Hybird's Fried Chicken
Drumsticks only, brined, dredged, buttermilk-dipped, and dredged again for a thick, flaky coating. Think Popeye's, but at several times the cost.
Other than the question marks, Quest's branding is subtle.
The staff are friendly, professional, and quick to answer any question.
Drumstick ($4 each)
The crust is seasoned well but has trouble adhering to the bird. Bite with gusto.
The meat within is tender, pretty juicy, and subtly but decidedly chicken-y.
Watermelon-Jalapeno Slushy ($4.50)
This was, surprisingly, my favorite of what we tried. It's thick and pulpy, not too sweet, with a sneaky heat that sends you right back for another sip. It's a pint of slushy, if not more—the greatest value on the menu.
Creme de la Crab ($7)
Witness Hybird's crab rangoon, delicately pleated with irony and fried until crisp but ever so slightly chewy. Opinions were mixed on this one, but crab rangoon lovers, you know who you are.
Creme de la Crab Innards
Bits o' crab. Lots o' cream cheese.
Curry Up Chicken ($7)
The best dumplings we tried, though still overpriced for the payload. The thin steamed skins give way to a surprisingly curry-forward chicken filling. If you have to get a Questlove dumpling, get this Questlove dumpling.
Curry Up Chicken Innards
Discrete chunks of chicken with herbs and spices.
Look, not all dumplings are pretty on the inside.
Cheesed & Chard ($7)
These deflated potstickers have a serious crust, but that's about all we enjoyed. The filling is one part cheese, one part chard, one part oil.
Cheesed & Chard
Flat, flat dumpling.
Cheesed & Chard
But that crust! Why can't all potstickers have this crust?
Tom Yum Cupcake ($3.50)
Coconut, lemongrass, and makrud lime are bold flavors on paper, but they don't quite deliver here. We found the cakes to be a little dry, but there are far worse cupcakes in New York.
Miso Ho-ney Cupcake ($3.50)
A corn-flavored cake with a miso-honey buttercream. The miso doesn't come out too clearly, so the buttercream more or less tastes like honey butter. This one had its fans, presumably those who dig large hunks of honey butter on their cornbread.
Sexual Chocolate Cupcake ($3.50)
There's decent chocolate buttercream here, but the chocolate cake is too dry.