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Double Chicken Please Inches Toward Full Opening Plans With an Expanded Menu and Back Bar

Plus, Harlem Shake is headed to Brooklyn — and more intel

Several sandwich board signs hang on a wall together, advertising food and drink specials in a dimly lit bar Sahid Limon/Double Chicken Please [Official]

Double Chicken Please opens its back bar with an expanded menu

After close to a year of serving fried chicken sandwiches and cocktails on tap, Double Chicken Please opens its back bar this week with an expanded food and drink menu. With the expansion, owners GN Chan and Faye Chen are inching toward their original plans for the cocktail bar, which included having a front and back bar with distinct menus and vibes.

Double Chicken Please will continue to serve sandwiches and “taptails” up front in a casual setting, according to the Instagram post, while its back bar will be more “intimate, whimsical, and experimental.” ⁠⁠⁠⁠Chan originally conceived of the back space as a way to serve an elaborate multi-course menu of food and drink pairings, where “the food will be the drink, and the drink will be the food,” he told Eater at the time of the opening. In the meantime, customers can order chicken liver mousse and other dishes alongside a new list of cocktails modeled after food items like Japanese cold noodles and mango stick rice.

The Lower East Side cocktail bar started as a traveling pop-up out of a yellow Volkswagen minibus. Chan and Chen found a permanent home for the bar at 115 Allen Street, near Delancey Street, in November and have been serving an abbreviated menu of cocktails on tap and tofu and fried chicken sandwiches.

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— A man attempted (and failed) to set fire to Bella Union Bar in Kips Bay earlier this month, all while holding a drink, security footage shows.

— A clubstaurant with a “focus on shared plates” seeks a liquor license at 324 Grand Street, between Ludlow and Orchard streets, on the Lower East Side.

— Wingzilla, a delivery and takeout company specializing in twice-baked wings, is now operating out of DoorDash’s ghost kitchen on the Lower East Side.

— Award-winning journalist Ronan Farrow spends his Sundays eating sardines and cottage cheese on the Lower East Side.

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