Koko Wings, which specializes in Korean fried chicken, is now open at 192 First Ave. between 11th Street and 12th Street.
This is Koko's second NYC outpost. The other is on West 106th Street, which got a nice writeup via Westside Rag upon opening in 2014:
The wings are marinated in either soy garlic or hot and spicy sauce, both of which were tasty. You can also order drumsticks or chicken strips in the same marinades. The Kimchi cole slaw had a nice kick, as expected. Other Korean dishes like mandu (dumplings) and pa-jeon (scallion pancakes with seafood) are also on the menu...
This storefront was home for a brief five months to Chelsea Thai, which closed in January — this after 21 years in the Chelsea Market. Chelsea Thai founder-chef Saruj Nimkarn said that there wasn't enough business here to make the rent.
The address was previously the Neptune. The Polish-American diner closed in December 2016 after 15 years in business. According to one source, the rent doubled.
After Neptune's departure, the landlord divided up the restaurant into two retail storefronts. Space 194, a hybrid tea-coffee shop-gallery, is in the other half, but not for long.
As this photo via EVG regular Lola Sáenz shows, there's a for-rent sign now on the front door...
The shop opened last December.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Chelsea Thai coming to former Neptune space on 1st Avenue; Filipino fare for Avenue A
Chelsea Thai debuts on 1st Avenue
Chelsea Thai closes after 5 months on 1st Avenue
"This storefront was home for a brief five months to Chelsea Thai, which closed in January — this after 21 years in the Chelsea Market. Chelsea Thai founder-chef Saruj Nimkarn said that there wasn't enough business here to make the rent."
Sure, but the city (especially the EV), is saturated with Thai food (or if you want to be more general, Asian cuisine).
What I find sad about 99% of the Thai food available, is that the dishes are cooked so they're ready in 10 mins for us impatient, lazy Americans. This results in tough chewing proteins, which should be slow cooked and tender. Give me tender strips of beef in my Thai Green Curry!
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