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A depressing ripoff mistake

We live near Union Square. My daughter, age 12, and I decided to try TGI Friday's for a Saturday lunch, thinking it would be a fun and tasty nod to suburbia. Not so. $4 for tea. $17 for a sandwich. Lower quality and worse taste than any other place I can think of. It made McDonald's seem like a four-star restaurant, and McDonald's doesn't cost $26 per person. Never ever again.
But the waiter, Ray, was very nice.

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TGI Friday's
34 Union Square E, New York, NY 10003

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  1. Had you ever eaten in one before? I'm kind of mystified about why you thought it would be tasty?

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    1. re: MikeG

      Olive Garden and Applebee's aren't bad so.....

      1. re: jmmantel

        Hmm, never been to those, so I can't compare. I've been forced by circumstance to eat at a few TGIFs (in various 'burbs, in various states) and it's always been bad though I guess I didn't think worse than McDonald's...

        1. re: MikeG

          <Olive Garden and Applebee's aren't bad so.....>

          Well, actually, they are. Too salty, too greasy, too expensive for what you get. I'd rather have peanut butter cheese crackers and a can of Yuengling than Olive Garden or Applebees. If I'm gonna eat lousy food, I wanna eat lousy food that doesn't pretend otherwise.

          1. re: small h

            Amen, small h! I'd just eat an apple or whatever until I could get somewhere with more promise. Or any unknown local diner, for that matter.

            1. re: MelMM

              Ah, the unknown local diner. I'm batting about .275 with those, but I don't intend to stop trying. Otherwise I would never know the myriad ways to ruin eggs over easy and home fries (undercook! overcook! imbue with a mysterious fishy odor!) But hope springs eternal.

        2. re: jmmantel

          I've never been to Olive Garden but found Applebee's disgusting the one time I was taken there by a friend on the way back from a gig (it wasn't my choice and wasn't in Manhattan, and it was years ago).

          1. re: jmmantel

            I opt for starvation before going to either, throw in TGIF as well. I'll go out of my way to find the local guy who puts their heart and sole into the chow.

            1. re: treb

              I know you didn't mean it this way but I'm just imagining a line cook taking his foot and mashing a steak into the kitchen floor, thinking to himself, "How's that for sole? Eat up!"
              *Use any of the many references from the movie "Waiting"*

              1. re: treb

                Well, at least we now know where that "fishy taste" in the potatoes is coming from....sorry. Couldn't resist.

              2. re: jmmantel

                wow, that hasn't been my experience of either applebee's or olive garden. maybe you just got lucky with those. don't have a TGIF here any more, they closed about half of them nationwide (hint, hint) the ones here weren't terrible, not even bad. just not good, and yes, overpriced.

            2. Stand Up...put the crappy chain menus down...move away from the table...take your daughter out of those restaurants ...view recommendations from other Manhattan Chowhounds...never go back to ANY of those places.

              Welcome to CH, where people will teach you and your daughter the pleasures of eating and never having to return to Apples, TGs and OGs

              1. You paid $17 for a sandwich at TGiF? Jimminy Christmas!

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                1. re: pikawicca

                  $17 more than at Katz's or Carneggie Delis.

                2. Now you know! The tuition is kind of high but the lesson is valid. If someone had told you to stay away, you'd always wonder. Nothing beats first hand knowledge.

                  1. obscenities fail even me, sometimes.