*opening for lunch starting Wednesday, JULY 5*
FAT Scale (Flavor, Appeal, Taste): 8.7/10
- Flavor: 8.8/10
- Appeal: 8.6/10
- Taste: 8.8/10
HAPPY Scale (Hospitality, Atmosphere, Population, Price, Yearning for more): 9/10
- Hospitality: 9.3/10
- Atmosphere: 9/10
- Population: Business people, tourists, and the occasional people that actually live in FiDi
- Price: $-$$
- Yearning for more: 8.8/10
Just when you think David Chang is done slaying the game, he surprises you with yet another fantastic establishment. He’s plopped down another Fuku in the middle of the Financial District, and it’s bigger and better than ever before. Much larger than the original East Village location, with a larger menu, it is perfect for this sleek and high-end area. And what makes David Chang so smart is that this menu is also different than the rest of the Fukus sprawled throughout the city. It makes you love him because it’s so delicious, but it makes you hate him because now you have to support and patron all of them, unlike every other chain where you know the menu will always be the same. So check below for the scoop on each menu item (We tried everything but the Crispy Kale Salad, because well. . . salad).
*Beware: everything on the menu has a slight kick to it. I love spice, David Chang loves spice, but if you don’t, watch out*
Spicy Chicken Sandwich vs. Sweet and Spicy Chicken Sandwich ($8)
I still prefer the original Spicy Chicken Sandwich with Daikon (aka the Koreano), but I love that sauce, just on those Fuku Fingers instead 😉
Fuku Fingers ($7) (with the sweet and spicy sauce)
This here is a winner, and one that you’ll come back for over and over again, whether it’s for a late-night snack, or for your lunchtime needs (starting 7/5)
It’s has perfect amount of sweet, tanginess, and spice, and the fingers are still crispy, juicy, and tender.
This is a Whole Fried Chicken Dinner where ½ is coated in Buttermilk and Habanero, and the other ½ is Coated in a Sweet & Spicy Sauce. Then it’s served with M’smen (a Moroccan flatbread by Hot Bread Kitchen), Fries, Pickle Chips, Pickled Daikon, Kimchi, and all the Sauces (Ssam, Honey Mustard, Sweet Jalapeño, and Ranch). This right here is the ultimate, and our favorite thing on the menu. Word has it, Chang recommends eating it all together – grab a piece of bread, chicken, some condiments, slather on sauce and eat it all together in one glorious bite. And boy, was it glorious. Go with friends, order this, and add on that 6-pack of High Life ponies for another $12.
Hey #FiDi you're some lucky peaches because @davidchang decided to bless you with @fuku and it's as delicious as ever. 🍑🙌🏼 There are new menu items including this #dinein Chimek with Whole #FriedChicken (Half in Sweet and Spicy Sauce/ Half Coated in Buttermilk and Habanero), #Moroccan Flatbread, #FrenchFries, Fried Pickles, #Kimchi, Pickled Daikon, and different Sauces. Do it as #davidchang does, and just pick at it all and combine it in between that flatbread for an amazing bite 🙆🏻 #befatbehappy #fuku #newopening #newrestaurant
Ginger Chicken Bowl + Soft Poached Egg ($13)
This dish is what you want and need when you realize it’s the middle of summer and you still haven’t detoxed and don’t have that summer bod you were hoping for. It’s healthy, light, and refreshing, without sacrificing any flavor. The soft poached egg is served to you in its shell and you must crack it onto your bowl. Gimmicky? Yes. Do we love it? Also yes. FYI: This is the least spicy thing on the menu.
Chicken Dip Sandwich ($10)
While nothing beats the juiciness and flavor of an original Beef Dip, this is a good substitute, and I loved it. I also slathered on the extremely spicy sauce that comes on the side, but if you cannot handle spice, don’t add it.
That’s it for now kids. Go get over there during soft opening before it gets crazy busy and everyone else does. Oh, and while you’re at it, head over to Milk Bar right next door afterwards 😉