Your next guess is probably New Orleans, or somewhere in south Louisiana. Wrong again.
A few weeks ago, a friend and I stumbled upon this Chicken "Speakeasy" in Manhattan. The door was unmarked. There was no sign to inform passerby. We walked up a staircase and down a hall, and there it was. Mad for Chicken. (Unfortunately, the super hip location has closed, but they have additional locations- Updated 2013)
It was a Tuesday night at 10 p.m., but the place was packed. This hidden gem may be hard to find if you've never been there, but its customers keep coming back. I had never had "Korean Fried Chicken" before. The crispy skin was the most delicious part! Normally, I avoid eating chicken skin, but there was no stopping me!
You can try either the soy garlic drums/wings, or the hot drums/wings--or both! Normally, I must have hot wings.. otherwise, I just get bored! But, I had the soy garlic, and the flavor was explosive. The best part about the chicken here is that the skin is crispy and flavorful, while the meat itself is juicy and succulent.
This place is open til 4 am on weeknights and 6 am on weekends, making it the perfect stop after a night out. Plus, the ambience and decor may be just as good as the fried chicken. There is a loungy feel, like you are truly in a speakeasy--a secret enterprise selling some forbidden product! Though the decor is chic, the service is super friendly.
I have also tried their crunchy spicy tuna rolls. Ok, I have never been a spicy tuna roll fan, but it was amazing. This is sushi done RIGHT. I think "Mad For Chicken" just may be one of those places where everything on the menu is incredible. So fear not pescatarians and vegetarians, there are extensive non-chicken options for you as well.