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(Eater)   Tourists, here are some of the dark secrets of the Times Square Olive Garden ... for when you visit NYC and its great restaurants   ( eater.com) divider line
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2017-04-20 09:04:14 AM  
Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.
 
2017-04-20 09:38:32 AM  
New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.
 
2017-04-20 10:07:44 AM  

DeaH: New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.


In all fairness when you're eating in the Times Square area you're not really choosing a cuisine as much as you're differentiating between slightly different means of ingesting pathogens and hepatitis.
 
2017-04-20 11:07:09 AM  

BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.


They don't want to venture into Hell's Kitchen for fear of running into Gordon farking Ramsey
 
2017-04-20 12:14:31 PM  
Damnit! They closed all the peep shows! Ahhhh dang it... oh well, carb-load? Carbs.
 
2017-04-20 12:20:19 PM  
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kab
2017-04-20 12:21:16 PM  
An otherwise entertaining read, completely ruined by the insistence on using one of the shiattiest social media tools in existence.
 
2017-04-20 12:22:22 PM  

BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.


Well he did mention that a lot of the people are from other Countries that didn't have them like Ohio >_>

:P
 
2017-04-20 12:23:27 PM  

kab: An otherwise entertaining read, completely ruined by the insistence on using one of the shiattiest social media tools in existence.


Seriously.  If you want to type a thousand characters, get a blog, or at least use reddit.
 
2017-04-20 12:23:28 PM  

BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.


I'll just leave this here. 

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2017-04-20 12:23:36 PM  

BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.


A good point from tfa is olive farden isn't local for everyone especially foreigners.  And they know The brand from the media too.
 
2017-04-20 12:23:37 PM  

BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.


THIS.

DeaH: New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.


I want to tell them this:

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2017-04-20 12:23:43 PM  

BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.


Or you have family members or kids that are hard to please so you go somewhere where you know what you are going to get.
I agree with your sentiment personally but I do know people who are difficult to dine with.
 
2017-04-20 12:24:10 PM  
If a guy took me on a date and kept asking me questions about a former job I would get up, say I'm going to the bathroom and walk out the front door.
 
2017-04-20 12:25:36 PM  

kdawg7736: BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.

THIS.DeaH: New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.

I want to tell them this:

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Co-workers travel all over the country, and when I get to go along, I look up local spots reviews, and local specialties.  They want to go to Olive Garden, Apple-bees, and at best a Mexican restaurant.
 
2017-04-20 12:27:21 PM  
Could be worse. They could end up at Guy Fiero's (sic)
 
2017-04-20 12:28:57 PM  
img.memesuper.com
 
2017-04-20 12:30:18 PM  
Twitterer needs to learn what questions and answers are.
 
2017-04-20 12:30:22 PM  

DeaH: New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.


Well obviously they're not in the mood for Italian food
 
2017-04-20 12:30:37 PM  

TheGogmagog: kdawg7736: BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.

THIS.DeaH: New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.

I want to tell them this:

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 651x420]

Co-workers travel all over the country, and when I get to go along, I look up local spots reviews, and local specialties.  They want to go to Olive Garden, Apple-bees, and at best a Mexican restaurant.


To be fair, especially in large groups of co-workers, most usually prefer to go some place familiar where they know what they are getting. Even though the food is shiat, they'd rather trust Applebee's than a random local restaurant.
 
2017-04-20 12:32:01 PM  

Jaymark108: at least use reddit.


Sure, and then I will stab myself in the eye and cut my nuts off with a spork dipped in acid.
 
2017-04-20 12:32:05 PM  

DeaH: New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.


As someone who's eaten at the McDonalds in front of the Parthenon, I wasn't super impressed with all of the food. Don't get me wrong, I had the best steak I've ever had on that trip and specific restaurants were good; it just wasn't consistently amazing.

/ we got an apartment 3 blocks away from the Vatican. It was pretty cool
 
2017-04-20 12:37:10 PM  

Jaymark108: kab: An otherwise entertaining read, completely ruined by the insistence on using one of the shiattiest social media tools in existence.

Seriously.  If you want to type a thousand characters, get a blog, or at least use reddit.


I'm the guy that went on a date with an erstwhile Olive Garden manager, AMA

Top comments:

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2017-04-20 12:38:14 PM  
When I'm abroad, I like to check out the locals take on typical American food. You'd be surprised how many ways there are to fark up a cheeseburger.
 
2017-04-20 12:40:42 PM  
A collection of possibly bullshiat tweets is an in depth article?

Any of this shiat could have happened at any restaurant.
 
2017-04-20 12:41:41 PM  
I find the formatting of this dialog
 
2017-04-20 12:42:01 PM  
very distracting. Perhaps if it was
 
2017-04-20 12:42:21 PM  
less segmented, it would be better.
 
2017-04-20 12:44:36 PM  
our family uses the rule that when in NYC, if you can buy a franchise of the restaurant, you dont go there.
 
2017-04-20 12:45:52 PM  

iheartscotch: DeaH: New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.

As someone who's eaten at the McDonalds in front of the Parthenon


The Parthenon? Are you sure you weren't in Athens, or did you mean the Pantheon? 

I wasn't super impressed with all of the food. Don't get me wrong, I had the best steak I've ever had on that trip and specific restaurants were good; it just wasn't consistently amazing.

You won't find good restaurants in the Centro Storico; it's all clip joints  aimed at separating tourists from their euros. If you cross the Tiber to the Trastevere, you'll find good local restaurants and a better bargain too.
 
2017-04-20 12:48:25 PM  

DeaH: New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.


Is it though? I don't doubt the abundance of fine Italian restaurants in New York... just as there seem to be an abundance of fine Italian restaurants in many major cities. It might be more accurate to say "New York is known for an abundance of fine Italian restaurants".
 
2017-04-20 12:48:29 PM  

BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.


Could do worse.  They could have gone to Guy Fieri's restaurant.
 
2017-04-20 12:48:54 PM  
NYC food is all over-priced and over-hyped.  I've had better meals at a Perkins in Kentucky.
 
2017-04-20 12:49:56 PM  

BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.


I work in downtown Seattle. I was walking back to work and passed the Cheesecake Factory, there was a Mom and daughter standing outside, Dad comes out and says "it's a 45-minute wait". The daughter looks around and says "Don't they have an Olive Garden or Red Lobster".

No, no we feckin' don't
 
2017-04-20 12:50:06 PM  

DeaH: New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.


Should have gone to a classy place, like Golden Corral.
 
2017-04-20 12:50:48 PM  

TheGogmagog: kdawg7736: BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.

THIS.DeaH: New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.

I want to tell them this:

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 651x420]

Co-workers travel all over the country, and when I get to go along, I look up local spots reviews, and local specialties.  They want to go to Olive Garden, Apple-bees, and at best a Mexican restaurant.


fark that, you have to work with those bozos, you dont have to eat dinner with them.
 
2017-04-20 12:51:23 PM  
I can understand going to a chain.

When I go to Italy for a couple of weeks I get a craving for a quarter pounder.
no idea why, since I dont get that craving at home.

I remember one time in Italy I was just so damn tired of having prosciutto in farking everything.  I just needed a hamburger.  So I went to McDonalds, brought it back to the room and bit into.it.
Mother Farker!  under the patty was a piece of prosciutto.

Three years ago I was in Assisi and had a craving for about two days.  As we are driving out and there was a McDonalds in the middle of nowhere.  I went in and saw the special called a 'Chicago' burger.
(I live in Chicago)
It was so surreal that, as a Buddhist, I wonder if its still there after I left.
 
2017-04-20 12:57:37 PM  
It's like seeing a line out the door at the Red Lobster in Monterey.
 
2017-04-20 12:59:22 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-04-20 12:59:22 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: It's like seeing a line out the door at the Red Lobster in Monterey.


It's like rain on your wedding day.
 
2017-04-20 01:00:42 PM  
Wowzer. It's possible that the former Olive Garden manager could have been embellishing some of these stories:

What was so amazing or unbelievable that you think it might be exaggerated? Seems tame to me...

cwheelie: Could be worse. They could end up at Guy Fiero's (sic)


pixel.nymag.com
 
2017-04-20 01:01:46 PM  
I must have missed the actual "article". All I see are random comments, most with no context. If there IS an article will someone please tell me where it is?
 
2017-04-20 01:02:40 PM  
Eating in a chain anywhere around Times Square is an invitation to experience the worst customer service in the dirtiest surroundings with the worst food for the most money that you can suffer anywhere in the USA.
 
XSV
2017-04-20 01:10:16 PM  

Just another Heartland Weirdass: TheGogmagog: kdawg7736: BizarreMan: Any tourist in New York who ends up at the Times Square Olive Garden, deserves a kick in the crotch and a punch to the face.

Why would you go to a restaurant just like the one you would go to at home?  Go someplace different.  Someplace local.  Screw the same old same old.

THIS.DeaH: New York is known for the best Italian food outside of Italy. And people choose Olive Garden.

I want to tell them this:

[4.bp.blogspot.com image 651x420]

Co-workers travel all over the country, and when I get to go along, I look up local spots reviews, and local specialties.  They want to go to Olive Garden, Apple-bees, and at best a Mexican restaurant.

fark that, you have to work with those bozos, you dont have to eat dinner with them.


sometimes you don't have a choice. I was travelling for work with about 4 other people we had 1 rental car between us.  We were in Austin of all places, so i look up a bunch of good local places, everyone's on board except 1 guy demanding we go to Twin Peaks.  Kicker is there's a Twin Peaks not even 10 mins from our office back home.

Everyone else caved. I was pissed the rest of the night.  At one point even tried bargaining with a "When we're back in the office Friday I will take you there and buy your damned lunch if we can just go somewhere else tonight."

/he claims he loves the food there.
 
2017-04-20 01:11:44 PM  
We have relatives from New York that whenever they come into town, they only want to eat at Fridays.
 
2017-04-20 01:13:10 PM  
Well, that was kind of a lame article. You can get similar horror stories from basically anyone that has managed a restaurant in a large city.
 
2017-04-20 01:15:23 PM  
Johnny T's NYC Tourist Tips
Youtube 8LmPBPWHJu4
 
2017-04-20 01:15:53 PM  

Percise1: Wowzer. It's possible that the former Olive Garden manager could have been embellishing some of these stories:

What was so amazing or unbelievable that you think it might be exaggerated? Seems tame to me...

cwheelie: Could be worse. They could end up at Guy Fiero's (sic)

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That is awesome. My favorite is the dish that says the Bidet is an MP3 player that plays Smashmouth while you eat. Brilliant.
 
2017-04-20 01:21:56 PM  
Olive Garden.  When You're Here, You Don't Know Any Better.
 
2017-04-20 01:26:30 PM  
Times Square or as I like to call it, Gatlinburg with skyscrapers. Just trade minigolf for giant digital bill boards and they pretty much have the same things.
 
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