There’s a lot of cool sh*t that goes on in K-Town these days that you need to know about, most of which happens out of sight on second floors. What, you didn’t realize some of the better Korean fried chicken in NYC is through a dumpy pizza joint entrance on 5th Ave. and 31st? Well, now you know. Welcome to Turntable Chicken Jazz.
Turntable is kind of like K-Town’s version of TGI Fridays meets Justin Timberlake’s Southern Hospitality. So it’s by no means a traditional Korean dining experience. Nope. They serve cucumber martinis and pitchers of beer in steaming, neon vats; they have a DJ booth and vinyl records all over the walls; and they bang lots of Bieber on the sound system. It’s somehow not too cheesy, though. It’s not not cheesy, but even despite all of the above characteristics, Turntable is not only a place we approve of, but are excited to come back to. And let’s be real, the more Bieber the better. You don’t even have to feel ashamed anymore.
Turntable serves crowd-pleasing, modernized Korean fare that’s impossible not to enjoy. Think next-level Bonchon (if you’re unfamiliar, the McDonald’s of Korean fried chicken). The fried chicken wings, served either spicy or sweet and sour, are the reason you’re coming here. The rest of the menu, which includes an Instagram-worthy sword made of thinly sliced fried potatoes (on a stick!) and an awesome bulgogi burger, is just as satisfying.
Turntable Chicken is one of the most fun restaurants in K-Town. It’s great for big groups and a solid spot for dining around Madison Square Garden and Penn Station.
And remember: just because you can’t see it from the street doesn’t mean it ain’t there.
The big ticket. Underneath a crazy crisp layer, Turntable offers plump, juicy chicken that comes in plus-sized wing and drum form. You can mix and match to your heart’s content from their Hot & Spicy and Soy Garlic flavors, which we appreciate. Most restaurants won’t let you get a variety of different flavors in one order, so points for flexibility.
Another batch, because we can’t get enough chicken wings. Order ’em.
They also do boneless wings too... Just saying.
AKA fried potato skins on a stick, covered in spicy sauce. Yup, you’re gonna need a couple of these.
It looks amazing, but this dish was actually disappointing. The rice was mealy and flavorless, and our egg was way overcooked and gummy. Skip it.
How glorious is the Turntable bulgogi burger? It’s essentially the greatest sloppy joe that exists, with all kinds of spicy Korean sauce flavors going on and thick, salty, extra crispy fries. Order this.
These rotate colors and come with cups. Be sure to dig out that blacklight Bob Marley poster from under your bed - it could get some post-college bonus run. Serious question though, do they still sell posters? Is that still a thing?
They got lots of not-really-dirty martinis on the menu here. That’s how they do at Turntable. Drink up.