This weekend Tony and I visited Mad For Chicken on 5th Ave between 31st and 32nd St. It’s a Korean restaurant and their claim is to make a healthier and less greasy fried chicken, at which I think they do an excellent job. We ordered the large portion and shared it. (All my photos are pretty dark because the place is so dimly lit!) It was kind of funny to find the place, because there is no sign for it and it is up a flight of stairs. You somewhat feel like you’re going to someone’s apartment, and then it expands into this somewhat atmospheric lounge-like restaurant. It must be pretty fun for birthdays, because you can get your own private little section to sit in.
Anyway, here is our order of chicken, the main event of the evening!
(photo credit: Tony T)
The chicken’s skin really is paper thin and SUPER crispy. They come in two flavors; soy garlic and hot and spicy. We got a mixed plate of 18 pieces. I enjoyed the hot and spicy flavor a little more, because the soy garlic was a little on the sweet side. I did crave blue cheese dressing (if I could drink that stuff in a glass I probably would, sad I know). Unfortunately these wings and drumsticks come sauce-less, but they are quite awesome on their own. But according to their website, 3 drumsticks have 310 calories and 20g of fat, which compared to Hooters (5 wings = 866 calories, 63g of fat not counting the blue cheese) is significantly better. I was super impressed when seeing the wax paper under the chicken, because it was hardly even greasy (well compared to what it would have looked like in other restaurants)!
[Note: my co-workers told me on Monday that they do serve a blue cheese/ranch dressing, but we just didn’t get it at my table. Had I been not a Mad For Chicken newbie, I would have requested something to drench my chicken in (sorry, straying from Korean style or not, I love dressing).]
But of course we had to pig out, so don’t worry, we ordered other stuff to rack up the calories. We ordered rosemary french fries which were pretty standard but pretty good. I did end up craving salad after our meal because we ate everything fried or filled with cheese, so it was an unsettling feeling.
Tony wanted to order the dduck bok gi, which is some sort of rice cake casserole with a tomato paste and cheese. It was way too big of a portion to be considered a “side” (as they labeled it). I have to say, pretty interesting. The sauce was somewhat sweet, and the rice cakes were long slimy noodle things. I wasn’t a fan of the triangular fish cake pieces randomly found throughout. I just stuck to the rice cakes.
This is one of the rice cake pieces.
It reminded me of a thicker and more dense udon noodle. Overall, I don’t think I’d order it again, but it was a nice new try.
And in spirit of Korean food, I just returned from another trip to H Mart (Korean grocery store) and I had to mention my favorite baked good from there. I tried to Google the name of this sweet bread and I couldn’t find it, but it is SO good and addictive. I almost finished the whole loaf with my mom within minutes of getting home.
It has this sugary puffy topping on top and is filled with raisins on the inside. They split it in half and smear some sort of yogurt/cream cheese filling inside.
It’s $6 a loaf which is pricey because it is pretty small, but I regret not taking the 2 for $10 deal considering I have only a small stump of it left. A+ Korea. Seriously.