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2012-11-20 11:14:49 AM
I walked by is new restaraunt on the way to work.   Part of me wants to try it in a tour of the cheesiest Times Square restaraunts in existence.
 
I figure I'll start off with Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and work my way down.
 
2012-11-20 12:08:29 PM
I can't believe he actually sells something that is smothered in "Donkey Sauce". Yeah, that sounds really appealing.

It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.
 
2012-11-20 12:46:58 PM
I'm curious... and I've asked this before but no one answered... are there actual audience members watching the dress rehersal?  How does that work?
 
2012-11-20 01:37:17 PM

brap: I walked by is new restaraunt on the way to work.   Part of me wants to try it in a tour of the cheesiest Times Square restaraunts in existence.
 
I figure I'll start off with Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and work my way down.


It's kind of embarrassing, but I went to Eataly with hubby and the food was actually good. *hangs head in shame* I guess it's embarrassing, but not Guy Fieri levels of embarrassing.

/embarrassing
 
2012-11-20 01:37:30 PM

downstairs: I'm curious... and I've asked this before but no one answered... are there actual audience members watching the dress rehersal?  How does that work?


There are two audiences. The first gets to see the dress rehearsal, with sometimes two hours of material competing to be used in the live 90 minute show.

After the dress rehearsal, the first audience leaves and the director makes the final decisions to make sure all the funny stuff gets cut from the live show.

Then they bring in the second audience and that is the version you see on TV.
 
2012-11-20 01:38:18 PM

bdub77: I can't believe he actually sells something that is smothered in "Donkey Sauce". Yeah, that sounds really appealing.

It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.


I struggle with that question all the time living here in Orlando. I guess I'm not a typical tourist. When I visit a place, I want to experience that place. Not the same shiat I can get at home, in a different location.
 
2012-11-20 01:51:02 PM

coco ebert: It's kind of embarrassing, but I went to Eataly with hubby and the food was actually good. *hangs head in shame* I guess it's embarrassing, but not Guy Fieri levels of embarrassing.

/embarrassing

 
Eataly is awesome.  Wildly overpriced but awesome.  I go there and walk around just for the food porn aspect of it.  I rarely SHOP there but I browse like a kid in a candy store.


 
 
2012-11-20 02:06:20 PM

brap: coco ebert: It's kind of embarrassing, but I went to Eataly with hubby and the food was actually good. *hangs head in shame* I guess it's embarrassing, but not Guy Fieri levels of embarrassing.

/embarrassing
 
Eataly is awesome.  Wildly overpriced but awesome.  I go there and walk around just for the food porn aspect of it.  I rarely SHOP there but I browse like a kid in a candy store.


The concept is kind of cheesy, but I have to admit the food was pretty great as are some of the products they sell. But yeah, way overpriced.
 
2012-11-20 02:10:42 PM

Diogenes: bdub77: I can't believe he actually sells something that is smothered in "Donkey Sauce". Yeah, that sounds really appealing.

It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.

I struggle with that question all the time living here in Orlando. I guess I'm not a typical tourist. When I visit a place, I want to experience that place. Not the same shiat I can get at home, in a different location.


Here's the thing: most tourist can't get those cheesy restaurants at home.

To be fair, a local resurant is a crapshoot: I've lived in enough parts of the country to know that there are regional taste, developed over years due to limits in local ingredients.

A hot sauce in Fargo would be considered catchup in LA.
 
2012-11-20 02:21:41 PM

Diogenes: bdub77: I can't believe he actually sells something that is smothered in "Donkey Sauce". Yeah, that sounds really appealing.

It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.

I struggle with that question all the time living here in Orlando. I guess I'm not a typical tourist. When I visit a place, I want to experience that place. Not the same shiat I can get at home, in a different location.


Yeah... the thing is, obviously if you are from Orlando, or NY, or Minneapolis, etc, and you go to another big city.... all of the "chain" restaurants don't really appeal to you much, you want to find a local place that has gotten good reviews.

The people from Peoria, Tulsa, Boise, etc... where the height of restaurants are about Bennigan's and Red Robin... going to PF Changs or Buca De Beppo or Rainforest Cafe is seen as a "cool big city thing".
 
2012-11-20 02:23:34 PM

Darth_Lukecash: Diogenes: bdub77: I can't believe he actually sells something that is smothered in "Donkey Sauce". Yeah, that sounds really appealing.

It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.

I struggle with that question all the time living here in Orlando. I guess I'm not a typical tourist. When I visit a place, I want to experience that place. Not the same shiat I can get at home, in a different location.

Here's the thing: most tourist can't get those cheesy restaurants at home.

To be fair, a local resurant is a crapshoot: I've lived in enough parts of the country to know that there are regional taste, developed over years due to limits in local ingredients.

A hot sauce in Fargo would be considered catchup in LA.


To me that's all part of the experience. But again, that's my preference. Some people seek consistency of expectation and experience.

But I should have also drawn a sharper distinction between types of restaurants. I saw Bubba Gump mentioned. We have one here too (at Universal Studios). But both Times Square and Orlando draw tourists. I guess I take it for granted. You're right in observing that people don't have some of those places at home.
 
2012-11-20 02:24:33 PM

dletter: Yeah... the thing is, obviously if you are from Orlando, or NY, or Minneapolis, etc, and you go to another big city.... all of the "chain" restaurants don't really appeal to you much, you want to find a local place that has gotten good reviews.

The people from Peoria, Tulsa, Boise, etc... where the height of restaurants are about Bennigan's and Red Robin... going to PF Changs or Buca De Beppo or Rainforest Cafe is seen as a "cool big city thing".


Yeah, on deeper reflection I'm getting that now.
 
2012-11-20 02:38:59 PM
I worked security at a Guy Fieri event. I had to escort him around the theater and whatnot. So Im getting a kick. seemed like a mellow cool guy, but he was fighting a cold so maybe thats why
 
2012-11-20 02:41:48 PM

Onkel Buck: I worked security at a Guy Fieri event. I had to escort him around the theater and whatnot. So Im getting a kick. seemed like a mellow cool guy, but he was fighting a cold so maybe thats why



By all accounts he is.  He did his Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show a block from my house.  And I know the owners of the place (though I wasn't there personally.)
 
My only issue with him is that I actually like the concept of DD&D, but his personality ruins it for me.
 
2012-11-20 02:48:34 PM
A side of dump sauce? I don't even want to know if that's part of the joke.
 
2012-11-20 02:51:16 PM

LeroyBourne: A side of dump sauce? I don't even want to know if that's part of the joke.


One would think dump sauce is what happens after you eat there.
 
2012-11-20 03:00:07 PM

brap: coco ebert: It's kind of embarrassing, but I went to Eataly with hubby and the food was actually good. *hangs head in shame* I guess it's embarrassing, but not Guy Fieri levels of embarrassing.

/embarrassing
 
Eataly is awesome.  Wildly overpriced but awesome.  I go there and walk around just for the food porn aspect of it.  I rarely SHOP there but I browse like a kid in a candy store.


I can't share this sentiment. Browsing without buying at a food shop is like browsing without buying at a record store: even if the selection is impressive, the senses that really matter go completely unstimulated. But there is some merit in being exposed to the names of new stuff, even if they're not affordable.
 
2012-11-20 03:09:58 PM
That f**king 'The Californians' skit makes it onto the show and this skit doesn't? You gotta be sh*ttin me.
 
2012-11-20 03:12:05 PM
Fieri is an over the top suburban SoCal d-bag, and he's flashy as all hell. The skit nailed it - his Times Square joint is for podunk tourists who just came from shopping at the M&M Store and wear foam Statue of Liberty hats. "If you come in wanting Le Cirque, you're Le Jerk!"

Fieri is capable of highbrow fine dining but his style is obviously lowbrow, which in itself bothers people, & he's making money with it, which probably bothers people even more.
 
2012-11-20 03:15:27 PM

CoonAce: , & he's making money with it, which probably bothers people even more.


He doesn't piss me off.
There are tons of people out there claiming they know how to cook, and they won't get out of the kitchen.
What pisses me off is people that pay him.
 
2012-11-20 03:16:18 PM

downstairs: Onkel Buck:



 
My only issue with him is that I actually like the concept of DD&D


I love the concept too. It shows places that aren't a TGiMcShontuesdilis, which is what most Americans seem to think constitutes the height of cuisine.
 
2012-11-20 03:19:05 PM

dletter: The people from Peoria, Tulsa, Boise, etc... where the height of restaurants are about Bennigan's and Red Robin... going to PF Changs or Buca De Beppo or Rainforest Cafe is seen as a "cool big city thing".


I think it's much more basic than that. A lot of people are not adventurous eaters. Chain restaurants make their money by letting you know exactly what you are going to get. PF Changs in Boise is going to look and taste exactly like PF Changs in NYC. You won't get surprised (positively or negatively).
 
2012-11-20 03:22:17 PM

Diogenes: bdub77: I can't believe he actually sells something that is smothered in "Donkey Sauce". Yeah, that sounds really appealing.

It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.

I struggle with that question all the time living here in Orlando. I guess I'm not a typical tourist. When I visit a place, I want to experience that place. Not the same shiat I can get at home, in a different location.


I thikn it's because if you are a tourist from most places they don't have shiat, even things we think of as being everywhere. Where I grew up, it was exoctic to drive the 45 minutes to McDonalds. Like P.F. Changs, most big citiels have one, but mine doesn't, so if I see one in NYC or something that would be awesome to me (if I liked PF Changs.)
 
2012-11-20 03:22:47 PM

coco ebert: brap: I walked by is new restaraunt on the way to work.   Part of me wants to try it in a tour of the cheesiest Times Square restaraunts in existence.
 
I figure I'll start off with Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and work my way down.

It's kind of embarrassing, but I went to Eataly with hubby and the food was actually good. *hangs head in shame* I guess it's embarrassing, but not Guy Fieri levels of embarrassing.

/embarrassing


Eataly isn't Times Square. Not by a long shot.
 
2012-11-20 03:23:39 PM

dletter: Diogenes: bdub77: I can't believe he actually sells something that is smothered in "Donkey Sauce". Yeah, that sounds really appealing.

It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.

I struggle with that question all the time living here in Orlando. I guess I'm not a typical tourist. When I visit a place, I want to experience that place. Not the same shiat I can get at home, in a different location.

Yeah... the thing is, obviously if you are from Orlando, or NY, or Minneapolis, etc, and you go to another big city.... all of the "chain" restaurants don't really appeal to you much, you want to find a local place that has gotten good reviews.

The people from Peoria, Tulsa, Boise, etc... where the height of restaurants are about Bennigan's and Red Robin... going to PF Changs or Buca De Beppo or Rainforest Cafe is seen as a "cool big city thing".


Yep, exactly what I was trying to say. Some places don't even have those chains, so the chains are novel in themeselves.
 
2012-11-20 03:25:02 PM

bdub77: It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.


The rent is expensive, and the tourists aren't picky.
 
2012-11-20 03:26:36 PM

bdub77: It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.


It also makes one wonder why every goddamn tourist in NYC spends all their time lollygagging in Times Square when it's the most useless, awful place in the city and there are like a million things to do and places to see and restaurants to eat and stores to shop at not in Times Square.

Why spend the $$ to travel and stay in new york city if all you're going to do is hang out at a shiatty crowded outdoor mall with the same chain shops and terrible food with 50,000 other tourists?
 
2012-11-20 03:27:20 PM
If the restaurant has a theme that a child can understand, the food will tatse like a tv dinner.
 
2012-11-20 03:29:28 PM

CoonAce: Fieri is an over the top suburban SoCal d-bag, and he's flashy as all hell. The skit nailed it - his Times Square joint is for podunk tourists who just came from shopping at the M&M Store and wear foam Statue of Liberty hats. "If you come in wanting Le Cirque, you're Le Jerk!"

Fieri is capable of highbrow fine dining but his style is obviously lowbrow, which in itself bothers people, & he's making money with it, which probably bothers people even more.


There's a difference between "lowbrow" and "bad." Ramen noodles is a lowbrow food, but when people apply effort and care, it becomes awesome.
 
2012-11-20 03:35:27 PM

Arkanaut: coco ebert: brap: I walked by is new restaraunt on the way to work.   Part of me wants to try it in a tour of the cheesiest Times Square restaraunts in existence.
 
I figure I'll start off with Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and work my way down.

It's kind of embarrassing, but I went to Eataly with hubby and the food was actually good. *hangs head in shame* I guess it's embarrassing, but not Guy Fieri levels of embarrassing.

/embarrassing

Eataly isn't Times Square. Not by a long shot.


True. The Flatiron Building does lend a touch of class. ;)
 
2012-11-20 03:35:57 PM

CoonAce: Fieri is capable of highbrow fine dining but his style is obviously lowbrow, which in itself bothers people, & he's making money with it, which probably bothers people even more.


I suspect that what bothers people isn't that he's "lowbrow". The consensus in the threads I've seen on the subject is that places on his show are actuall pretty good (the place near me that he went to, Jim Denny's is pretty good though kind of overrated by the locals), and most of those are what you'd probably consider "lowbrow".

What's grating about Guy Fieri is that his schtick is an affectation, and a particularly annoying one at that. I don't mind that his thing is weird-ass french fry sushi and donkey sauce covered whatever. Food like that can be good and original. What bothers me is that it's the "unhealthy diner food" trope manufactured through a market-researched, corporate filter. He's created a persona for mass consumption, which makes his cuisine and restaurants come off as especially phoney. That goofy recipe generator has it absolutely right: "Uncle Phil's Macaroni-and-Cheese Infused Barbecued Egg Rolls, $50."

If that's the kind of stuff you want, this place strikes me as the schtick done more genuinely.
 
2012-11-20 03:37:22 PM

Tax Boy: bdub77: It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.

It also makes one wonder why every goddamn tourist in NYC spends all their time lollygagging in Times Square when it's the most useless, awful place in the city and there are like a million things to do and places to see and restaurants to eat and stores to shop at not in Times Square.

Why spend the $$ to travel and stay in new york city if all you're going to do is hang out at a shiatty crowded outdoor mall with the same chain shops and terrible food with 50,000 other tourists?


Last year, 50.9 million people visited New York City. If 10% of them decided to visit Times Square for even three hours, it's always going to look really busy there.
 
2012-11-20 03:41:14 PM

Tax Boy: Why spend the $$ to travel and stay in new york city if all you're going to do is hang out at a shiatty crowded outdoor mall with the same chain shops and terrible food with 50,000 other tourists?


This is a general issue with people traveling. People want to take vacations and go to these different places, but they don't want to actually be in the place. Every time I've traveled with a large-ish group, most of them are freaked out by being in a place they're unfamiliar with, and immediately start seeking out familiar elements and experiences (see: crappy chain restaurants). I'm convinced that Americans don't actually enjoy the experience of travel, they enjoy telling everyone that they've been to x place and here's some pictures of a fat guy mugging in front of the most easily recognizable landmark from the wiki page.
 
2012-11-20 03:44:59 PM

coco ebert: brap: I walked by is new restaraunt on the way to work.   Part of me wants to try it in a tour of the cheesiest Times Square restaraunts in existence.
 
I figure I'll start off with Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and work my way down.

It's kind of embarrassing, but I went to Eataly with hubby and the food was actually good. *hangs head in shame* I guess it's embarrassing, but not Guy Fieri levels of embarrassing.

/embarrassing


When i lived in NYC my wife and I tried going to Red Lobster in Times Square on three separate occasions. Back in New England there is one outside Hartford but I think that is it so it had a certain kind of novelty appeal to us. Each time the wait was more than 1 hr so we never stuck it out. That's as close as eating in times square I've ever gotten and I even lived on 48th & 9th for a while...
 
2012-11-20 03:45:11 PM

kanesays: That f**king 'The Californians' skit makes it onto the show and this skit doesn't? You gotta be sh*ttin me.



I love that skit.
 
2012-11-20 03:54:40 PM

Cagey B: Tax Boy: Why spend the $$ to travel and stay in new york city if all you're going to do is hang out at a shiatty crowded outdoor mall with the same chain shops and terrible food with 50,000 other tourists?

This is a general issue with people traveling. People want to take vacations and go to these different places, but they don't want to actually be in the place. Every time I've traveled with a large-ish group, most of them are freaked out by being in a place they're unfamiliar with, and immediately start seeking out familiar elements and experiences (see: crappy chain restaurants). I'm convinced that Americans don't actually enjoy the experience of travel, they enjoy telling everyone that they've been to x place and here's some pictures of a fat guy mugging in front of the most easily recognizable landmark from the wiki page.


Must people don't even explore their own city, why would they do that in a new one?
I know Detroit gets a bad rap on Fark, but there is some hidden jems here. All you have to do is look.
 
2012-11-20 03:57:06 PM

Arkanaut: Eataly isn't Times Square. Not by a long shot.

 
No but it is associated with a "celebrity chef."  
 
Come, segue with us.


 
 
2012-11-20 04:06:38 PM

Space Station Wagon: I know Detroit gets a bad rap on Fark, but there is some hidden jems here. All you have to do is look.


I've never been, but I can buy it. I grew up near Oakland, which gets the same bad rap because "omg scary black guize". It's a great town with some cool stuff.
 
2012-11-20 04:11:45 PM

brap: Arkanaut: Eataly isn't Times Square. Not by a long shot.
 
No but it is associated with a "celebrity chef."  
 
Come, segue with us.


Yeah, but Mario Batalli is actually good at what he does.

Speaking of segues, how do these Fark Party things work? Can we do one at Guy's American Bar & Kitchen?

//You know, for the lulz
 
2012-11-20 04:13:20 PM

Komplex: CoonAce: Fieri is an over the top suburban SoCal d-bag, and he's flashy as all hell. The skit nailed it - his Times Square joint is for podunk tourists who just came from shopping at the M&M Store and wear foam Statue of Liberty hats. "If you come in wanting Le Cirque, you're Le Jerk!"

Fieri is capable of highbrow fine dining but his style is obviously lowbrow, which in itself bothers people, & he's making money with it, which probably bothers people even more.

There's a difference between "lowbrow" and "bad." Ramen noodles is a lowbrow food, but when people apply effort and care, it becomes awesome.


Good food/bad food, good beer/bad beer, good wine/bad wine -- these are matters of personal taste. Somebody out there would prefer nuked Top Ramen to "authentic" ramen made by FOB cooks in a NYC or L.A. immigrant enclave.
 
2012-11-20 04:13:41 PM

CoonAce: Fieri is an over the top suburban SoCal d-bag,


say what now? that's never been So Cal... EVER

Fieri is capable of highbrow fine dining but his style is obviously lowbrow, which in itself bothers people, & he's making money with it, which probably bothers people even more.

put the crack pipe down. ferry can't do fine dining, he isn't even a chef.
 
2012-11-20 04:15:31 PM
Foodidiots on here, go somewhere.

I like restaurants, one failed....oh well

Let's see your menu!
 
2012-11-20 04:25:47 PM
I just found out that Guy Fieri and Anne Burrell aren't the same person.
 
2012-11-20 04:29:57 PM
My favorite restaurant in Times Square is Chili's.

Suck it, food snobs!
 
2012-11-20 04:30:10 PM

coco ebert: brap: I walked by is new restaraunt on the way to work.   Part of me wants to try it in a tour of the cheesiest Times Square restaraunts in existence.
 
I figure I'll start off with Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. and work my way down.

It's kind of embarrassing, but I went to Eataly with hubby and the food was actually good. *hangs head in shame* I guess it's embarrassing, but not Guy Fieri levels of embarrassing.

/embarrassing


Mario Batali can actually cook though.
 
2012-11-20 04:39:24 PM

Arkanaut: Speaking of segues, how do these Fark Party things work? Can we do one at Guy's American Bar & Kitchen?

//You know, for the lulz

 
 
Yes, you name a time and a place and bingo, Fark party.  Guy's is a couple doors away from Sardi's, which I've never eaten at.  I plan on hitting that sometime in December.
 
I have a knack for throwing poorly attended Fark parties, just pick a day and I'll be there.  I'll gladly hitch my wagon to that falling star.  Overpriced drinks in a glaring and chintzy Rock and Roll setting?   What's not to love?

 
 
Ant
2012-11-20 04:41:36 PM

bdub77: I can't believe he actually sells something that is smothered in "Donkey Sauce". Yeah, that sounds really appealing.


There's a BBQ place around here that has "Man Sauce" and "Boy Sauce" (really spice and not as spicy) for their sandwiches.
 
2012-11-20 04:43:17 PM

downstairs: Onkel Buck: I worked security at a Guy Fieri event. I had to escort him around the theater and whatnot. So Im getting a kick. seemed like a mellow cool guy, but he was fighting a cold so maybe thats why


By all accounts he is.  He did his Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives show a block from my house.  And I know the owners of the place (though I wasn't there personally.)
 
My only issue with him is that I actually like the concept of DD&D, but his personality ruins it for me.


I don't mind Guy really. The one thing I notice most about him is the fact that with each passing year he just gets louder and louder, and it seems like he is almost lampooning himself lately, he's starting to come across like a cartoon character and not an actual person.
 
Ant
2012-11-20 04:51:47 PM

bdub77: It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.


People have bad taste and don't know how to use Yelp.

If I ever go to NYC, I'm gonna find a place that does really good Xiao Long Bao, and then a really good pizza place.
 
2012-11-20 04:54:18 PM

Tax Boy: bdub77: It does generally beg the question why Times Square restaurants are so goddamn awful, considering how good NYC food can be.

It also makes one wonder why every goddamn tourist in NYC spends all their time lollygagging in Times Square when it's the most useless, awful place in the city and there are like a million things to do and places to see and restaurants to eat and stores to shop at not in Times Square.

Why spend the $$ to travel and stay in new york city if all you're going to do is hang out at a shiatty crowded outdoor mall with the same chain shops and terrible food with 50,000 other tourists?


I think people that are fortunate enough to be able to visit New York more often will venture out more into unknown territory, but the people that might only ever visit New York once will want to see all the iconic spots- Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, The Empire State building, etc.
 
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