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We braved the hour-long line at David Chang's Fuku

Watch out Dominique Ansel, there's a new line in town.

New Yorkers flocked to Fuku, (163 First Ave.), to get their hands on chef David Chang's brand new spicy fried chicken sandwich ($8). Naturally, we had to go to the scene to see what all the fuss was about.

The line

No one in line knew what to expect
Photo Credit: Karina Shedrofsky

No one in line knew what to expect as they waited in anticipation to get past the elusive glass door. Being brand new and all, the restaurant's only sign (for now) was taped to the door -- but we didn't have any trouble finding it because the line wrapped around the block. They even handed out water bottles to their dedicated customers.

Brian Gyss from Jersey City wasn't surprised by the length of the line, but his friends took off once they caught a glimpse of it.

"They blew their chance," he said. Good things come to those who wait.

The menu

We finally got inside after waiting an hour
Photo Credit: Karina Shedrofsky

We finally got inside after waiting an hour in line. After checking out the menu, we placed our order with the cashier and proceeded to wait another 20 minutes. There is something pleasant about small menus -- you know what you're there for. At Fuku, the drink menu is longer than the food menu, which offers the chicken sandwich, a Fuku salad ($6), and French fries ($3). There are counters and one table to sit at while you watch the magic happen and your mouth waters.

Where the magic happens

Finally a waiter arrives with your deep-fried chicken
Photo Credit: Karina Shedrofsky

Finally a waiter arrives with your deep-fried chicken on a potato bun with pickles and chickpea-flavored butter as "Hallelujah!" rings in your head.

According to Ian Sanavoi, the wait is definitely worth it.

"It's just perfectly crispy and juicy," he said.

Chang said the sandwich is only available spicy, but you shouldn't skip out on this sandwich out of fear.

Sanavoi says the sandwich is just the perfect amount of spicy, and we agree.

But for those of you who like your birds and fries even more spicy, there is the famous chili-based Momofuku ssam sauce to dip your sandwich and fries in. According to George Lu from Queens, the Korean hot sauce definitely makes it much better.

“He got it right….”

Andrew Jive from Brooklyn hasn't had Chick-fil-a in
Photo Credit: Karina Shedrofsky

Andrew Jive from Brooklyn hasn't had Chick-fil-a in years, and is happy David Chang brought something he can enjoy.

"He got it right," he said. "The bun, the texture, everything."

"It's spicy and cooked to perfection, so it kind of falls off the bone," Jive added. We aren't really sure what bone he is talking about, but we get the point.

Fuku is open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m; 163 First Ave. (between 10th and 11th St.)

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