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Anyone Been to Cheesesteak Factory on Houston?

Andrew P. Aug 17, 2006 02:21 PM

Hi hounds,

The other day I walked by a relatively new place on Houston Street between Ludlow and Orchard (or, in houndspeak, between Katz's and Bereket) called Cheesesteak Factory. Has anyone gone yet? How does it stack up to Carl's Steaks (my favorite) and 99 Miles to Philly (barely adequate, IMO)?

Maybe I'm getting ahead of myself here, but if it's good, a "Houston between Ludlow and Orchard sandwich-crawl" might be in order for the Herculean of appetite, or on a dare. Katz's Pastrami-Cheesesteak Factory Cheesesteak-Bereket Shwarma, anyone?

Thanks!

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    traceybell Oct 27, 2006 11:28 AM

    I had delivery once on a whim because it had good reviews on menupages, and was hugely disappointed. I wouldn't have minded that it was absolutely greasy if the steak part had been luscious and tender but it was just kind of tough and dry but greasy. It's probably the type of thing that's better when you're drunk.

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      messleftbehind Oct 26, 2006 10:26 PM

      I haven't been to the Cheesesteak Factory on Houston, but I was at the grand opening of the Cheesesteak Factory on Bell Boulevard in Bayside today. The sign outside said "Free food all day!" Who could resist? The line stretched for about half a block, as they would occasionally run out of cooked cheesesteaks, but everybody who ate there left pleased. The cheesesteaks were great (Yes, it was all-you-can-eat) and their waffle fries are to die for.

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        ruckus2330 Sep 6, 2006 06:23 PM

        Wow, this crowd seems divided. I tried a cheesesteak there a few weeks ago and I loved it. I was with a group of 6 other friends and they were all smitten with their sandwiches too. The seasoned waffle fries were awesome, fyi. I think you should definitely try it.

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          CornflakeGirl Sep 6, 2006 04:47 PM

          It's a chain. There's one opening on Bell Blvd. in Bayside and I passed one on Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside the other day.

          And the logo looks similar to the Cheesecake Factory logo. I don't know if they think that will bring in customers or what.

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            ceeceee Sep 6, 2006 05:57 PM

            i've been to the one in sunnyside and it is pretty good. the cheesteaks are tasty as well as the pizza.

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            wingman Aug 17, 2006 03:32 PM

            On a whim I ordered it the other night for delivery; not very good at all. If you're in the neighborhood much better off getting a cheese steak from A1 sandwich shop on Rivington and Suffolk or one of the versions Tinys has. The fries were also pretty awful.

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              BOSSVALENTINO Sep 2, 2006 11:53 PM

              Me and my fiance moved to NY two years ago from Philadelphia. I have been to all the cheesesteak places in NYC - 99 miles to Philly; Philly Slims; and Carl's. These places mentioned are not "REAL" cheesesteaks simply because they are using New York bread. We went to the Cheesesteak Factory on Houston Street and to my expertise of cheesesteaks from being in Philadelphia, the Cheesesteak Factory is the only place in NYC which uses the bread from Philadelphia. This is what makes a world of difference for those who want a real cheesesteak!!!!!!!!

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                squid kun Sep 3, 2006 01:43 AM

                Haven't tried this place, or even heard much about it recently, but Fetch on the UES says it gets its rolls from Amoroso's in Philadelphia: http://www.fetchny.com

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                  meatme Sep 3, 2006 02:46 AM

                  Wasn't Tony Luke's shipping in ingredients, including rolls, from Philly?

                2. re: BOSSVALENTINO
                  jakew8 Oct 27, 2006 03:12 PM

                  What are the differences between Philadelphia bread and New York bread?

                  Is the Philly bread necessarily better, or just "more authentic?"

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                xavier Aug 17, 2006 02:30 PM

                It looks vile. The kind thing you'd find in the lamest of neighborhoods.

                1. wleatherette Aug 17, 2006 02:27 PM

                  i walk by it quite often, and it looks disgusting.

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                    Lucia Aug 17, 2006 02:23 PM

                    I've been to the one on 6th near 14th and thought it was horrible.

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