TGI Fry-Day: Karage Ponzu (Fried Chicken) at Tabata Noodle

TGI Fry-Day

Explorations of the frying arts.


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How do you precede a mighty bowl of comforting chicken and coconut broth at Midtown's Tabata Noodle? These mild nuggets of juicy chicken ($6) with grated radish on top. The thin craggy batter emphasizes nooks and crannies over absolute crispness, but for the price, and the mild sweet onion flavors that accompany the chicken and subtle radish, it's a fine start to the meal. A sprinkling of white pepper only helps.

Tabata Noodle

540 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10018 (map)

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.

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