Korean fried chicken temple Pelicana is expanding into Greenwich Village this summer.
The chain, which makes some of the city’s juiciest Korean fried chicken, plans to open a new location at 52 East Eighth St., between Mercer and Greene streets on June 1. It will be a 1,000-square-foot spot, and its second outpost in Manhattan.
Pelicana serves some of city’s top wings, as well as whole chicken or boneless chicken, available in half or full sizes and usually drenched in its signature sauce yangnyum tong-dak, made with traditional Korean spices, including garlic, onion, and gochujang.
The restaurant was founded in South Korea in 1982 and has since grown into thousands of locations around the world. It was one of the first Korean brands to commercialize fried chickens for delivery in the country, changing the way Koreans ate and viewed the meal.
Pelicana has had a presence in the U.S. since 2014 and opened several locations in Brooklyn and Queens before arriving in Manhattan’s Koreatown in 2017. This isn’t the first fast-casual fried chicken chain to expand in Manhattan in recent months — popular Taiwanese brand TKK Fried Chicken also opened an outpost last November.
The new location of Pelicana will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.