2467 Lemoine Ave
Fort Lee, NJ 07024
New York City Locations:
314 5th Ave, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10138
248 West 38th Street
New York, NY
157-18 Northern Blvd
45-37B Bell Blvd
253-11 Northern Blvd
Little Neck, NY 11362
Web site: http://www.bonchon.com
Back in February, a major New York Times article hit the streets, all about Korean-style fried chicken, which seems to have brought about a craze to foodies who all want to get a hold of this crispy, juicy, spicy dish. Well, just so that you guys know and I don’t look like I’m late to this game, I happen to have written the first NYT article on the subject back in 2005, and I profiled another Korean wing joint on this site, Boom Boom Chicken, only two months before the Moskin peice came out. Coinkydink? I don’t think so.
Now that I’ve gotten my Korean fried egomania out of the way, I do have to say I really, really love this dish, and I am a wing nut, so any time I see one of these places pop up I’m right on top of it. Recently a New Jersey branch of Bon Chon Chicken, a chain that originates from Korea, opened up in Fort Lee. Lurie and I went to investigate to see how this particular place stacked up to the local competition, Boom Boom.
Bon Chon storefront on Lemoine Ave. Parking in this area is scarce, and because it takes 15 minutes per order, you should call in advance before showing up.
As with Boom Boom, there are essentially only two things you can order — Wings, Drummetes, or a combination of both (Special) in either Spicy or Soy/Garlic glaze. You can also get a combination of sauces in any order, which is either Medium or Large sized.
Bon Chon has about six tables you can eat at, plus they have a restroom.
Fried Chicken is healthy and is actually GOOD FOR YOU. Now I have proof!
A medium order of “Special” with half and half Spicy and Soy/Garlic.
A spicy drummette.
Spicy cross-section. I can definitely say that I like Bon Chon’s wings, but I have a slight preference to Boom Boom, because while Bon Chon’s “Spicy” wings are hotter, due to use of more dry Korean red pepper, they don’t have as much as a pronounced Gochujang (hot fermented bean paste) and garlicky flavor as Boom Boom’s. I also think Boom Boom’s soy/garlic wings have a more pronounced soy flavor and they use a bit more sauce on their wings. However Bon Chon has more tables to sit at and is in a somewhat more preferable part of Fort Lee, with somewhat more parking, so it’s kind of a toss-up. I’m going to say you’re going to want to try both.