New York City Recap; ESPN Zone

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Stef and I went up to New York City last Saturday. For our anniversary I was able to get tickets to The Little Mermaid on Broadway, a show Stef has wanted to see since it debuted. We took a bus ride up, ate at the ESPN Zone in Times Square, and walked up and down a few times before the show, and a little bit after the show.

Over the next few days I want to share the experience with you. Today we take a look at the food we consumed...

After the bus dropped us off in front of a McDonald's, Stef and I walked towards the epicenter of Times Square and ate at the ESPN Zone. I had eaten there before but this was Stef's first time. I ordered a Black and Blue Burger, a burger "seasoned with blackening spice, topped with gorgonzola cheese, and served on a toasted bun with lettuce, onion, tomato, and chipotle mayonnaise. It was amazing. Stef ordered a grilled chicken caeser salad. It looked good.

We ate while the college football pre game shows were on, which was interesting. It was fairly empty when we entered, but by the time we left the place was filling up, especially around the bar area as the noon college games were getting set to kick off. There was one Iowa State fan who was definitely amped for his team's game against Iowa.

Aside from the college football fans there were plenty of New York Mets and Yankees fans getting in a good meal before their baseball teams took the field that afternoon. And what took me by surprise was the number of Tampa Bay Rays fans I found. One guy was wearing a Devil Rays Fred McGriff jersey in the ESPN Zone.
Yeah. It's even uglier on an overweight white guy wearing his hat backwards.

What I love about the ESPN Zone is the bathrooms. If you use the stall you'll have a TV hanging above you tuned to one of the games on TV at the moment, or I would assume whatever is on ESPN. Need the urinal? Don't worry, for there is a miniature tv screen placed right in the wall for you.

I may despise ESPN on the whole as a network, but they have their restaurant in top form. The food isn't much more expensive than you would expect to pay at an Applebees or Ruby Tuesday either. With the Spectrum being torn down soon I hope that an ESPN Zone finds a way to have a home in the development project that will take its place. I think it would be a great idea, especially with an ESPN Radio affiliate now in Philadelphia (950 ESPN).

Other similar alternatives in New York City include a Planet Hollywood and the good old Hard Rock Cafe.

Tomorrow: Dale and Thomas Popcorn

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