For the second time this summer, employees from chains like McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's walked off the job to demand higher pay and the right to unionize.
Dozens of workers gathered Thursday morning near 34th Street in Midtown.
Those who spoke with NY1 said they cannot live on the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour and want restaurants to pay at least $15 an hour.
"It's just hard. And it's not fair. We work really hard and we only have $7.25, not enough hours. It's just horrible," said one worker.
The protest is garnering support from some New Yorkers, who say the workers are not being treated fairly.
"They're not given a regular schedule. They have to be on call all the time. So if you've got a part-time job and you're on call you can't even get another part time job," said Anne Klaeysen of the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
"Honestly, I feel like they have rights serving food every day you're dealing with a lot of customers and different attitudes I think it's fair that they get an increase," said one New Yorker.
Just a day before, the nation celebrated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech at the March on Washington.
That march was also a rally for the government to establish a then-liveable wage of $2 an hour. Adjusted for inflation, that equals a little more than $15 today.
In a statement, McDonald's said in part, "McDonald's aims to offer competitive pay and benefits to our employees. We provide training and professional development for all of those who wish to take advantage of those opportunities."