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Hell’s Chicken, NYC

Korean cooking finally comes to Hell’s Kitchen…

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I actually read about this place while I was in Japan, and as fried chicken and Buffalo wings are my favorite foods, I knew I had to try it!

Located right next to The Pony Bar, which specializes in American craft beer, it appears Hell’s Chicken is pulling inspiration from their neighbor as they have a wonderful selection of not-so-common beers in cans and bottles. I started with an ice cold Anderson Valley Gose…

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While we came for the chicken, we also decided to try a few of their Korean appetizers while we waited.

Japchae noodles…

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And kimchi jeon pancake…

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To be honest, neither of these dishes were anything to write home about. A bit bland, actually. I expected bolder flavors and these seemed toned down on the taste department.

But their chicken….

Their chicken is excellent!

We started with Hell’s Chicken’s plain fried chicken. And it was perfectly fried! The breading was light and oh so crispy and the meat was tender and juicy. Some of the best I’ve had in NYC! Get some gochujang on the side as well!

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We then moved into their spicy soy garlic chicken…

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Equally delicious! Just the right amount of heat to amplify the garlic, and not overly sauced so the chicken stayed crisp. Beats Bon Chon or Kyon Chon any day!

A nice, new international addition to the ever-expanding list of eateries in our neighborhood!

HELL’S CHICKEN

641 10th Ave.

New York, NY 10036

212-757-1220 

http://www.hellschickennyc.com

Filed under NYC Manhattan Hell's Kitchen Korean fried chicken jap chae kimchi pajeon pancake beer noodles

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Japanese Mountain Dew Cheetos

Finally got my hands on them thanks to my pal @AkiYanagi…

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Now wish I never had. Just terrible.

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We did a taste test at our creative retreat and not a single person liked them.

The truth is, the Frito-Lay flavor engineers did their job too well… these taste JUST like a sip of Mountain Dew! But in crystalized powder form. And when you add in the crunch of the Cheeto, it’s just off-putting.

For all the interesting, original flavored snack products that Frito-Lay puts out in Japan, this was one of the worst I can remember.

But hey, you can’t win ‘em all.

Better luck next time…

Filed under Japan snacks chips Frito-Lay Cheetos Mountain Dew seasonal flavor

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Pikachu Cafe, Tokyo

From July 19 to August 31st, Nintendo be opening an exclusive “Pokemon the Movie XY” exhibition in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo. The anime-inspired space will also include a special pop-up PIkachu Cafe, selling Pokemon-themed food and drinks. Here’s a look at a few of the upcoming menu items…

The Pikachu Teriyaki Burger…

Pikachu Beef Curry…

Pokemon Yogurt Drinks, each sold with a special coaster….

You can visit the Pokemon XY website here, or follow them on Twitter here for more information. Japanese only.

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Beer & Buns Burger Bar, NYC

One problem we New Yorkers often have is that come summer and the onset of beautiful weather, we have a hard time finding a place in the city to barbecue. Well, one new East Side establishment is trying to help…

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Beer & Buns Burger Bar, located inside the St. Giles Hotel - The Court, just debuted a spacious, new patio lounge…

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Complete with a grill…

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Having opened their doors earlier this year, Beer & Buns has quickly become known for its menu of internationally-inspired sliders and selection of global craft beers, all offered at affordable prices for midtown Manhattan.

They’ll also be launching new seasonal sliders going forward, like this tasty lamb gyro option that just hit the menu…

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And of course, their famed “Indulgence Burger” is still creating plenty of buzz…

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A Kobe-style beef patty topped with foie gras sauteed in Sauternes wine, Beluga caviar and white truffles…

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Be warned, this is the one burger they offer that is going to set you back a bundle, but a “cheaper” option at $100 will be available shortly! (10% of proceeds go to City Harvest!)

Now back to that patio and grill… It’s a lovely space that’s now open. They offer their full menu outside and will be having themed events, starting with an Asian-themed BBQ on July 24th. The space and grill are also available for rental for private events and parties by contacting the restaurant.

The Beer & Buns backyard is a cool, new location where city dwellers can go to feel like they’ve escaped NYC without ever leaving the island!

BEER & BUNS BURGER BAR

St. Giles Hotel - The Court

130 East 39th St.

New York, NY 10016

212-592-8888

http://www.beerandbuns.com

Filed under NYC Manhattan Midtown East Side St. Giles beer burgers cheeseburger grill wagyu foie gras caviar gyro seasonal

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My first popsi… I mean… “ice pop” of the year… Fresh Watermelon Margarita!!
We took a fresh watermelon, cut it in chucks and blended it into about 2 cups of juice. We then added about 1/4 cup of simple syrup as the juice was a bit tart, along with about 3 oz of tequila. We were making six pops so that’s 1/2 oz per pop, which is a good amount as you need them to freeze. We poured the mixture into our molds, let them freeze, and served them with salt, which is fantastic on both watermelon and margaritas!!

My first popsi… I mean… “ice pop” of the year… Fresh Watermelon Margarita!!

We took a fresh watermelon, cut it in chucks and blended it into about 2 cups of juice. We then added about 1/4 cup of simple syrup as the juice was a bit tart, along with about 3 oz of tequila. We were making six pops so that’s 1/2 oz per pop, which is a good amount as you need them to freeze. We poured the mixture into our molds, let them freeze, and served them with salt, which is fantastic on both watermelon and margaritas!!

Filed under home cooking popsicles ice pops watermelon margarita