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Old 05-08-2017, 12:07 AM
Status: "Halloween! Can't wait." (set 12 days ago)
 
Location: Manhattan
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I've eaten in the Times Square Red Lobster too many times with an older relative who unfortunately loves chains (and bad food). It was recommended to her by the fish guy in Morton Williams or some such place when she told him we wanted seafood. He used to work at Red Lobster in Times Square and told her there was such a volume of business that the fish was always fresh. I don't love the place, nor her other favorite, Dallas BBQ, but I'm surprised if you got sick there. Or I'd be surprised if it was the seafood since I've never had a problem.
I've never gotten sick from Red Lobster but all I know is that it's God awful. At least the one Red Lobster I went to in Florida. What awful food. And I generally love seafood. Ditto Dallas BBQ. Blech.
And I don't necessarily hate chain restaurants. I like California Pizza enough. Pizzeria Uno. TGIF. Applebees. Olive Garden and Ruby Tuesday are all ok. Not great but okay. But Red Lobster. Blech!
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Old 05-08-2017, 03:48 PM
 
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i'm gonna do the Harlem Red Lobster & Olive Garden. I'm not expecting much
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Old 05-08-2017, 04:31 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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I suspect that a fair portion of the clientele for the chain restaurants in and around Times Square is not just tourists. It's also a lot of outer-borough New Yorkers ( but not the real foodie types) who come into the city for an evening's entertainment and want somewhere easy to eat, and also office workers in the area who might enjoy a lunch or after-work drinks and dinner.


And FWIW Virgil's on 43rd St, though not quite a chain, has some decent barbecue.
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Old 05-08-2017, 04:42 PM
 
Location: NYC
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You can get sick from tainted bread or drinking glass mishandled with contamination and never know what made you sick.
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Old 05-08-2017, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Funny enough I went to the Red Lobster at cross county over this past weekend. Food was decent. I don't go all the time but I haven't found it to be that bad either. It's been my experience that it's one of the better chain restaurants. I think if you're disappointed you are expecting too much. Lol. The best part is the biscuits honestly.
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Old 05-08-2017, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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Funny enough I went to the Red Lobster at cross county over this past weekend. Food was decent. I don't go all the time but I haven't found it to be that bad either. It's been my experience that it's one of the better chain restaurants. I think if you're disappointed you are expecting too much. Lol. The best part is the biscuits honestly.
I share the same sentiments...I think people expect too much.
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Old 05-08-2017, 09:30 PM
Status: "Halloween! Can't wait." (set 12 days ago)
 
Location: Manhattan
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I suspect that a fair portion of the clientele for the chain restaurants in and around Times Square is not just tourists. It's also a lot of outer-borough New Yorkers ( but not the real foodie types) who come into the city for an evening's entertainment and want somewhere easy to eat, and also office workers in the area who might enjoy a lunch or after-work drinks and dinner.


And FWIW Virgil's on 43rd St, though not quite a chain, has some decent barbecue.
The thing about chain restaurants is that you know what you're getting and at what price. So, it's convenient to just head out to one if you're not in the mood to try out a new place. Plus, if there's one dish that you are kind of fond of, you go just for that because you have a craving for it. At least that's how it is with me and California Pizza.
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Old 05-09-2017, 04:48 AM
 
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Are you sick 'cause you ate 22 Cheddar Bay Biscuits?

... because it's not a contest to see how many you can eat.

OR IS IT?
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Old 05-09-2017, 05:02 AM
 
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I have a hard time understanding how people can vacation in NYC from whatever small town/city they come from and end up just eating dinner at places like Olive Garden/Applebee's/Red Lobster/Ruby Tuesday's/etc.
People look for things that are familiar to them even when traveling although it would be a better idea for them to try something new.

Personally I have never eaten at Red Lobster in my life as I don't eat shellfish.
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Old 05-09-2017, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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Red Lobster Times Square charges a high menu premium for the location and the lines are always horrendous. I have eaten a few times at the 125th St. RL and it is tolerable and the one in Queens which was the worst.


From my experience, the lobster is good, the biscuits are good, the stuffed clams are good and everything else is awful. Worst was the lobster bisque which had the texture of wallpaper paste.


The all-you-can eat shrimp was bad. It should have been called All-you-can-stomach shrimp.
Shrimp all tasted like it was cooked the day before.
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