Sun-Wed, noon-2am; Thu, noon-3am; Fri-Sat, noon-4am
B, D, F, M, N, Q, R at 34th St.-Herald Sq.; 6 at 33rd St.
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Despite the name and location, this hidden spot is one of the few non-karaoke bars in Koreatown. A hard-to-find sign points you to some questionable stairs up to a surprisingly nice, industrial chic Korean fried chicken restaurant and bar, also known as Mad For Chicken. Three TVs hanging on the brick wall, flanked by glass counters, with a lounge (with huge windows) to the left and candlelit dining nooks to the right. Presentation is key: Tables come with little metal buckets for chicken bones, mojitos and margaritas are garnished with appetizing fresh fruit, the traditional Korean soju (which you can get in a variety of fruity flavors) comes in a special ice-filled bowl, and is bedecked with flowers and umbrella-speared garnishes. But, best of all is the beer dispenser for Killians – it bubbles and gurgles with different colors and allegedly keeps your beer from getting warm and flat. The rest of the beer selection is overpriced and generic, but pitchers of Jager bombs are on the menu. The bar's nomenclature is still a mystery – they play music, but um, don't most bars? In short, this place is perfect for drunk people looking to lounge and eat Korean fried chicken.
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