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New York's First Sonic Opening in Kingston!

Moderators: After 2 days with no response on the Chains board, I'm hoping it's okay if I post this on the Tristate board, since the discussion is about Sonic and its location, not about the food at Sonic. Since this is about a small specific area of New York, people who might know something about the opening are more likely to see it here.

A friend told me the other day that a Sonic is opening in Kingston, NY (Ulster County). I did some Googling to research it, and it seems that they are hiring waitstaff and such on Craigslist, and it gives the address of where the restaurant will be located. I found another webpage on some job posting site that said something like "Sonic finally comes to New York! Hiring managers for our openings in April and July in Kingston and Wappingers Falls!" I live in Wappingers Falls, so that got me really excited!

Does anyone have any more info on Sonic opening in either of these locations? The Kingston one seems like a definite, since an address was mentioned and they seem to be actually hiring people. I'd assume that's the one opening in April.

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  1. Yes, Sonic is opening in Kingston. I don't know what the opening date is, but it can't be too far off, as construction started on the building about a month ago.

      1. re: Dale J.

        When I lived in Lubbock, TX for a few months there was one a block away. You pull up, park, and order and the food is brought out to you. They have the typical fast food...burgers, chicken sandwiches, but they also have hot dogs and some other offerings, including ice cream for dessert. I enjoyed their burgers. They have breakfast food as well, I really liked their bacon, egg, and cheese Toaster sandwiches. They're famous for their gigantic drinks in which you can mix and match the flavors. I always have heard good things about their cherry limeade but never tried it myself.

        1. I've been waiting for my first encounter with a Sonic! Their commercials are amazing and I was so upset that there isn't one close by! I would definitely take a road trip to experience Sonic!

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          1. re: MikiLovesSugar

            The drinks are good, the food is pretty weak.

            1. re: MikiLovesSugar

              All those commercials have been driving me nuts. Why do they advertise so much in NY when we can't eat there? But I finally got to try one out in Reno last year. My fav part was that they bring the food to your car on roller skates. Not sure how that's gonna work in Kingtson when there's a foot of snow on the ground but never mind that. The burgers a good. I maybe prefer 5 guys but it's close. The drinks are good. Onions rings - not good.

              1. re: gwk222

                I heard that they're going to flood the parking lot, turn it into an ice skating rink, and deliver the food on ice skates... :)

                1. re: gwk222

                  The ads I see for Sonic are mainly on cable TV which is probably cheaper than advertising on network TV. I live in Los Angeles and we only had one in the area (Anaheim). I used to see those ads all the time and finally ran across one when I was traveling in New Mexico.

              2. I guess that there are Sonic lovers everywhere, but I am not one of them.

                I already have two good choices for great burgers in Kingston (Armadillo Bar and Grill and Five Guys) and doubt that Sonic will even pop up on my radar when the time comes for a casual burger.

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                1. re: georgeb

                  A coworker of mine just mentioned Five Guys to me today, out of the blue. I had never heard of it before. One is apparently opening soon in Poughkeepsie on Route 9. I'll be anxious to try it.

                2. Sonic is pretty good. they have good cherry limeades and good tator tots. their fries are mediocre and their burgers are good. it's a nice break from all the usual fast food places we get around here.

                  1. They just opened two Sonics here in Northern NJ and both places have been zoos from morning till night. At the one closest to me, the town's cops actually have had to come out to the place to direct traffic (the Sonic is on a very busy highway) and shoo people away when the lot is full.

                    I've tried to go four times, and got in twice (once very early in the morning, once at night) and so far, I like them. I've tried the following:

                    Bacon Breakfast Burrito (Great)

                    French Toast Sticks (Great)

                    Coney w Chili (OK, but not nearly as good as the local joints here)

                    Hamburger (Good, but definitely a fast food burger)

                    Mozzarella Sticks (OK, but cold marinara sauce grosses me out. I ate them plain.)

                    French Fries (OK. Probably better than Wendy's and Burger King's but not nearly as good as McDonalds)

                    Banana and Pineapple shakes (Both great)

                    Cherry and Strawberry Limeades (Both great, with real pieces of lime!)

                    So, the drinks and the breakfast foods seem to be the champs so far. The prices are very reasonable for most items.

                    Overall, I like them. But I wish those crowds would die down a bit!

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                    1. re: zhelder

                      Do they have frito pies?

                      So disgusting, yet so good.

                      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                        Yep, they sure do. Maybe I'll try one of those next time!

                        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                          Was just down in Texas for a week. Forgot to have the frito pie. Sob. Always have to make at least 1-2 stops at Sonic while I head south. On the overall, food is no better or worse than any of the other fast-food chains--just different. One plus is that breakfast is offered all day. And the "toaster" sandwiches are burgers on thick-cut white bread rather than on rolls. Have never heard of any of the servers getting into or causing an accident.

                      2. We tried the Kingston location a few weeks ago. Hamburgers were okay, less dry than Five guys. We ate outside on the patio and watched the kids on skates serving the cars parked at stations in the parking lot. I had to cover my eyes as these servers flew past the cars ordering at the drive in window. This place is an accident waiting to happen.

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                        1. re: priscilla56

                          I have never found the burgers at Five Guys to be dry. Just the opposite. I find them to be all about fat and grease. But in a good way -- scratch that -- in the best possible way.

                          Without all of that delicious fat, the burgers wouldn't be so incredibly beefy.

                        2. We went through all this already, down here in Palm Beach County, FL..
                          Everyone was excited - Sonic was coming! It finally opened, tons of people went.
                          Soon after, the thrill is gone. It's all hype, what we heard about Sonic. The onion rings were pretty good - other than that - we're never going back. McDonald's is way better.
                          No big crowds ever anymore.

                          1. They've started construction in Wappinger Falls. It is going to be located in the Hannaford shopping center on Route 9. They are tearing down the old Applebee's / Howling Dog at the north end of plaza. There is a sign saying it is coming soon.

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                            1. re: potowneagle

                              One is being built in central NJ in Greenbrook on Rte. 22E. Five Guys suck. If they won't cook their meat anything but well done I don't trust their quality. And why do they insist on halving the hot dogs? I'll never go again.

                              1. re: johnlockedema

                                I visited the new Five Guys here in Poughkeepsie and I think the chain and their burgers are seriously overated and overpriced. I could make a better burger on my George Foreman. $11,95 for a large bacon cheesburger, small fry, and a large drink? Ridiculous. Give me a Red Robin any day...a better value

                                1. re: potowneagle

                                  I agree about 5Guys. The burgers are overpriced hockey pucks.


                                  1. re: Fred19

                                    Right on, Fred.....5 Guys sucks big time.

                              2. re: potowneagle

                                That is 2 minutes away from me!! It's about time they got rid of that old Howling Dog! I guess I haven't looked recently.

                              3. Binghamton's got a Sonic now-- on Upper Front! I'll be checking it out on my next trip there. Sounds like plans are in the works for more locations in the Southern Tier. Somehow I think Sonic might lose its novelty for me if it becomes so easily found!


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                                1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

                                  So I checked out the Sonic in Bing this weekend.... it's really funny.... they must have rented the adjoining lot because they have a "STAGING AREA" where long lines can form for stall service and drive through. We went at about 4:30 so it wasn't that crowded but apparently at peak times it is verrrrrrrrrrry crowded with hour + waits. Crazy!!

                                  I really am not crazy about the food but I do realllllllly like the ice cream concoctions and the drinks so I had to check it out! The workers are so nice and like other Sonics it's open 6 AM to 12 AM. We each had ice cream blasts-- I had a butterfinger and my bf had reeses-- yum! Bing has so many chains already that it's funny this one is getting such buzz-- I wonder how long the hoopla will last!

                                    1. re: kaaaassss

                                      From my point of view, it's not that it is such a big deal, but it is curiosity, as I get bombarded with Sonic commercials on cable, but there are none in the area to check out. Finally hit one when I was in Florida, but only for a drink. I haven't sampled any of the things that they are truly known for. Need to finally time getting to one and having the stomach space to appreciate one of their ice cream treats.

                                      1. re: ltlevy

                                        Well said, ltlevy, re: curiosity. And, simply, it's fun.