New York City Chick-fil-A lovers can eat the controversial fried chicken with the sun on their face, with a new five-floor location with a rooftop terrace — the largest ever — now open in the Financial District.
Starting today, the 12,000-square-foot franchise space, at 144 Fulton St. between Nassau Street and Broadway, opens up to the public for its roster of beloved fried chicken sandwiches. The five-level location has 140 seats, two kitchens, a semi-private dining area, and of course that rooftop terrace with a view of the World Trade tower.
When this location was first announced, press materials announced that the design was built to “give a subtle impression of the Twin Towers” as an homage to the site of 9/11. That language has now been scrubbed, and instead the design purportedly has no specific inspiration.
Chick-fil-A is not without its complications. The company has a history of donating to anti-LGBTQ causes, with millions of dollars of the chain’s past profits funding groups that oppose same-sex and support conversion therapy. On the other end of the spectrum, the NYC locations have donated more than 17,000 pounds of food to New York Common Pantry, an organization that feeds the hungry.
This is the fourth location now open in NYC, following the opening of one near Grand Central earlier this month. Chick-fil-A Fulton Street is now open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (the religious company famously does not open on Sundays).