Chicken Factory now open

7/20/2010 Update / Mini Review:

Chicken Factory: First Korean Eatery in Hoboken

What the Hoboken Chicken Factory is NOT: A full-fledged “chicken establishment.”

What the Chicken Factory IS: Hoboken’s first Korean restaurant that serves chicken wings, and other Korean-style dishes.

Much has changed since owners Kenneth Kang and his partner Cory originally planned the Chicken Factory at 529 Washington Street. Once destined to be a Korean-style chicken establishment, their focus has shifted towards “what Hoboken was lacking.” So while the name stuck – the menu has (and will) feature dishes well beyond the chicken-only premise.

Opening this past weekend, the Chicken Factory is essentially just “ramping up” their operations – and is currently using a temporary limited menu. (click to see menu)

Besides cook-to-order wings, a handful of other Korean meals are currently available while they get up to speed. For the purpose of a quick taste-test, I tried the Bulgoki – which is Korean Barbecued Beef with vegetables and rice. A very “clean” tasting meal, with tender beef and mildly spicy vegetables. I’m not sure what those extra spicy pickles are called, but they offer a great contrast to the rest of the dish. The rice was well prepared and “sticky.” The meal also came with a small miso soup, which is a very basic soup – but was one of the best I’ve had in Hoboken so far.

Want wings? Plan ahead and call your order in

One thing hungry residents ought to know: If you want to pick up some wings to sample – note that they make them to order, and take about 20 minutes. Some Hoboken411 readers had a tough time getting their orders when they walked in off the sidewalk this past weekend – suffering from frustratingly long waits. It’s the reason I chose to try the Bulgoki yesterday, because Kenneth told me how long they take, and I didn’t have the time. So phone your orders in!

Chicken Factory’s website is currently under construction – but you can follow them on Twitter.

Full menu and indoor seating expected to come in the next month or two. In the meantime, have some patience and welcome Kenneth, Cory and Chicken Factory to the neighborhood!

See previous updates – after the jump!

7/9/2010 Update:

Hoboken Chicken Factory hopes to open by July 17

Spoke with the owners of the Chicken Factory at 529 Washington Street yesterday, and they said they hope to open for business on Saturday, July 17th.

I personally can’t wait, because there is no decent dedicated chicken establishment in town at the present moment. Not even close. Their phone number is (201)683-8243 and menu coming soon.

Empty space finally occupied by Chicken Factory

3/22/2010 Update:

We’ve been debating what’s coming next to the retail spot at 529 Washington St. (formerly the home of Good Kleen Fun – and once thought to be an organic yogurt place..) – and now the debate is over.

Chicken Factory, while far from being open, has decided to play with the “chicken and egg” theory, and has installed their awning prior to any substantial interior construction. This ought to generate some good buzz for Hoboken passerby. Kudos to them for choosing an eye-catching exterior that stands out on a rather bland strip of the avenue.

Hoboken411 has already received a few emails from excited residents, who are tired of the sub-standard chicken establishments (i.e., Cluck-U Chicken – who some have said “only good when drunk.”)

Hopefully they can wow residents once they open.

1/13/2010 Update:

[Continuing the second week of the “What’s Next for Hoboken?” series here on Hoboken411…]

More retail shopping or what?

The old Good Kleen Fun spot at 529 Washington St. was originally going to become that “So Green Yogurt” but I think Hoboken may have met its quota for frozen treats (at least midtown and south).

So what shop would work here? What do people want, need or would be willing to spend money on?

Perhaps The Farside Bar & Grill next door would consider expanding into this space? Make it a giant Nintento Wii and Karaoke room or something? Just tossing ideas out there to try and help ignite the Hoboken economy a bit…

What next at Good Kleen fun spot in Hoboken NJ

8/5/2009 Update:

Doomed before they started

Word on the street is that So Green Yogurt has abandoned plans to open up in Hoboken – and the space is once again available for lease.

Suppose the yogurt trend petered out pretty quick here. So head over to Koa Koa instead!

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2/16/2009 Quick Update:

“Within a month”

Was walking down Washington Street yesterday and spoke with workers on site over at So Green Yogurt. Much progress has been made on the interior – and was told they hope to open within a month. I would have taken a photo, but was tied up with my dog Oscar, and was eating a banana split at the same time.

10/9/2008 Update:

As Hoboken411 mentioned over four months ago – here’s a little update to the So Green Yogurt site… They have a sign in the window!

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5/29/2008:

Here’s a little business update for this afternoon…

So Green Yogurt coming to Hoboken

Supposedly taking the place of Good Kleen Fun at 529 Washington Street, is So Green Yogurt.

Not sure of the opening date (they plan on enlarging/modifying the interior a bit – good luck with the permits, and get to know the H.A.T.T., folks!) but it does seem strange if the rumored Pinkberry is going to replace Emack & Bolio’s. (perhaps it was a mix-up?)

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Speaking of Good Kleen Fun, Andrea’s last day there is this Saturday, May 31st. If you’d like to stop by and wish her well, please do so. Also, her cast-iron clawfoot bathtub is for sale if you’re interested!

68 Responses

  1. yourbrainondrugs says:

    This is beyond a dream come true. I have been hoping that either a Bon Chon or Kyochon would open in Hoboken. Korean Fried chicken is amazing. Its double fried..takes them 20-30 minutes to fry the wings. This place will put Cluck-U out of business.. :mrgreen:

  2. PuckPooch says:

    I believe they are specializing in Korean Fried Chicken, one of the most amazing and tastiest fried chicken styles out there. You can Google for this. Articles about KFC (not the greasy KFC) can be found at various foodie sites and magazines. Here’s the NYTimes article:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/07/dining/07fried.html

    Normally, a 20 minute wait at these places, the wait is worth it. Extra crunchy and flavorful without the grease.

    Their store name, Chicken Factory, is a bit misleading because it makes them sound like another Cluck U or Chicken/Rib/Crib clone. In fact, it will probably be the best chicken in Hoboken. You’d have to drive to Fort Lee or NYC to get this type of chicken.

    • hoboken411 says:

      Thanks Puck! I should have waited then. Next time I’ll give it a shot.

      • PuckPooch says:

        After reading the 411 post, I called ahead my order last night for the large mixed (wings plus drumsticks) box and had them include portions in both flavors (soy garlic and spicy). Size of the store and prices were basically the same as Bon Chon and Boom Boom, the two KFC places in Fort Lee. Their rent must be a lot higher here though!

        After the standard 20 minute wait, a box of crunchy, flavorful chicken came out of the kitchen. Yup, its real KFC. When I tried the KFC at the Fort Lee places, I think both soy/garlic and spicy flavors of their sauces were a tad more intense, which I liked. The soy garlic was also stickier, leaving you with a tasty finger licking experience.

        This place will enter my circuit. Hopefully, they deliver soon!

        More articles about this style:

        The other KFC: http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen/The-Other-KFC

        From Serious Eats: seriouseats.com/recipes/2010/04/din...ht-korean-fried-chicken-recipe.html
        [quote comment=”194808″]Thanks Puck! I should have waited then. Next time I’ll give it a shot.[/quote]

  3. nbm3 says:

    This will do some damage to Cluck U. If it’s like the spots in Fort Lee, their chicken is off the hook. Tastes less greasy as well.

  4. Dr.Chico says:

    By far some of the BEST wings I have ever had – EVER. I tried both sauces, but agree that the garlic one is slightly better. These are not super cheap, but without a doubt worth it. It’s well worth the 20-25 minute wait – All should put it on their immediate “to-do” list.

    • yourbrainondrugs says:

      I put their phone# in My Contact List after my 1st visit. The place has been open a week & I have been there 3 times. Does anybody know if there is a 12 Step Program for Korean Fried Chicken ❓ [quote comment=”195184″]By far some of the BEST wings I have ever had – EVER. I tried both sauces, but agree that the garlic one is slightly better. These are not super cheap, but without a doubt worth it. It’s well worth the 20-25 minute wait – All should put it on their immediate “to-do” list.[/quote]

  5. plywood says:

    This is a hot new eating establishment and I’m not just referring the the sweet spicy chicken! Don’t stay cooped up in the same old eating venues: your complaints about their food should be as scarce as hen’s teeth. I put this place first in the Hoboken chicken pecking order.

    • emarche says:

      That review was foul.[quote comment=”195217″]This is a hot new eating establishment and I’m not just referring the the sweet spicy chicken! Don’t stay cooped up in the same old eating venues: your complaints about their food should be as scarce as hen’s teeth. I put this place first in the Hoboken chicken pecking order.[/quote]

      • plywood says:

        Hey- I could have said I liked their barbecued beef as well but that would have just been a cock and bull story.[quote comment=”195218″]That review was foul.

        [/quote]

    • mooshu says:

      😐

      😉 [quote comment=”195217″]This is a hot new eating establishment and I’m not just referring the the sweet spicy chicken! Don’t stay cooped up in the same old eating venues: your complaints about their food should be as scarce as hen’s teeth. I put this place first in the Hoboken chicken pecking order.[/quote]

  6. matt_72 says:

    Tried the chicken and loved it. This will probably be one of my few go-to places when I want takeout.

  7. DeKok says:

    We couldn’t wait to try Chicken Factory, and wrote to a friend in Seoul (who used to live in Hoboken) for advice. She told us to ask for “ban ban” — Korean for “half and half.” We did, and it didn’t phase the woman who took our order. We ordered a large Wings and Drumsticks, ban ban; what we got was a box of fried chicken pieces, half of which was the Soy-Garlic Chicken, the other half was the Sweet Spicy.

    Both flavors were delicious. The Soy-Garlic is like a teriyaki; the Sweet Spicy is nicely hot. (We also got a little container of a sweet-sour radish condiment — similar to the palette cleansing ginger you get with sushi.)

    Warning: we learned that this is definitely not “fast” food. It takes 30 minutes to prepare your order, so plan ahead. Call your order in and pick it up, or have them deliver. (We live nearby; after we ordered, we we went home, watched an inning, and returned to pick up our dinner.)

    My teenage son and I agreed: this is DEFINITELY worth doing again. (We haven’t tried their more traditional Korean dishes yet, but will do, and comment then.)

    • getz76 says:

      We did the exact same thing last night. We thought it was fantastic. My wife thought the Sweet Spicy was a bit too spicy (she’s Irish). She loved the Soy Garlic, though, as did my 19-month-old.

      Best chicken I have ever had in Hoboken. Top notch, really.[quote comment=”195244″]We couldn’t wait to try Chicken Factory, and wrote to a friend in Seoul (who used to live in Hoboken) for advice. She told us to ask for “ban ban” — Korean for “half and half.” We did, and it didn’t phase the woman who took our order. We ordered a large Wings and Drumsticks, ban ban; what we got was a box of fried chicken pieces, half of which was the Soy-Garlic Chicken, the other half was the Sweet Spicy.Both flavors were delicious. The Soy-Garlic is like a teriyaki; the Sweet Spicy is nicely hot. (We also got a little container of a sweet-sour radish condiment — similar to the palette cleansing ginger you get with sushi.)Warning: we learned that this is definitely not “fast” food. It takes 30 minutes to prepare your order, so plan ahead. Call your order in and pick it up, or have them deliver. (We live nearby; after we ordered, we we went home, watched an inning, and returned to pick up our dinner.)My teenage son and I agreed: this is DEFINITELY worth doing again. (We haven’t tried their more traditional Korean dishes yet, but will do, and comment then.)[/quote]

  8. emarche says:

    Preaching to the choir at this point, but man oh man are these wings fantastic. Quite possibly the best in Hoboken and certainly a refreshing change from the standard and (IMHO) frankly, tired, buffalo wings served up all over Hoboken. As many people have already suggested, the soy/garlic wings are a winner, but I was very pleased with the spicy wings as well. Bottom line: I know where I’ll be ordering during football season. And as far as the ordering/delivery goes, I was told 40minutes…food arrived in about 30.

    This is exactly the kind of new restaurant Hoboken needed/needs – a refreshing change. Definitely a welcome addition to Hoboken.

  9. dvmunz says:

    The best chicken ever! I am drooling over my wings right now as I post for the first time. Tell everyone you know to run, not walk, to the chicken factory. Silly name but all forgiven after one bite. Can’t wait to try their other dishes. Yummmmm

  10. princess_jewel78 says:

    A-MAZ-ING! We’ve been Boom Boom lovers for years, but it’s not at all convenient. So we’ve been resolved to eating Bon Chon and Kyo Chon, both of which are very good. But tonight, as we bit into our first drumsticks, we knew that even Boom Boom couldn’t compare to this succulent, perfectly spiced chicken.

    My husband and I shared the large wings/drumsticks, and as we approached the last of the chicken, we both agreed we could eat another whole large order. Of course, we didn’t, but we could have…and that’s the point.

    Seriously thanking the Universe for bringing Chicken(s) Factory to our ‘hood!!!

    PROS:
    Best KFC EVER!
    Great pricing!
    Perfect amount of spice on the spicy (at Kyo Chon we cannot enjoy the meal it’s so hot!)
    HUGE, MEATY wings and drumsticks!

    CONS:
    We only got one order!!

  11. girlboken says:

    I had a double order of spicy and soy garlic a couple weeks ago and was very disturbed that they served celery and carrot sticks with ranch dressing on the side instead of pickled daikon. I hope that Chicken Factory isn’t catering to the stupid gringos in town who apparently think that celery and chicken wings are de rigueur. If you want celery and carrots, go to Atomic Wings. Give me pickled daikon!

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