There are some places where even the bravest fear to tread. One of these is the Times Square Olive Garden, a restaurant universally despised by New Yorkers for representing the most touristy experience possible. It's often filled to the brim with families paying three times what they normally would for the same food they eat back at home. Many wonder why anyone would ever eat as such an establishment! That very question is the prompt of a Reddit post with over 11,000 replies:
Redditors who have eaten at the Times Square Olive Garden, why?
Some of the replies are truly hilarious. One man was simply exhausted and unable to handle the big city:
Tourist. Jet lagged. Hungry. Overexcited about being in NY. Slightly intimidated by the whole thing. Really hungry.
One New Yorker visits the restaurant because it reminds her of home:
Lived in NYC for five years and sometimes we got suburb home sick. It was an easy medicine. Plus … free refills!
One poster ate there to take refuge from a hurricane:
Went to college in NYC during Hurricane Sandy. With the power out for a few days after, my roommates and I went out looking for food and electricity (midtown still had power). We convinced ourselves that the Times Square Olive Garden was a better option than fighting for outlets in an ATM vestibule.
$25 for 4 hours of charging my phone, unlimited breadsticks, and drinks. Marginally worth it. 3/5 would do it again next hurricane.
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