Eat and Drink Chick-fil-A NYC opens October 3, 2015 By MELISSA KRAVITZ Updated October 1, 2015 3:16 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email New York City's first official Chick-fil-A opens Sat., Oct. 3. The following day, the restaurant will be closed, as are all Chick-fil-A franchise around the country on Sundays. "We provide a day off for the restaurant team members," Said Ryan Holmes, an Urban Strategy Consultant for Chick-fil-A. "There are no plans to change that." While some know Chick-fil-A as the inventor of the chicken sandwich, others associate the brand with staunchly conservative politics, known for donating large sums of money to anti-LGBT organizations. "I was boycotting it for years because of the way they treated their gay employees and the funding they gave to anti-gay groups," said Tyler Burrow, who works as a publicist in Manhattan. "When the news also came out they they had a non-discrimination policy, I was happy. There still may be hatred in the company but sometimes you need to move on and let people progress at their own rate." Comparing the situation to befriending a former bully, Burrows said he would eat at the new Chick-fil-A soon. "We're a business, not a political organization, we're here to serve everyone and looking forward to serving all types of people," said Holmes. The "business" however, will lose a seventh of its potential revenue each week by closing every Sunday. Holmes noted that the restaurant's proximity to Herald Square, Times Square and Bryant Park makes it a good tourist stop. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Every Chick-Fil-A is run by an owner-operator, aka franchisee. Manhattan's first will be run by Oscar Fittipaldi, a former member of the Argentine Navy who has a passion for service. "We want to revolutionize New York City by delivering great food and great service," he said in a speech to the media. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Even before opening day, Chick-Fil-A is planning to expand in NYC. A second restaurant at 46th and 6th is slated to open in the first quarter of 2016 and the company estimates adding 15-20 more in the coming years. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz "We want it to be like a Chipotle or Chop't," said Holmes. Locations in Jersey City and on Long Island are also slated to open this year. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz While fried chicken has recently resonated well with New Yorkers' palates (see: the line outside Fuku), representatives of Chick-Fil-A are aware that more Southern items like sweet tea and chicken biscuits may take some getting used to. To start, Chick-Fil-A NYC plans to serve 200 gallons of sweet tea a day; 30,000 pickles are also planned to be served daily. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Just for New Yorkers, an English muffin, cheese, egg and chicken breakfast sandwich will debut on the menu, and perhaps make it to other stores in the chain next year. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Inside, Chick-fil-A will operate similar to a drive-thru, or upstream ordering, with servers taking orders on tablets as customers move through the line and eventually pick up a meal. Chick-fil-A's employees are known for being friendly, as evidenced by gigantic toothpaste-commercial smiles displayed at Thursday's media preview. "We know New Yorkers want everything really quickly, so we're training our employees to read the customer," said Holmes. That means employees will get chatty with tourists but let New Yorkers grab their food and go. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz On the menu: chicken. Sourced from "regional farms," according to an employee, produce served in the restaurant will be from New York and New Jersey and baked goods from Brooklyn and Jersey as well. Menu items range from fried chicken sandwiches to grilled nuggets to salads to a new Greek yogurt fruit parfait and more. A Chick-fil-A meal, which includes a sandwich, waffle fries and a beverage, costs $7.95 and ranges from 740-1040 calories. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Chick-fil-A's signature chicken sandwich is dipped in a milk and egg wash and breaded in-house. It takes just over 4 minutes to cook. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Chick-fil-A has both ground floor and basement kitchens. A food elevator functions between the kitchens to help deliver ingredients. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Almost 200 employees will start at the bi-level Chick-fil-A in the coming weeks. Currently, Chick-fil-A employees from all over the country are helping to open the new location. Some have never been to NYC before. They're staying in Jersey. Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, customers will line up outside Chick-fil-A to try and win a year of free meals when the restaurant officially opens Saturday morning. For now, plenty of passersby looked in eagerly, begged for entry or shook their heads at the impending Chick-fil-A opening. By MELISSA KRAVITZ Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.