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Old 07-27-2017, 06:58 AM
 
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I have moved from Chicago and am surprised by the huge number of run-down restaurants and food trucks. How do they compete with the modern / trendy fast-food kind of places? Why would anyone choose to eat there when there are so many "newer" options available. I can understand eating there if every food place is run down. But there are plenty of better choices amid this sea of run-down eats... I know some people are going to say because the food is good. I'd have to wonder what they are putting in the food if their appearance is so bad.
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:01 AM
 
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Good for for cheap prices.

Most people could care less how the places looks as long as the food is good, prices are cheap and they have no health violations.
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Old 07-27-2017, 07:27 AM
 
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Good for for cheap prices.

Most people could care less how the places looks as long as the food is good, prices are cheap and they have no health violations.
Sadly this!

There are many who prefer to pay less than pay a little more for better/quality food. Then again...anything you buy at ANY restaurant isn't really 'quality' food.
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:01 AM
 
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A good example of this was 'La Taza De Oro' in Chelsea. It Did not look like much on the outside, but some of the best Puerto Rican food for the price in Manhattan.
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Mott Haven, New York
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I have moved from Chicago and am surprised by the huge number of run-down restaurants and food trucks. How do they compete with the modern / trendy fast-food kind of places? Why would anyone choose to eat there when there are so many "newer" options available. I can understand eating there if every food place is run down. But there are plenty of better choices amid this sea of run-down eats... I know some people are going to say because the food is good. I'd have to wonder what they are putting in the food if their appearance is so bad.

Welcome to NYC! "Newer, modern and trendy" are nothing more than a cover up for "expensive" in most people's eyes, irregardless of what's better for you in the long run. Not many people are willing to put forth that extra $10 -$20+ per meal when they have the "Street Meat" options.

There's this Halal truck on Hudson Street in TriBeCa that is decent "quality" for a street truck, and always has a line of middle management office folk waiting to grab a bite. The line can be so long that it appears that some people waste half their break just standing in line.

There is a Just Salad one block away, and this truck is parked right in front of a Pret A Manger. Go figure. lolololol

So in some cases, it's not about not having money, it's just about what they are craving.
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Old 07-27-2017, 09:40 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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Some of those places simply have better or more interesting food even if the decor isn't great.
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Eric Forman's basement
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Whenever I see a store or a restaurant that seems rundown and doesn't seem to be doing much business, I always think it's a front.
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Old 07-27-2017, 10:52 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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It depends on what you mean by run down.

I have eaten at some places that had cheap, timeworn chairs and tables, plastic coated tablecloths, paper place mats and served on plastic utensils in to-go containers. But the tables and floors were clean, lots of customers, and the food was incredible.

On the other hand if there is refuse, unbussed tables with someone's hour old food on it, built up dust/dirt in the corners, grease build up on the walls, and so on. I won't eat there.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:07 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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"Trendy fast food kind of places" often equates to wretched food.
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Old 07-27-2017, 11:07 AM
 
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I'm a native Ny'er, but lived in Chicago for 3 years.

NYC food culture is exponentially superior to Chicago.

I'll take a dive in NY over any of the crap they have in Chicago.
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