Denny’s — 71.7 decibels

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No, this is not a joke.  We actually went to the only Denny’s in Manhattan to see what is was like.  Why? It was the Sunday before Labor Day, we were wandering around the City Hall area, and there weren’t many other options available–many places were closed.  So we thought, what the hell, let’s see if Denny’s would try to be “hip” or would look and taste like a typical suburban Denny’s.

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The answer is that in some ways this Denny’s is like any other–the menu is full of the typical list of craptastic offerings–but the space is a lot nicer than your typical Denny’s. We sat by the bar in the front of the space (that’s where they put the smaller tables).  At first we were concerned when we saw the large flat screen tv, but even though every table was taken, the space was calm. Generic pop played softly in the background and the ceilings were high, so the soundscape was perfectly fine. It was move in day at nearby Pace University, which probably accounted for the crowd.

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So how was the food?  We don’t know. It never showed up.  Nor did we see anyone else get served. The staff was apologetic, but really, it’s a Denny’s, it’s not like the kitchen got a rush order for 20 servings of lobster Thermidor.  And given that the real reason for our visit was that we became suddenly very hungry during our jaunt and entered because we assumed we would be served quickly, let’s just say we were very unhappy.  After 30 minutes of waiting, with no end in sight, we left hungrier than when we entered (and we weren’t the only ones who walked out). Was this an anomaly?  We don’t know, and we don’t care.

If you feel compelled to visit a chain restaurant in the city, at least this one isn’t loud. But unless there are no other options, go somewhere else. New York City has over 40,000 restaurants. There is no reason to visit this one.


6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. every day


Street (at the corner of Spruce Street), New York, NY 10038


Denny’s Nassau Street

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