Oh, jolly day!
Jollibee, the much beloved Filipino fast food chain with more than 1,300 shops around the world, is opening its first-ever location in Manhattan.
Debuting near Port Authority at 609 Eighth Avenue (between 39th and 40th streets), the midtown iteration was supposed to open at that same location back in 2016, but stalled for some reason. Now, Manhattanites can finally order the signature Chickenjoy (fried chicken) with gravy sauce or one of the other special sides. Other Filipino offerings include Jolly Spaghetti (spaghetti noodles drenched in a red sweet sauce with thick slices of ham and hot dogs), Fiesta Noodles (a version of pancit palabok with rice noodles, garlic sauce, pork, shrimp and hard-boiled eggs), the Burger Steak or the Peach Mango Pie made with Philippine mangoes cooked inside a flaky crust.
This Jollibee will be the second in New York state (there's one in Woodside, Queens) and the overall 37th store in the United States. In order to celebrate its arrival, staff will be giving out free Chickenjoy for a whole year to the first 40 customers in line on October 27th. The store opens at 8am, so we recommend being there before the sun comes up to get your free shiz. If you don't win the ultimate prize, there will be Jollibee Funko Pop! figures and other knick-knacks up for grabs, too.