BonChon Chicken

BonChon Chicken

Korean Restaurant and Fried Chicken Joint$$$$
Koreatown, New York
  • The experts at Eater and Serious Eats recommend this place
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  • Nancy K.
    "My fave korean fried chicken spot!"(15 Tips)
    Cassie P.
    "Their watermelon soju honestly tastes like a jolly rancher!"(7 Tips)
    Glen M.
    "Try the Soy and Garlic Chicken - #Delicious garlic soy chicken!"(7 Tips)
    Fernando D.
    "Delicious spicy soy garlic chicken wings and zucchini fries."(46 Tips)
156 Tips and reviews
  • chicken
  • spicy food
  • good for a late night
  • lively
  • good for a quick meal
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  • Eater
    EaterJune 15
    Popular chain Bon Chon Chicken has helped popularize Korean-style chicken wings in NYC. They don't match what you will find in finer sit-down restaurants (like Barn Joo for example). Read more
  • Em E.
    Em Emiko 😛April 25, 2013
    Yes their wings are delicious but not as spicy as I would like my wings to be. If you love super spicy wings like me, try next door KyoChon. If you dont care for the heat, this place is amazing for u
  • Karen
    KarenNovember 30, 2016
    I love the fried chicken here. The watermelon soju drinks are pretty good, too. Staff is great. My only small complaint is the lighting is so dark, I can barely see my food while I eat and drink.
  • Brigitte P.
    Brigitte PerezJune 29, 2015
    Main floor is for a quick bite. Upstairs dine in. Combo #1 spicy with sweet potato fries. Boy was it spicy!!! Love the garlic and mustard sauce.
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 27, 2016
    Popular chain Bon Chon Chicken has helped popularize Korean-style chicken wings in NYC. They offer a quick fix for not too much cash. 10 wings for $11.95 Read more
  • Martha R.
    Martha RotterFebruary 12, 2013
    The fried mac & cheese sounds very strange but get it. When it arrives, you'll wonder why anyone would serve a cheese dipping sauce with fried mac & cheese, but just go with it - it's delicious
  • Lisa
    LisaDecember 11, 2012
    While a bit more expensive than "normal" wings, they are worth it. I suggest getting the mixed box and unless you like it REALLY HOT, skip the hot/spicy sauce. Quick service and totally addictive.
  • Food Republic
    Food RepublicJune 18, 2012
    Say what you will about the glut of Korean fried chicken in this 'hood, Bonchon's larger portions & thoughtful restraint w/chili flakes give all the crunch & flavor with none of the mouth-melting burn
  • Steve M.
    Steve MarOctober 16, 2012
    Order the mixed chicken. Definitely go with spicy if you can handle it. Regular wings were a tad on the sweet side. Didn't really live up to the hype but still very delicious
  • Abby
    AbbyJanuary 14, 2013
    Get a half/half order of wings & spicy potstickers. But beware if you're going for a late-night snack - they're open til 4 but often close the kitchen much earlier. Hello, I'm not here for the beer.
  • Patryce C.
    Bonchon Chicken never lets me down. Had potstickers and the chicken wings as I always do. Plus the ambience is always so chill.
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    These wings are so addictive, we sometimes order a second box once we've finished the first. Are we proud of this fact? Most definitely. Read more
  • Nancy K.
    Nancy KangMarch 20, 2012
    My fave korean fried chicken spot! Crispy & tasty on the outside, juicy & tender inside. [Drool] Warning: The spiciest vers issue VERY hot.
  • Nancy K.
    Nancy KangMarch 20, 2012
    My fave korean fried chicken spot! Crispy & tasty on the outside, juicy & tender on the inside. Warning: The spiciest vers is VERY hot.
  • PureWow
    PureWowAugust 4, 2016
    Whoa, this Korean chain has over 100 locations internationally. And after sampling the spicy soy garlic wings, we think it could use a few more. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 16, 2013
    Korean fried chicken at its finest, make sure to try the sweet soy-garlic sauce or spicy chili glaze!
  • Jane C.
    Jane ChuMay 7, 2012
    I liked this place more than the Korean Fried Chicken joints in LA, but the quality here came down a bit after switching to owners/management. Still worth checking out. Gets very noisy.
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVOctober 9, 2012
    Crispy goodness on the outside, tender heaven on the inside. Order the wings already! - Jake Manabat, Hunting Season
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda SchlesierMarch 19, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hands down the best fried chicken I've ever had. Try the rib eye wraps with the spicy mayo. Delicious!
  • Christian
    ChristianOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried chicken wings (split between garlic and hot), potstickers, and a pitcher of Kirin beer. Yum!
  • Ricard T.
    Ricard TorresSeptember 26, 2016
    15$ for 10 strips. They're not that good. I wish you could order less than 10. Make portions smaller!
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MoAugust 17, 2014
    Best wings in NYC. Get the wings instead of drumsticks if you want more of the crispy skin.
    EMILYAugust 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried mac n cheese triangles are delicious (although not exactly authentic). Get the lunch special.
  • Almira V.
    Almira ValdezMarch 23, 2013
    Best chicken wings if your looking for spicy this is the place to be:) salad with tofu .
    JANICE💯October 30, 2014
    Korean style chicken that hits the spot. Good for large groups but expect some waiting. Music video and sports on multi screens.
  • shuo z.
    shuo zhangFebruary 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Come here tons of times, and if u want to drink, drink the sujo, drink the Aloe, yoghurt soju.
  • Ashley K.
    Ashley KiyanaJune 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    the spicy garlic chicken is the best. it may look like a little bit of food, however it is very filling.
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangOctober 24, 2016
    Korean fried chicken is crispier and more flavorful than your average KFC. But really, it's actually amazing.
  • Biboy A.
    Biboy ArboledaJanuary 8, 2016
    Chicken yummy! Bartender cute ! Projectors in the wall and music videos are great !
  • Tom M.
    Tom MengSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the chicken wings and a side of rice. That's all you need to make your night.
  • Mai T.
    Mai TaMarch 9, 2016
    Crispy, tasty fried chicken. Don't get the spicy ones if you cannot handle spice.
  • Jeff F.
    Jeff FiorelloOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Expensive as hell... But wow, so good. White meat or drums sticks are the best bet. Way better than the midtown east location.
  • Ying L.
    Ying L.January 27, 2014
    Great ambience here... Full bar... Delicious chicken and their fries are to die for!
  • Libster C.
    Libster CJune 25, 2012
    The ginger soy wings are awesome. Plus they have sweet potato fries! Open until 4am!
  • heidiologies
    heidiologiesFebruary 28, 2011
    All Korean fried chicken places take 15-30 mins to fry the chicken so best to call inane order ahead if you're pressed for time.
  • Glen M.
    Glen McPhersonAugust 14, 2012
    Try the Soy and Garlic Chicken - #Delicious garlic soy chicken! Must try!
  • Victor C.
    Victor ChenOctober 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the wings, forget the rest. You're welcome
  • Christine W.
    Christine WilsonOctober 13, 2014
    Amazing chicken! The fact that it's not dry when deep fried is wonderful
  • Jerry C.
    Jerry CSeptember 7, 2014
    Open Weekends until 4AM. Perfect if craving K-fried chicken after drinking!
  • Helen
    HelenDecember 4, 2014
    Their chicken is amazing! Get the cole slaw on the side.
  • William H.
    William HDecember 24, 2016
    Radishes now cost $3.50 each? Fail. 🤣😡
  • Clyde Erwin B.
    Clyde Erwin BarrettoNovember 11, 2010
    The new location makes it seem more of a bar than hidden cool lounge of past. But the chicken is still fantastic!
  • Alan H.
    Alan HuangOctober 13, 2012
    The calamari and scallion pancake are terrible here. Soy garlic is delicious
  • ММ
    ММDecember 16, 2014
    Mac n Cheese fritters. I know it's a chicken place but my, oh my. So, so good!
  • Alicia
    AliciaAugust 7, 2014
    Don't get the watermelon soju it doesn't come in the watermelon! Tastes like a jolly rancher and is t made with fresh juice
  • David D.
    David DunhillJanuary 10, 2015
    If you like nourishing fried chicken and bottles of shochu, you will like it here.
  • Trae F.
    Trae FMay 6
    The odd club vibe is forgiven because the damn chicken is so good!
  • JP P.
    JP ParkAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best fried chicken in NYC, I would argue best fried chicken in the world.
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LeeAugust 10, 2016
    I like to get half and half soy garlic and spicy flavored.
  • Joe G.
    Joe GruchaczJuly 25, 2011
    The best chicken wings anywhere. Don't even bother looking at the rest of the menu. Read more
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynDecember 28, 2013
    Try the Bon Chon (Korean Fried Chicken) - Half spicy and half garlic.
  • stephen m.
    stephen mathuraMay 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Wings! Soy Garlic is my Favorite!
  • Marie D.
    Marie DAugust 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The wings are amazing and come in 3 sizes. You choose the size, the flavor and the meat (white/dark)
  • Daniel F.
    Daniel FrancisFebruary 19, 2011
    If you plan on splitting a medium + sides with someone, get the meal specials instead. Cheaper and you get drinks included.
  • Chad B.
    Chad BowmanJanuary 7, 2013
    Great food. Fast service. Highly recommend.
  • Maura W.
    Maura WhiteAugust 11, 2011
    Get the soy Ginger wings if you can't handle spice. Both are delish.
  • Fernando D.
    Fernando DoradoJanuary 3, 2016
    Delicious spicy soy garlic chicken wings and zucchini fries.
  • Simone B
    Simone BDecember 4, 2013
    Get the lunch special half and half with fries.
  • JS K.
    JS KayJuly 22, 2014
    Definitely need to try soy garlic chicken if u haven't been here before!
  • Corey B.
    Corey BonnevilleOctober 11, 2013
    I love buffalo wings, and these are some other form of awesome!
  • Kashif K.
    Kashif KhanMarch 10, 2012
    The chicken wings. You cant go wrong with either sauce
  • Leigh Q.
    Leigh QuindaraMay 14, 2015
    This chicken will be the death of me. I can't stop eating. It's literally like crack.
  • Myra
    MyraSeptember 14, 2016
    The atmosphere is really good and so is the chicken
  • Cassie P.
    Cassie PNovember 23, 2013
    Their watermelon soju honestly tastes like a jolly rancher!
  • Dunja L.
    Dunja LazicMarch 22, 2014
    Spicy wings. Kimchi coleslaw. Mouthwatering.
  • Eric C.
    Eric CAugust 8, 2014
    Good take on chicken wings though service is a little slow
  • Kris N.
    Kris NikiMarch 28, 2011
    Try the potstickers! Amazing! The scallion pancake was fairly bland.
  • Heather H.
    Heather HDecember 6, 2014
    Wonderful Korean fried chicken. Not greasy at all.
  • Amata K.
    Amata KongJune 25, 2013
    Wings (half/half) & potstickers were fantastic!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhFebruary 18, 2015
    Their chicken is very crispy & juicy
  • Stefanie
    StefanieNovember 11, 2011
    They're slow and it's too loud but the kimchi coleslaw and soy garlic wings make up for it
  • Melanie W.
    Melanie W.August 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you have a Living Social deal, you should ask for your money back. They said they are having an iPad malfunction and won't be able to honor them.
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Gansevoort Hotel GroupDecember 20, 2010
    We love the chicken wings! Call (212) 686-8282 to order ahead..
  • Jessie
    JessieJune 16, 2012
    Wings, of course. And the best chaser: rosemary fries!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 12, 2013
    Light and crisp Korean fried chicken done right.
  • Jon D.
    Jon DAugust 11, 2014
    The spicy wings are awesome!
  • Brandon M.
    Brandon MarsalaSeptember 12, 2011
    Yogurt flavored soju might be the tastiest drink on the planet.
  • Mario L.
    Mario LJanuary 20, 2013
    Call before you go. Sat at 3 am guy says they're out of chicken. They're suppose to be open for another hour and a half!!!
  • chrix
    chrixNovember 25, 2010
    right by empire state, KFC - Korean Fried Chicken! Visit BonChon for some delicious BBQ chicken.
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole ChecoMay 18, 2015
    Happy tummy leaves this place always! Their mac and cheese wedges are awesome. Some of the best dumplings ive had & their fried chicken is really good too.
    Downvoted Sep 21
  • Hồng Loan
    Hồng LoanJanuary 9, 2013
    Very dry chicken. BonChon midtown east is still best.
  • Wei V.
    Wei VaynDecember 28, 2013
    Try the Kimchi Cole Slaw - Spicy
  • DR G.
    DR GJuly 21, 2015
    Good chicken but the place is really dirty, the music way too loud, menus are falling to pieces.
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥October 9, 2014
    Go for the spicy chicken wings...
  • Simon L.
    Simon LeungDecember 22, 2014
    Rating:1 It's hard to believe but the chicken here is...awful. From the surly staff to the replayed Justin burner songs this place is just about as unauthentic ally Korean as possible.
  • Nasser B.
    Nasser BinnassarMay 5, 2014
    The spicy fried chiken is just Wooow
  • B C.
    B ChuApril 5, 2013
    (chain) #2025/$1-10/Mon-Wed, Sun 1130-0230, Thu-Sat 1130-0430
  • Aamir K.
    Aamir KhanJune 13, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Best! Fried chicken in the area!
  • Dan E.
    Dan EntinFebruary 8, 2013
    Lunch combos are for take-out ONLY.
  • ivy♥
    ivy♥May 30, 2011
    Maybe things have changed over time but KyoChon's chicky is better. The ones from BonChon are unfortunately, bland. One good thing is: the portion is bigger!
  • Brock L.
    Brock LaBordeJuly 10, 2012
    It's the best. No matter what. Just shut up. It's the best.
  • Tavia G.
    Tavia GilmoreJanuary 2, 2012
    Ten minutes later we find out they don't have the food we want to order and are out of white meat....nice.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CDecember 23, 2012
    The chicken is absolutely amazing
  • Alexandra O.
    Alexandra OhMarch 2, 2012
    Beer and chicken after work! The best!
  • Abhinav S.
    Abhinav SuraiyaOctober 14, 2015
    Favorite wings in the city.
  • NYU Restaurateur C.
    Double-fried Korean chicken? We absolutely love it - although our arteries may not.
  • Alexandria P.
    Alexandria PhillipsMarch 9, 2013
    Amazing non spicy wings!!
  • B C.
    B ChuMay 20, 2013
    Korean fried chicken chain. #2025/$1-10/Mon-Wed, Sun 1130-0230, Thu-Sat 1130-0430
  • Emmi M.
    Emmi MendezFebruary 29, 2016
    The chicken its so addictive!!!!
  • Dario P.
    Dario PressimoneApril 26, 2010
    Dont hesitate and order the wings here. Best wings you ever had
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyAugust 23, 2015
    Addictively good Korean fried chicken.
  • Mihee C.
    Mihee ChoiFebruary 25, 2013
    Love their soy garlic chicken:)
  • Antony J.
    Antony JamesAugust 20, 2011
    Lychee soju liquor and wings good combo
  • Jason
    JasonOctober 7, 2014
    Get the garlic/original wings and a beer
  • Stefanie Z.
    Stefanie ZDecember 19, 2012
    Stuff your face!!!! Wish we had one close by =[
  • Ron R.
    Ron RFebruary 5, 2012
    Love the rough wooden walls
  • Norman P.
    Norman P.November 5, 2010
    It's been 25 mins & all we've were our glasses of tap water. The service kinda sucks. Not even a passby to reassure us that the food will be out soon. They need a faster kitchen. I'm starving. Boo!
  • Booie
    BooieMay 21, 2015
    Im surprised its like a bar here
  • Terence L.
    Terence LiangNovember 27, 2012
    Great chicken wing here.
  • Marc F.
    Marc FloresApril 1, 2013
    Never order the calamari. Stick with the chicken wings.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BroitmanSeptember 7, 2014
    6 wings and drums, spicy!
  • Afro l.
    Afro lynneMay 15, 2014
    Very very weak soju cocktails. It's literally like juice. Pass on that n get a real drink instead.
  • Dylan H.
    Dylan HughesOctober 16, 2016
    Amazing sevice
  • Sonlay V.
    Sonlay VorachakJune 7, 2011
    Get a refreshing pitcher of hoegaarden with your chicken
  • David D.
    David D.August 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Opening the week of August 9, 2010....Can't wait for the BEST Korean fried chicken's return to the neighborhood!
  • Mike B.
    Mike B.February 15, 2013
    Plan on napping and showering post-meal. Simultaneously.
  • Alejandro M.
    Alejandro MoraNovember 8, 2015
    Perfect chicken cutlet
  • Jonathan A.
    Tacos are unbelievably good!
  • Dorothy M.
    Dorothy McGivneyFebruary 15, 2013
    Great diet food.
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonMarch 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken here is much better than Kyochon on the corner (way too salty!).
  • Philip S.
    Philip StottFebruary 4, 2016
    Chicken and beer
  • Pisa W.
    Pisa WaikAugust 2, 2011
    Do yourself a favor and go to Boka on St Mark instead. They also serve Bonchon chicken but in a much better quality. Here it's too greasy. Very disappointed.
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan MendezDecember 26, 2010
    Only get spicey if you're planning on ordering a beer.
  • Christopher A.
    Christopher A.January 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent bulgogi "tacos"!
  • Marjorie W.
    Marjorie WJanuary 20, 2015
    Best fried chicken!
  • Mark L.
    Mark LombardiJanuary 28, 2016
    The Chicken Tacos
  • Running with S.
    avoid. the chairs are fabric, and dirty. lunch time is the worst. Forgetful if you ask for something, and the food is sub par.
  • Dana G.
    Dana GagliardiMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best chicken ever!!!!
  • Ryan Z.
    Ryan ZhangMarch 7
    Why is this place so dark, never know when it's open
  • Benedetta S.
    Benedetta SpreaficoAugust 22, 2011
    These guys are very...zzzz......zz.....zzzzz. SLOW!
  • James L.
    James LeeJanuary 14, 2012
    Avoid coming here for food. Quality has dropped a lot. Service is good though.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MarieOctober 10, 2011
    Living social coupon is no longer valid here!! WTF!
  • saehoon l.
    saehoon leeSeptember 18, 2010
    Awesome place for monday night football
  • Roy L.
    Roy LeeAugust 26, 2010
    Sickest spot in k town! Won't find anything better!
  • Jeffrey S.
    Jeffrey ShynnJanuary 9, 2013
    Drums > wings
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick MoyseJuly 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious wings must tryyy
  • Benjamin L.
    Benjamin LeeJune 4, 2012
    They have Carlsberg
  • Jim P.
    Jim PhatAugust 13, 2010
    About 20 minutes wait for your food to be ready. Even for take-outs.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroOctober 22, 2011
    meat candy at it's finest!
  • Elaine H.
    Elaine HeApril 25, 2014
    Wish my roommate a good luck to get H1B
  • Brock L.
    Brock LaBordeJuly 10, 2012
    More please!
  • Juan Lyn K.
    Juan Lyn KhooSeptember 24, 2013
    Don't order the pancake. Horrible pan fried defrosted stuff
  • Luis
    LuisAugust 1, 2011
    Beware LivingSocial voucher users. Their iPad system is down so they aren't honoring it today.
  • Dino O.
    Dino OAugust 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order ahead of time. Win.
  • Tavia G.
    Tavia GilmoreJanuary 2, 2012
    This place is pretty hip
  • christopher g.
    christopher grossAugust 23, 2010
    Wow, service here is completely crappy, sit down and prepare to be ignored. . .
  • Angela G.
    Angela GreeneJanuary 13, 2011
    Chicken candy.
  • Dario P.
    Dario PressimoneMay 3, 2010
    Amazing. Order 2 dozen...
  • Tuckman L.
    Tuckman LauFebruary 28, 2013
    They are real slow here.
  • Dan B.
    Dan BAugust 11, 2010
    Been waiting here for 35 mins for lunch order....stay away
  • Cary S.
    Cary SSeptember 11, 2010
    20 minutes.... Still no chicken. Are they plucking them in the back? Hungry
  • Chad H.
    Chad HoganJanuary 31, 2013
    This place is horrible! dried out food and terrible service!!
  • Justin Z.
    Justin ZaleskiSeptember 7, 2013
  • Felix L.
    Felix LoraAugust 17, 2011
    Fuck them and fuck their bullshit service. I'm glad I walked out on them.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SokAugust 29, 2010
    Awful service
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge ChavezJune 27, 2015
    Alitas orgásmicas
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