Turntable Chicken Jazz
Turntable Chicken Jazz
314 5th Ave
New York, NY 10001
The entrance to Turntable is hidden in an alley next to Empire Pizza. Because it's on the second floor, the signage is terrible and you have to be on the lookout for it. The stairway is pretty sketch too. Am I going to eat fried chicken or get killed?
The place inside is pretty cool. It's like half lounge/half restaurant. The dining area is pretty swanky with a good mix of people inside. The lighting is dim, but it helps to set the mood for the romance that will be going on between me and chicken.
However, before I get to the chicken, we did have a sampling of some of their apps/sides. The gyoza dumplings are perfectly pan fried. Crisp on the outside with a good filling. The corn cheese was bleh. Nothing special about it, unless you've never had it before. It would be nice to try. The potato twist is a nice side item to get outside any fairgrounds or carnival. But onto the chicken.
I went with some friends who had never had KFC before, so they were in for a treat. We ordered half and half of drums and wings. The sauce selection was spicy and soy garlic. Starting the with the chicken itself, it is very thin in the batter and the meat is fat and juicy. The Drumsticks were huge and looked like they came off a chicken who had been doing its squats at the gym. The wings were large as well and came whole.
The batter is very light and crisp while the meat is piping hot inside, moist, and tender. The batter acts almost like an encasing so be careful not to burn your tongue. The sauces are done very well, as the soy garlic is not the most overpowering (good thing). The same can be said for the spicy sauce but it does have a nice kick. For both sauces, the chicken is coated with a light coating of sauce. I love that. As opposed to the drenching that many of these other places.
If you've never had Korean Fried Chicken before, try some other ones before coming here. There is a difference. This place reminds me a lot of the Korean chain, Kyochon, which also happens to be across the corner of the same street. Their chicken is a must have if you haven't had it before. Living in Toronto now, I really wish they had places like this up here...
Ambience: A- | Service: B | Price: B+ | Food: A