The new 6,263-square-foot franchise location at East 42nd Street and Madison Avenue will employ more than 200 people, per the company's website, and be owned by Ellie Kim, a first-generation Korean immigrant.
Their upcoming FiDi location near the intersection of Fulton Street and Broadway promises more grandeur, with floor-to-ceiling windows and "a rooftop terrace that offers unimpeded views of Freedom Tower."
Kai Dubois, 43, waited in a car outside the Rockefeller Center Chick-fil-A while his mother went in to grab them a couple sandwiches.
Dubois, a longtime activist, said "a lot of CEOs are bad in general," and that it would be hard to get large swaths of the population to boycott all those businesses. "It takes publicity, public awareness," he added. "Unless that happens, people are living their lives."
It's not really clear what additional press could derail Chick-fil-A's further expansion into the city. Ciavatta expressed hope that people would chose to eat at more mom-and-pop restaurants, even if they served meat.
"There's just so many more options than allowing Chick-fil-A to get into New York and just bring all this loaded history with them," Ciavatta said. "I'm saying this as a vegan -- support your local chicken place, if that's what you want to do.”