June 12, 2018 New York USA

Applebee’s Diner at the Woodbury Outlet New York

Non-smokers friendly

3.5 out of 5 based on 1 professional review.

RATING:70/100

Welcoming: 1/5

Food Temperature: 8/10

Ambiance / Music: 7.5/10

Menu Choice: 5/5

Food Taste: 25/30

Architecture / Interior: 3/10

Food presentation: 8/10

Service: 6/10

Value for money: 8/10

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When you spend the day walking in the sun, enjoying light and fresh vibes, arrive at Applebee’s for a dark and dimmed ambiance you really don’t want to experience. I’m not sure what’s the idea behind this decor instead of keeping it lit and positive. Is it a guys-night-out at a pub, when Woodbury is a family destination? After enjoying Applebee’s in Dubai, I stopped for a late lunch at The Woodbury Outlet.

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Fully occupied, the hostess asks you to wait for your turn. No one smiles, dark colors, dimmed lights... a heavy ambiance.

A diner’s menu proposes a selection of drinks, signature cocktails, beers, loaded appetizers, soups and salads, steaks and ribs, chicken seafood, pasta, burgers, sandwiches, tacos, and wraps. Some items caught my attention: the brisket quesadilla, nachos, “build your appetizer” sampler, big sized steaks, bourbon chicken, double crunch shrimp, chicken Parmesan Pasta, whiskey bacon burger barbecue brisket tacos.

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How about margaritas to accompany lunch; unfortunately you cannot be served alcohol without a valid ID despite my white hair. The manager could go to jail if I don’t have an ID on me; I ended up having a Coke; a Diet Pepsi and I enjoyed it.

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At the table, check out this new technology; a tablet to order drinks and appetizers while the waitress approaches for the order.

In a restaurant seating 234 people we had the chance and honor to sit at “the only table” with light coming from the window; for the photos, and just to feel like having lunch not dinner, this is the table to choose.

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Lunch is served:

  • The neighborhood nachos: white corn tortilla chips topped with taco seasoned ground beef, queso Blanco, a blend of cheddar cheese. Sour cream, pico de gallo and fried jalapeños.
  • Appetizer sampler: chicken wonton tacos, mozzarella sticks, chicken quesadilla 
  • Double glazed baby ribs, slow cooked to fall off the bone. Slathered with honey barbecue sauce.
  • Whiskey bacon burger: caramelized onions and bacon seared into an all-beef patty piled with pepper jack cheese, crispy onions, bacon and fireball whiskey infused steak sauce on a brioche bun.

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I enjoyed the food: loved the burger brioche bun and juicy patty with the sweet whiskey sauce. The French fries, unpeeled and fried to perfection with a light sprinkle of salt. Crispy mozzarella sticks with a molten heart. Minced meat is covering a mountain of crunchy nachos. Tender ribs embraced in a sweet sauce. 

The true American diner experience close to the one of Chili’s, Hard Rock Cafe or Planet Hollywood, Applebee’s food is loaded with flavors and recommended.

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