314 Fifth Avenue at West 32nd Street
New York, NY 10001
Liz was having a major fried chicken craving, so the four of us make the trek over to K-town for lunch. She guided us to Mono+Mono which occupies a floor in a small office building. You feel like you’ve only left the office to go to another office. The place kind of looks like a sleek lounge, and the eating area occupies the window part of the floor, overlooking the avenue.
Guided by Liz, we ended up sharing the scallion pancake and the calamari, along with a large order of the fried chicken. Since I am not fervent about calamari, I don’t have thoughts either way. The scallion pancake was fine, just your average pancake. It was supposed to have seafood, but it was either lacking or in microscopic portions. The food took a long time to emerge. At least the beers and waters showed up faster.
From the website:
Our chicken is never like ordinary fried chicken. Taste our fried chicken. Super crispy outside & juicy inside, yet less greasy! Deep fried twice to burn off the fat making the skin papery thin then it’s brushed with rich & delicious soy garlic or hot spicy sauce for the best taste & freshness. Our chicken is made to order & it may take up to 30 minutes. Its taste is worth the wait!
I guess that explains it. And why do I keep typing “friend” instead of “fried?” Does anyone else do that?
We ordered the soy garlic since Kathy and I weren’t down with the hot spicy. True to the description, the chicken was super juicy inside. I’m not sure if I could concur with less greasy. I suppose so, since the oil wasn’t dribbling down my fingers and hands. The skin was indeed super crispy outside. The skin was very bubbly.
Post-chow, our waitress brought out complimentary lychee soju shots for the beer drinkers, and a teensy serving of Pinkberry-imitator for myself. Yum! Wish it were a little cheaper ($20 with no alcohol), but Mono+Mono just might have hooked me on the other KFC [Korean Fried Chicken] since I’m already thinking about trying the vendor down the street from my house…danger!