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Old 02-13-2012, 04:05 PM
 
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I don't think yuppies were going to Red Lobster even before this unlikely otter story....

Some people think anyone with a job is a yuppie.
Word.

Red Lobster on 125 is going to be a huge hit for people who like places like PF Chang's, Cheesecake Factory, etc. And right next door to a tourist attraction like the Apollo? It's probably going to be one of the chain's most-popular locations. I'm a snob and don't do theme restaurants (yep, I've been to Red Rooster), but I'm sure many of my family members will want to go to Red Lobster when they are in town.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:15 PM
 
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hey at least it isn't chipotle, that'd be a real telling sign right there.

it'll be no different than the applebees in fordham plaza.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:20 PM
 
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Perhaps chains that originate in New York are not the wisest thing to wish for. Think of the DUANE-READE in every block of Manhattan: Urban Blight at its worst.
It was more in terms of sucess, I mean we shouldnt look down on success, I mean I dont like DR everwhere, but they have a good buisness model and they are a hometown sorty, paying HQ taxes to NYC.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:20 PM
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Actually, Cheesecake Factory, notwithstanding the name itself, is half-decent for a non-fussy italian-american dinner. I can't think of any other "sit-down" chain that comes close. Godawful Applebees whose main ingredients are salt and overcooking, Red Lobster's patented fish-rubberizing method that they apparently use to cook the fish, TGIFs (thank god its finished).... Most of them should be charged with felonies against food.
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Old 02-13-2012, 04:41 PM
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The first TGIF was in the Upper East Side (63rd & 1st)
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Old 02-14-2012, 07:02 PM
 
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Actually, Cheesecake Factory, notwithstanding the name itself, is half-decent for a non-fussy italian-american dinner. I can't think of any other "sit-down" chain that comes close. Godawful Applebees whose main ingredients are salt and overcooking, Red Lobster's patented fish-rubberizing method that they apparently use to cook the fish, TGIFs (thank god its finished).... Most of them should be charged with felonies against food.
I hate Applebees!
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:43 AM
 
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call me ridiculous but Cheesecake Factory is one of favorite places to eat EVER, ANYWHERE. from appetizers, to entree, to desert..and ive spent hundreds on meals many a night at "high class" places..

imo you can't put Cheesecake Factory with Applebees, TGIF, etc. Not sure about Red Lobster, it's been almost 8 years since I've had it.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:04 PM
 
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I simply prefer to eat where the menu is more dependent on what is in season and what the chef is passionate about than food that is directed from a corporate kitchen somewhere.

The last time I ate at a CF, I remember there was a TON of mediocre food and a slice of crappy cheesecake. But I'm sure it was better than a TGIF (are they still in business?) or Applebees. But I stand by my statement of CF being along the lines of a PF Chang's or Maggiano's Little Italy. I don't get why anyone would spend that kind of money in NYC when for the same cost you can get excellent food made with love at an independent restaurant.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:29 PM
 
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As a Harlem resident I would LOVE to see a Cheesecake Factory Open up in Harlem. It's my absolute fav place to eat because it is so cheap and delicious, yum

With that said, I welcome Red Lobster. I guess they're going to build on the open lot next to the Apollo.
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Old 02-18-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Folks on here may sneer but when I lived in NYC the IHOP on 135th was always packed and I suspect the Red Lobster will be too.
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