner only for parties of 5 or more, and only before 6:30pm
        Pies 'n' Thighs - back room, though this is in Brooklyn

        Blue Ribbon Bakery
        33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

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          prima RE: kathryn Mar 13, 2011 08:54 AM

          kathryn, how would you compare Blue Ribbon Bakery's fried chicken ($25.50) and The Redhead's fried chicken ($18)? Which do you prefer?

          Does the fried chicken at Blue Ribbon Bakery and Blue Ribbon Brasserie taste the pretty much the same? Both restaurants serve their fried chicken with mashed potatoes and collard greens, but the fried chicken with mash and collards costs $25.50 at BR Brasserie, and $25.95 at BR Bakery, if the online menus are up-to-date and correct.

          I enjoyed the upscale/contemporary take on organic fried chicken ($23) at Perry Street last summer, but haven't had a chance to try any other versions lately. It's still listed as an entree on their current online menu.

          Perry Street
          176 Perry Street, New York, NY 10014

          Blue Ribbon Brasserie
          97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

          Blue Ribbon Bakery
          33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

          The Redhead
          349 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

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          sheio RE: Aimee Jan 5, 2011 09:44 AM

          Boka in the East Village is a step up from chains like KyoChon and BonChon in terms of atmosphere and service, and I think they serve excellent Korean fried chicken (you can order sweet or spicy) and fried calamari.

          9 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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            JungMann RE: sheio Jan 5, 2011 10:28 AM

            I have had nothing but inattentive service at Boka. The atmosphere is definitely a step up than most Korean fried chicken places, although I believe BonChon has a relatively nice sit down place in Koreatown.

            9 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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            nightkitchen RE: Aimee Mar 13, 2011 09:38 AM

            Kyochon on corner of 32nd and 5th actually gets kind of swanky in the evenings.

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              travel.eats RE: Aimee Mar 13, 2011 01:56 PM

              mono+mono in the east village has nice decor, a DJ who plays jazz on vinyl, and the same bubble beer dispenser as the former Mad For Chicken (now also called mono+mono) in midtown. Much better ambiance than any of the other KTown chicken places. Make sure you order soju, too. When making reservations for a large group, there is a $$$ minimum but it shouldn't be hard to meet because the chicken and alcohol can add up quickly.

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