MIDTOWN, Manhattan — Chick-fil-A fans will finally get their fix in Manhattan when the fast-food chain opens its first free-standing spot in midtown this weekend, but there are some features they may not recognize.
The three-story restaurant at the corner of West 37th Street and 6th Avenue, opens at 6 a.m. Saturday.
Here are three ways the New York City Chik-fil-A will be different than all the others:
1. Customers’ orders will be placed on iPads:
The restaurant has been designed to fit the fast-paced lifestyle of New Yorkers. Each Chick-fil-A worker at the Midtown location will have an iPad to take customers’ orders while they wait in line, according to Chick-fil-A website. When the customers reach the counter, their food will hopefully be ready for them, reducing the wait-time and congestion.
2. There will be new menu items that aren’t found in every Chick-fil-A location:
Breakfast specials like the egg white chicken grill, only founded in select Philadelphia, Memphis, Georgia, and Inland Empire locations, will make their debut at the NYC location.
3. Chick-fil-A has partnered with local businesses in New York and New Jersey for its ingredients:
All of its flaxseed flour flatbread with come from Damascus Bakery, based in Brooklyn. Fresh produce will be grown in New York and New Jersey and will be provided by Food Authority, based in Oceanside, N.Y. Its bread will be delivered daily from Automatic Rolls, based in Edison, N.J.
The Manhattan location will be the chain’s largest restaurant so far, employing 180 full- and part-time workers. It is also one of 88 locations set to open across the country in 2015, opening up more than 7,400 new jobs to potential employees.
Chick-fil-A expects the new midtown location to be the highest-grossing restaurant for them. The restaurant is prepared for large volume of customers to come in and has created an ordering system to expedite long lines.