Cookie Specialist Maman to Launch New York’s Next Rotisserie Chicken Hot Spot

“Eat me.” Photo: Paul Wagtouicz

The team behind South of France-inspired bakery Maman — Michelin-starred chef Armand Arnal, Benjamin Sormonte, and Elisa Marshall — will debut a brand-new project on February 9. Papa Poule, located on Lafayette Street (just one block west of Maman), focuses on French rotisserie chicken, available for takeout or delivery only.

The menu includes a variety of flavored rotisserie chickens, all massaged, marinated, and stuffed with a medley of ingredients prior to cooking. They’re complemented by Arnal’s’s sauces — grébiche, béarnaise, barbecue, honey mustard, jerk, chimichurri, and aïoli — and available in full, half, and quarter sizes, starting at $12.50 for a quarter of a chicken (which comes with two sides and one sauce). There will also be a daily changing selection of sides, specials, and desserts, like chicken potpie, potato gratin, sage-and-onion stuffing, Israeli couscous, and profiteroles.

It’s a tiny 600-square-foot operation — there’s no seating — but, like Maman, every inch is Instagram bait. A traditional French-farmhouse-inspired Marshall’s design: There’s an exposed kitchen enclosed with vintage chicken wire and customized lamps made from chicken-wire buckets. Plus: The rotisserie will be displayed in the front window, luring customers in from the street, Red Light District style.

The space.
The space. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz
Not edible.
Not edible. Photo: Paul Wagtouicz

Papa Poule, 189 Lafayette Street, between Broome and Grand Streets, 917-932-6514

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