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Brooklyn Diner: Fuhggedaboutit

I was on my way to Times Square and saw Brooklyn Diner on W. 43rd by Times Square. It looked clean, the staff was very friendly when I went in and they even helped me with the seating. This is why I'm confused. I knew it was a tourist trap just from the location and the name of the place. I've been to other tourist traps in NYC which were decent enough so why not try Brooklyn Diner. The owner/s obviously keep a tight reign on the appearance and performance of the restaurant and the staff so why is the food so bad?

I ordered the pigs in a blanket and crispy chicken salad with Gorgonzola and Black Forest ham and vinaigrette . The wrapped dogs were gross to say the least. They came out luke warm. The dough was greasy and cold and the meat was rubbery inside and out. The crispy chicken salad was this mosh of salty fried chicken chunks with chopped lettuce, tomato, some strips of meat I'm guessing was the ham and white chunky stuff I'm guessing was the cheese. Both of which were bland and like the hot dogs had a rubbery texture. The vinaigrettes tasted like pure Heinz Wood Vinegar. I'm talking real sour stuff. No hint of oil at all. The only good thing out of that meal was the bottle of Diet Stewart's Root Beer. These kinds of places really should be outlawed. It really is an embarrassment.

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  1. I am sure when the check came you were pretty pleased as well. Thats why they call it a tourist trap. When you are from Iowa, its not that bad. Just like food on a cruise.

    1. Yes and no. Like I tried to point out, usually with the bad tourist traps the restaurant shows that it doesn't care how they present themselves. They're hoping you spend for the name only. Brooklyn Diner, as bad as the food is, is very professional in it's cleanliness and staff behavior. I mean am I wrong? Are there other traps that go out of their way to keep their place clean and hire pro wait staff only for the food to be beneath dog food? I am asking this in all seriousness.

      1. My general rule is when eating in a place with "diner" in the name I only order "diner" food. It doesn't pay to get fancy. Anyway we had breakfast in the Brooklyn Diner on W57 St a while ago, but only because it was convenient at the time. Breakfast was pretty good but at that price we won't be making a habit of it.

        Reviewers have said to stick to the burgers or hot dogs when at the Brooklyn Diner.

        1. I've only eaten at Brooklyn Diner once, but my chicken soup was the best I'd ever had.

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          1. re: LindyHopper

            It really is the best. Nice use of dill.

          2. i went to the 57th St place (under diress) and i thought it was awful...