Chicken sandwich fast-food chain Chick-fil-A has opened its largest location in Downtown Manhattan in the Financial District.
Located at 144 Fulton Street next to Fulton Center Station, the new Chick-fil-A has 12,000 square feet and a rooftop terrace (pictured above). The restaurant features five levels, kiosk ordering technology, and seating for 140 guests.
The restaurant is owned and operated by downtown resident Luke Cook and will employ more than 150 team members. This is the fourth Chick-fil-A to open in Manhattan.
Born and raised in Hammond, LA, Cook has been with Chick-fil-A for more than ten years. He started as an hourly Chick-fil-A team member at a restaurant in Atlanta before working his way to becoming a local franchise owner of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Pennsylvania and later in his hometown in Louisiana. Cook and his family relocated to Lower Manhattan in 2017 to open Chick-fil-A Fulton Street.
“My family and I are honored to be opening a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Lower Manhattan, a part of the city we’ve always loved,” Cook said. “We’re so happy to be living, working and raising our children in the most vibrant city and neighborhood in the world. We want this restaurant to be a gathering place for everyone in the community.”
The restaurant features two kitchens, including a basement-level kitchen for cold food prep, three levels of dining for 140 guests, a semi-private group meeting and dining space, and a rooftop terrace. To connect each level, a staircase will extend from the fourth level to the ground floor, accentuated by a skylight.
Nearly everything on the Chick-fil-A menu is made from scratch daily, including hand-rolled biscuits, salads made from fresh vegetables and fruit that is hand-chopped throughout the day. The lemonade is fresh-squeezed and is made from three simple ingredients: lemon juice, sugar and water. Like all Chick-fil-A restaurants, the chicken served in this restaurant will be 100 percent whole breast meat, without any fillers, hormones or additives. Each chicken breast is hand-breaded to order and pressure cooked in 100 percent refined peanut oil, which is naturally trans-fat- and cholesterol-free. By the end of 2019, the companys ays every Chick-fil-A restaurant will serve chicken raised without antibiotics.