Queens , NY 11354
- Cuisine: Korean-style fried chicken
- Price Range: $$ ($9-$15)
- Alcohol: Beer and Wine
On a busy strip of Northern Blvd., in what can best be described as Flushing’s suburban K-town (squat medical offices, dry cleaners and car dealerships emblazoned with Hangul script) sits Kyedong, a franchise based in Seoul that claims to serve “Original Korean Fried Chicken.” (Ironically, it’s across the street from an Anglo-KFC, which was far more crowded on a recent Sunday afternoon.) The menu is sparse with medium ($12) and large ($18) servings of a choice of hot or soy-flavored legs and wings—with photos of the fried goods plastered on the walls (inexplicably garnished with kiwi). The chicken, prefaced with a flat iceberg lettuce salad and pickled white radish, was served in individual frying fans (so Cracker Barrel!) and on a bed of unremarkable freezer fries. Biting into the drumstick, however, was impressive—a memorable combination of salt, sweet, pepper and thermal. Unfortunately, water could not come soon enough from the lackadaisical staff.