There seems to be a myriad of Korean fried chicken aka “KFC” places popping up all over the place lately. Everywhere where I turn, I see a Bon Chon or Kyo Chon or BBQ Chicken in every major city, except for San Francisco proper. Although I must give a shout out to the closest Bon Chon to me, since it’s in Sunnyvale and owned by a friend of mine from college. I only wish it was a little closer though, because I never find myself down that way anymore.
Anyways, Pdho and I were walking along 5th Avenue close to K-Town in Manhattan and saw both a Bon Chon and a Kyo Chon a couple buildings from each other on the same block. Since Kyo Chon is the only one I hadn’t tried before, I was curious to check it out. I have to give points to the interior design of the Kyo Chon. It’s completely white with accents of red throughout giving it a very bright and modern feel. This particular location doubles as a sit down restaurant with a separate dinner menu that is served on the second floor, but during the day it is just like any other fast food place.
I had a little trouble deciphering the menu, and since Pdho and I only wanted a snack, we decided to just get the chicken wings to share. Considering how long it took them to prepare the chicken in the back, the wings tasted surprisingly lukewarm, not as hot and crispy as I was hoping. The flavor was good, but I am not sure I would be able to differentiate the sauce at Kyo Chon from the sauce at Bon Chon. They both tasted good, but I might have to do a side by side comparison to really be able to judge the chicken fairly. Because the chicken didn’t taste as fresh out of the fryer as it probably should have, it is hard to say that the chicken was anything but average. However, I’m definitely open to going back and giving it another try.
319 5th Ave
New York, NY 10016
PAFO Ratings for Kyo Chon:
Ambiance 3½ stars
Food 3 stars
Overall rating 3 stars