It was a beautiful sunny, mild Saturday afternoon in bustling New York City and all I could think about was fried chicken. Being from the south, my mouth was salivating for that crispy crunchy salty skin that’s the incredibly delectable barrier before my teeth enter into the juicy center of a chicken leg. I thought to myself – Quest Love’s Hybrid Restaurant would fill this craving. The man knows how to produce some mean music so I assumed he would have the same commitment and dedication to his first food venture!
I arrive in the often over crowded Chelsea Market and was quick to find the place of my desire – Hybrid. The booth (for lack of a better word to describe the place) was tucked off in a corner. If you weren’t looking for some fried bird you might not even notice it was there!
The decor – hip. The employees – perky. The menu – definitely not fast food prices.
Speaking of the menu, I am quite pleased that they kept it rather simple. Eating in a city where everything is a fusion, it was nice to know I can have either 2, 4, 6 or 12 pieces of chicken, a biscuit, and a small assortment of sides which included Mornay’s Truffled Egg, Creme de la Crab, and Cheesed & Chard. Everything looked interesting and not overwhelming, but to be completely honest, I just wanted chicken.
Hybrid only serves drumsticks. Some may wonder what happens to the rest of the meat, but in my opinion it is the best part to be served in a Southern fried manner. I ordered 6 pieces, which came up to a whooping $21.00 (I had my starving other half with me, otherwise I would have only opted for two) and a biscuit with honey, which rang in at only $2.00. I figured that this combination would show me the true colors of this new hip hop slash Asian eatery. I was so excited that I could not wait to tear open the incredibly cute box and see what the question mark was all about.
First thoughts – crispy, flavorful, ‘that’s a HUGE piece of chicken was that thing taking steroids?’
I love a healthy piece of chicken but this was honestly larger than the average drumstick. After devouring my first leg, I was ready to inhale the second. To my disappointment, it was not cooked all the way through. Talk about a real mood killer! Not only did I pay a premium for chicken, but now the meal I was craving was no longer edible. I thought maybe it was just that one, but turns out the rest of the box was too. I was sad. My adventure had ended. I grudgingly ate the otherwise delicious biscuit with creamy true-to-taste honey butter and discarded the beautifully chic box the chicken came in.
I was so sad.
Conclusion: Hybrid is a great concept for a city that lacks the true taste buds to curate a phenomenal Southern feast. Quest Love was correct in pursing a food venture that is connected with a well known culinary great and that caters directly to his current audience. However, he failed at providing a quality experience that lived up to the cost of the meal. Maybe he needs to find smaller chickens or cook the legs a little longer. He just needs to do whatever it takes to produce a great expereince from his restaurant like he does with his music.
I give Hybrid two hearts out of five.