Urban Chicken – Doomed?

8/25/2009:

Man – I walk six miles a day – and I miss stuff? What the hell is wrong with me?

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Urban Chicken Not Open…

A few weeks back – I received a few emails about Urban Chicken being closed… I went and investigated, and it appeared just to be some internal repairs that were needed – and only temporary.

However, I get a bunch more emails recently citing the same situation (and I assumed they were still having issues) – but checked it out yesterday evening – and it appears the place is scrapped and doomed! I asked a neighbor what the deal was and she said “They went out of business two weeks ago!”

What the hell happened? Did Cluck-U Chicken send a giant deliver of “F-U” to the previous reigning champ of Hoboken Chicken? What gives? Is Hoboken a “One Chicken Town?”

See other (now meaningless) updates after the jump…

5/14/2007:

Was called “Chicken & Rib Crib”, now called Urban Chicken. I wonder if directory assistance operators will confuse “Urban Chicken” with the Hoboken “Urban Kitchen“…

Urban Chicken Hoboken old Chicken Rib Crib

Read back about 8 months ago when these renovations began and see contact info below.

9/21/06 Update:

They shut down a few days ago for renovations. Aaraa, Rib Crib along with the rest of the building are being renovated.

The owner of Rib Crib plans to spruce up the place a bit. Remodeled and updated interior, revised / improved menu, and some outdoor seating with an ice-cooler so you can BYOB and eat some hot wings outside on the nice days of spring, summer and fall.

He’s unsure whether they’ll re-open in December, as Aaraa is promising. It’d be nice if they did, or some time around then. Last year, Rib Crib sold 20,000 chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s like a bar not being able to open on St. Patty’s day.

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Description – Chicken & Rib Takeout.
Services – Fried chicken, wings, buffalo wings. Take Out, Delivery
Address – 630 Washington St, Hoboken, New Jersey ( NJ ) 07030-4908
Telephone – (201) 420-7173
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See “Chicken wing week” review when they were open below

July 2006

Seeing we’re on this all out blitz to sample various chicken wings, today seemed to be a great fit for a lunch snack at what seems to be the most popular place for wings in Hoboken.

I didn’t order delivery, so no word on how long it would have taken. However, judging from the three people just lounging around in the store, and no phones ringing, I’d reckon it would have been less than 1/2 hour.

Take a look at this simple blue box to keep the items organized.
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I placed a simple order. 10 Hot Wing “dinner” (even though it was lunch). Cost: $10.05. Comes with fries and a bun. I really cannot understand why this bun is included. Maybe with chicken fingers, so you can have a little whimsical fun making a mini sandwich, but unnecessary with this particular concoction.

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The wings themselves were pretty good. I wouldn’t say great. The flavor of the sauce was very good, and they were crispy and meaty. However, there’s a lot of skin on these puppies, and I found the meat rather difficult to pull from the bone. Not a good sign (I have all my teeth). A paltry 2oz. of bleu cheese per 10 wings also not enough. No celery or carrots, either. French fries on the other hand, were excellent! I’ve had them before soggy, and they kinda sucked. Request crispy. Same with the wings if you want the meat to pull off bone properly.

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I guess for “takeout wings” nothing else in Hoboken compares (such as Domino’s or Wings to Go, or the midget (pigeon) wings you get at chinese places), but I wouldn’t rank these as the “best” wings in town overall. Found them to be a bit over priced (on a cost per wing basis), a bit tough to manage. What can you say? I do like their regular crispy fried chicken though. Excellent!

Maybe being in a bar makes certain wings taste better, who knows. We’ll see. Many more wing evaluations (and Mylanta) to come!

After this week, wings will be banned until Thanksgiving. I swear! (perhaps reviews of health food stores or fitness centers are in order?)

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145 Comments on "Urban Chicken – Doomed?"

plywood
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plywood

The guy that used to be the cook here keeps stopping me on the street and asking for money.

justaview
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justaview

He’s he all clucked up?

In response to plywood who said:
The guy that used to be the cook here keeps stopping me on the street and asking for money.

justaview
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justaview

I mean is he all clucked up? I guess I’m the one who’s clucked up after all!

In response to justaview who said:
He’s he all clucked up?

plywood
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plywood

He’s REALLY clucked up. He told me his career really laid an egg and now he’s just winging it. To make matters worse his main chick flew the coop on him, and he looked really fried. I grilled him about his life now, he told me he’s writing a book about his old job which he is hoping will be a “pullet surprise”. I told him if he had any more nuggets to keep me abreast. I asked him if he wanted to go out for omelets, but he told me he had had his fill of mixed-up kids, they always seemed to have a leg up on him. However, I thought he was buffaloing me, and that he just wanted to go hit the sauce again.

In response to justaview who said:
I mean is he all clucked up? I guess I’m the one who’s clucked up after all!

justaview
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justaview

LOL

In response to plywood who said:
He’s REALLY clucked up. He told me his career really laid an egg and now he’s just winging it. To make matters worse his main chick flew the coop on him, and he looked really fried. I grilled him about his life now, he told me he’s writing a book about his old job which he is hoping will be a “pullet surprise”. I told him if he had any more nuggets to keep me abreast. I asked him if he wanted to go out for omelets, but he told me he had had his fill of mixed-up kids, they always seemed to have a leg up on him. However, I thought he was buffaloing me, and that he just wanted to go hit the sauce again.

plywood
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plywood

Maybe we’re bird of a feather.

In response to justaview who said:
LOL

strand tramp
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strand tramp

do you live in a home with a room that has a high heat source? also know as a stove…
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ezl
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“The sad part is there’s no place left in town to get plain old fried chicken. Perhaps petitioning the Hoboken Cluck-U to carry it, as others in the chain do, might actually yield some results.”
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FYI, Cluck U started serving fried chicken a month or two back. It’s not on their menu but they have signs inside. I tried it – it was just “OK”, IMO, but that’s really a matter of taste…

plywood
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plywood

It’s a shame that Urban Chicken closed. It was really good chicken, the best in town. Especially the wings. And they were all great guys there, wish them well. Like a host of other independents, Hoboken is something different then when they opened, and I guess the numbers didn’t work.

MidnightRacer
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… it appears to be the work of a chicken choker

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