My friend and I were ordering our Subway sandwiches when the guy fixing my sandwich urged me to go next door for free samples of chicken. You can't miss this place with it's bright orange awning. they are not open yet, but were giving the neighborhood a preview of their "funke chicken", their take on korean fried chicken. this is quite popular in nyc, where i am live . what i received was fried chicken with 2 sauces, one spicy and one more sweet. the skin/batter was light and stayed very crisp and crunchy even with the sauce coating.
the spicy coating was not like buffalo wing sauce, but had more depth and had more korean-esque flavor. the sweet barbecue was soy based. both were delicious. the chicken was moist as well. the chicken came with celery sticks and korean style mashed potatoes which were also tasty.
there were a good amount of people eating here and one of the owners went around talking about what other offering they will have including korean burritos with a western edge, dumplings (potstickers), bi bim bop, and salads. He was very friendly and the other owner was in the kitchen frying up chicken. According to my friend who lives in the neighborhood, the place used to be Ricebox and a lot has been done with the decor. She says it looks more inviting and bright and the seating has changed to communal tables along with counter seating as well.
We were told the restaurant will be opening up either later this week or next week. Printed menus were not yet ready. If the chicken is any indication of how other offerings will be, i am sure Crisp will be a hit. I will be back next time I am in Chicago.