Archive | February, 2009

Bon Chon Chicken

28 Feb

Bon Chon Chicken

Rating: ★★★★★
346 Broad Ave, Leonia, NJ 07605
bonchon@bonchon.com
Website
(201) 461-1212
Price: $$
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Bon Chon Chicken serves Korean style fried chicken that is amazingly good. They have a number of location in the tri-state area and some over on the west coast (CA). I ate at the Bon Chon on Lemoine Ave and found the service to be exceptionally good. The staff speaks both English and Korean and are very friendly. The restaurant has amble amount of seating. Parking in front of the store is limited, but if you circle around you should be able to find a spot in no more than 10 min. Furthermore, there’s a parking lot around the corner that is free for shoppers (limited to 2 hours).

Both the spicy (contains vitamins A & C) and soy garlic are very crispy, juicy and not very greasy. According to Bon Chon, they use a proprietary sauce that stays on the chicken and not on your fingers, which is totally true. The soy garlic is exceptionally sweet and the spicy is very spicy compared to their competitors (Boom Boom & Kyedong). You can choose from a number of combination: wings drumsticks, soy garlic, spicy, or a mixture of both. An order of large goes for $20 and the medium is $12 (tax included). As of Oct 2008, the Leonia location no longer provides a free soda with each order, not sure about other Bon Chon locations. Do remember to pre-order 20 minutes prior to pick-up or dinning because the chicken is made to order and will take sometime to prepare.

I had a medium drumstick and wings with a mixture of both spicy and soy garlic, which also came with a cup of Korean daikon radish. I couldn’t decide which one I liked more as they were both very good!

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

Bon Chon Chicken

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Kyedong Chicken – Palisades Park

28 Feb

Kyedong Chicken

Rating: ★★☆☆☆
133 Broad Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ
Website
(215) 468-1546
Price: $$

Kyedong Chicken is Korean Fried Chicken house that has two locations; one, on Northern Blvd, NY (718-358-8300) and another on Broad Ave in Palisades Park, NJ. My review is based on the Palisades Park branch, which has no seating and is strictly for takeout only. The shop is located behind a bus stop and maybe hard to find since the shop’s sign is entirely in Korean and is co-located with New York Meat Market, a Korean butcher shop. Parking in this area is limited, so be prepared to circle a bit.

Kyedong Chicken, like their competitors (Boom Boom), offers wings, drumsticks, a combination of both, or whole chicken in either soy or hot sauce. You can also get a combination of sauces in any order, medium ($14) or large ($20) size. All orders come with a side of Korean daikon radish and a choice of soda. Remember to pre-order prior to pickup because it can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes to prepare.

I had a medium order of wings and drumsticks with a mixture of half soy and half spicy. The skin was crispy and had good texture, but there’s nothing good I could say about the meat itself. It was very bland and lacked taste. For the price I paid, I would have been better off going to Boom Boom or Bon Chon, which is significantly better! I have however, heard that the Northern Blvd branch of Kyedong is worlds better and cheaper for that matter. If you really want to try Kyedong Chicken, I would suggest you skip the Palisades Park branch and head straight to Flushing.

Kyedong Chicken

BBQ Chicken

25 Feb

BBQ Chicken

Rating: ★★★☆☆
10 E Edsall Blvd, Palisades Park, NJ 07650
info@bbdotqusa.com
Website
(201) 461-0201
Price: $$
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BBQ Chicken is strictly for takeout only . There are no tables, just a waiting area. Everything is made to order and could take as long as 20-30 minutes to prepare, so call in a head with your order.

BBQ Chicken is a Korean style fried chicken joint. They have an international presence with over 3500 locations in 37 countries. There are a number of locations in NYC, but I happen to stubble upon the one in Palisades NJ.

The people that work Pal Park location are nice and friendly and although there English may not be the best, they will go out of their way to try to help you. (ie. explain the difference between the style of chicken they serve).

I tried the original, sweet and spicy, chicken nuggets, and waffle fries. Being a fan of white meat, my favorite of the bunch are the chicken nugget, which are more like chicken strips. They come in one size (16 pieces), are all white meat with crispy corn flake breading, and topped out with honey mustered or BBQ dipping sauce. The sweet and spicy is basically the original with a small amount of injected spicy and drowned in their creation of sweet and spicy sauce. Having been drowned in all that sauce, the sweet and spicy was still surprisingly crispy. The waffle fries are nothing special, however the portions are huge.

For first time goers, I would suggest you try the original which like sweet and spicy comes in 2 sizes, half chicken (5 piece) or whole chicken (10 pieces). The original is a good starting point and provides a good bases to see if you enjoy the EVOO cooking process.

From my experience, I felt that EVOO cooking process does make a difference. They market the chicken as being healthier and having compared BBQ Chicken to KFC I don’t see any major difference in the calories and total fat; however, I don’t get that disgusting felling of having eaten fried food after BBQ Chicken like I do with KFC.

I don’t enjoy fast food often, but BBQ Chicken is a great place to indulge in once in a while.

Update: the chicken nuggets are NOT all white meat. It just so happens that every piece that I had the first time around were white meat. I also forgot to mention that all chicken orders come with cold radish cubes, which eases that nasty felling you have after having fried foods.

BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken

Blue Spoon Coffee Company

24 Feb

Blue Spoon Coffee Company

Rating: ★★★★☆
76 Chambers St (between Broadway & Church St), New York, NY 10007
Website
(212) 619-7230
Price: $
Hours:
Mon-Fri 7 am – 6 pm
Nearest Transit:
City Hall (N, R)
Chambers St (A, C)
Park Pl (2, 3)
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Blue Spoon is an independent cafe that is very small, cute, and cozy. They have a total of five proper tables and a window counter that seats two. The service is very prompt and friendly. They offer Intelligentsia Coffee from Chicago, which is hard to find in the NYC. In addition to their caffeinated offerings, they also serve well regarded soups, sandwiches, and pastries.

I stopped into Blue Spoon for a cup of coffee because I had an hour to kill and found their coffee to be exceptionally good. Prices here are competitive and the free wifi is awesome. For you book worms out there, Blue Spoon sports a book swap section at the front of the store.

Blue Spoon Coffee Company