MANHATTAN – A taste of cajun country is coming to Yorkville as Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen starts construction on its upcoming Upper East Side location, transforming the space on Third Avenue between East 88th and 89th Streets formerly occupied by Roma’s Pizza into a fried chicken restaurant.
A large ‘coming soon’ banner hangs outside the new fast food spot to let neighbors know a “Louisiana kitchen [is] gettin’ crafted.” Construction workers inside told Upper East Site today that the new fried chicken-centric fast food restaurant will open in two months— putting the Grand Opening of the new Popeye’s sometime in mid November.
If you haven’t been to a Popeye’s before, its chicken sandwich is the star— in fact, Popeye’s set off the chicken sandwich wars between fast food restaurants when it introduced its sandwich in 2019, drawing big lines and sellouts of the sandwich at many Popeye’s locations.
The frenzy also drew the ire of its fast food competitors and turned into a full-on Twitter beef between the companies vying for the attention of chicken sandwich loyalists.
Popeye’s opens on Third Avenue to a crowded market for fried-chicken options. Just two blocks south, Chick-fil-a’s UES store near the corner of East 86th Street and Third Avenue is perpetually busy, with a line out the door and cars double and triple parked to pickup delivery orders.
There’s also stiff competition from Chicken Insider— an independent restaurant nearby on Second Avenue near East 91st Street— which offers a wide variety of chicken and non-chicken fried foods that are sure to satisfy your craving for a salty crunch.
After all this delicious fried food talk, if you cant wait to satisfy your cravings for Popeye’s chicken, biscuits or cajun fries, you can always head up Third Avenue to 106th Street in East Harlem.
There you’ll find the closest Popeye’s location to the Upper East Side and you’ll be able to get your fill of their cajun-inspired fare until this new location opens in November.