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Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
September 6, 2012
From journal A Few Days in New York
September 28, 2005
So when we walked by Planet Hollywood on Times Square, I knew we would be eating here. They had balloons, carnival barkers, and lots of action out front, all the hooks a 9- and 10-year-old need.
If you don't know Planet Hollywood, it is a restaurant chain that was started by a group of movie stars, including Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Their gimmick is a lot of movie memorabilia tacked up. They opened with a lot of fanfare and quickly went bankrupt (Arnold manages a restaurant chain about as well as he manages a state). This is their second go around in New York. Most of the newer places depend on a heavy fill of tourists.
This location is on Time Square, and the first floor is a store and upstairs is the restaurant.
The day we went, the restaurant was surprisingly empty, though we still had to wait for a table (they were short staffed).
I was a little underwhelmed, even at the movie props they had on display. Most of the movies displayed I had never even heard of. I did like the costumes from the Sound of Music and the items from Titanic, but most everything else was some B-grade movie.
We ordered burgers, and they took forever to come. When they came, they were undercooked and cold, and the fries also were cold. I would have sent them back, but we couldn't find our server and decided to just do our best and eat cold burgers and fries.
Even the kids realized their boo-boo on this one. Patrick said that it was just a place with a lot of junk hung up and really bad food. His review pretty much says it all!
From journal Some like it HOT - New York in August
July 14, 2005
From journal New York, New York
Charlotte, North Carolina
January 21, 2005
Take the time to stop by the gift shop for a T-shirt. When we were there they had some really cool shirts designed by West Coast Choppers. If you have the kids in tow, they will love the place. After all, who can resist dining under the watchful eye of a Terminator who does double duty as a California governor?
From journal A southern belle in the big city- New York City
October 30, 2004
We decided to eat here whilst we were in Times Square, as it was one of the few places without a queue. We were given seats quickly, and the service overall was good. The food was typical PH stuff: burgers, pasta, pizza, etc. The place itself is pretty large -- one of the largest PHs we have been in -- and has all the usual movie memorabilia, including the dress Demi Moore wore in Indecent Proposal.
However, it was the restroom that is worth mentioning. I had to visit the ladies’ room and was greeted at the door by the attendant. She then led me to a cubicle, opened the door for me and then closed it for me – very over-the-top. When I exited the cubicle, she directed me to a basin, turned on the tap for me, and then squirted some liquid soap into my hands. When I had finished washing my hands, she turned the tap off and passed me a paper towel. I had entered the bathroom without my handbag, so I could not leave her a tip, but she certainly deserved one. I was so amazed at this service that, when I returned to my seat, I told my husband, who promptly went to the men’s room to see what that was like. He reported back that the door was opened for him and that he was offered soap, but thankfully, that is all the help he received!!!!
If anyone is in the Times Square area and needs to use the restroom, go into Planet Hollywood for a first-class performance!
From journal A Week in New York