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.