I bring this up because I am wondering if this Korean place in Flushing called KYOCHON on 157th and Northern Blvd is some sort of Korean fast food chain or just the hippest little place to serve the most AWESOME, drop dead good spicy wings in all of NYC!
They seem to be in a lot of places including LA and NY and all the tell-tale signs of a chain in the making. But if this is Korean fastfood, then KFC better watch its feathered ass because there's a new KFC coming our way...except the K in this case is for Korean or Kyochon not Kentucky.
The Chicken Bulgogi over rice is surprisingly inexpensive and it is so spicy and full of sharp tasting onions that you'll be dripping sweat by the 2nd bite. But as good as that is (and you should try it because...well, just because you'd be stupid not to), the thing to get here are the spicy wings...crunchy not soggy, perfectly battered wings with a deep penetrating burn that is just hot enough to get your face a little numb, but with a slightly sweet undertone that knocks it back to some earthly territory where the whole experience becomes a blast of flavors. You will feel that incredible sensation right after the first crunchy bite and then you will be addicted. I can easily eat a dozen of these wings, sweat my head off, and suck it all down with a beer! Wow...what a treat this place is.
Now I have had amazing wings in alot places in NYC and I feel sort of bad that this place is going to take credit for having such great wings (consdering my aversion to foods that come in chains), but that is how things are. I've been searching for an authentic (homecooked...not the frozen variety) wing place, but so far haven't found one that really rocks this much. So frozen or not, this place is it for now.
If you know of some place to recommend, please do. I am thinking of the kind of wings made right there, fresh, with authentic preparation...the spicier the better! Let me know! Please.
And maybe join me...we'll get a group of spicy wing lovers together. Hmmmm. Did I mention CRUNCHY.