Korea-town is a secret corner of Manhattan, located within a clean two block radius; it centers around 32nd street between 5th and 6th avenues, and is condensed into a select few buildings with beauty shops, restaurants, and karaoke bars stacked on top of one another.
Chicken Jazz Turntable (yes, that is the real name of this restaurant) can be found on the second floor of an unassuming building in Midtown. You walk inside where there is an attendant at the front desk; “How can I help you ladies?” The friendly man inquired, “We’re just tryna get some chicken,” I responded.
We walked up the dimly lit, cramped stairs and found ourselves at a place that felt like some fusion of a club, a bar, and a restaurant. The music was blaring and the smells were overwhelming.
Once we sat down we quickly realized that we’d need to do some drinking, so we ordered a pitcher of beer to share. What arrived before us was nothing short of extraordinary. A glowing multi-colored light filled cylinder appeared; and it was filled with alcohol. Dreams…come…true?
Next it was time for food. Though we ordered some other side dishes for variety, it’s really all about the chicken. Regular old Fried Chicken is one of the best foods on earth. Korean Fried Chicken is even better. What makes it so nice? They fry it twice! And they also drench it in mouthwatering glazes, so the flavor is crazy intense. We got a combo—half Hot & Spicy, half Soy Garlic.
We sucked the bones clean, licking our fingers after every bite. Little niblets of picked daikon radish accompanied the wings and drums, for us to munch on and cleanse our palates.
Chicken Jazz Turntable is one of many funky, yummy joints in K-town. I know I’ll be back for more drunk chicken before too long.