I love Applebee’s.
OK, I know what you are thinking. “With all the great restaurants in NYC, why would you go to Applebee’s?”
My friend knows the bartender and he takes good care of us. It’s inexpensive. We always end up talking to bar flies and locals from the neighborhood. It’s close to my apartment.
I wish we had a local watering hole that wasn’t a chain, but that particular Applebee’s has done something incredible. It has given the residents in our somewhat divided neighborhood a place where we can all sit down and get to know one another over 1/2 price drinks. That’s worth more to me than any experience I could have with bunch of dudes in midtown dressed in suits.