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Delivery-Only Hit Pecking House to Unveil First Fried Chicken Sandwich at Weekend Pop-Up

Plus, Burmese hit Rangoon is crowdfunding to open in Manhattan — and more intel

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Chile spiked fried chicken from Pecking House
Eric Huang’s Pecking House fried chicken
Daniel Brennan / Pecking House [Official]

Pecking House is debuting a fried chicken sandwich at its latest pop-up

The chile-fried chicken that took NYC by storm during the pandemic is dropping yet another iteration of poultry that may only add to its over-the-top demand. Beginning at noon on June 19, chef Eric Huang is introducing Pecking House’s first fried chicken sandwich at a another pop-up inside the Lower East Side’s Market Line at Essex Crossing — following a sold-out, in-person debut at the food hall last month.

Huang, a former chef at Eleven Madison Park, shared with Eater additional details about the new $12 entrant: A crispy buttermilk-brined chicken breast glazed with dark soy caramel comes sandwiched on a brioche bun with charred cabbage slaw and pineapple jam.

If Pecking House’s first in-person pop-up last month is any indication, guests should expect long lines (it already takes weeks to get a delivery). The pop-up is being used as a lab of sorts, Huang says, as he continues hunting for a permanent location, mostly likely in Brooklyn. Huang was originally looking at a Park Slope location but that deal fell through, he tells Eater.

In other news

— The new Margaritavillle Resort Times Square is slated to open July 1 and has been giving first looks into Jimmy Buffet’s 32-story hotel.

— Local oyster farmers are expecting a big summer, the Times reports.

— Burmese hit Rangoon in Crown Heights is aiming to raise $250,000 through a crowdfunding investment campaign with eyes on opening a Manhattan location, co-owner Daniel Bendjy tells Eater.

— Chef John Fraser, who took over pastry icon Claudia Fleming’s North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, has quietly launched the Food Truck, which is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays throughout June; and Wednesdays to Sundays starting in July. The menu focuses on smoked vegetables and meats.

Thaimee Love, the Thai pop-up from Hong Thaimee, is in its home stretch and will close in mid July, according to a representative. Until then, the West Village spot is open 5 to 10 p.m. except on Sundays and Mondays.

— The Loisaida Community Fridge and Pantry, located at 602 East Ninth Street on Avenue B, launches June 15 at 11 a.m., per EV Grieve.

— Beer fans have long awaited d.b.a’s reopening, which takes place today at noon after temporarily closing in March of last year.

The Goods Mart, 189 Lafayette Street, is bringing back its Jamaican Cookouts series on June 19 from noon to 4 p.m. Derron Williams, a UPS worker who’s delivered snack boxes for the shop, plans to serve jerk chicken, pulled pork, and more.

— Nearly 40 restaurants across NYC are participating in Brunello Week, from June 14 to 20, to help promote the Italian wines with special pairing menus that highlight a wine region with no visitors in the past year.

— Ready for summer: