Applebee's

★★☆☆☆
  • 701 State Rt 440

    Jersey City, NJ 07304

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  • 201-200-9940

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Sun-Wed 11am-1am, Thu-Sat 11am-2am

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We visited this Applebees Sat. 2/18/2012, and I think it's best to review while the experience is fresh in one's mind. It's always interesting to see a franchise brand in different locations. It's a great gauge of how well the essence of a theme holds up as the demographics change. One of the most striking differences I can see in this Applebees from the others we've been to is purely visual - it's the ethnicity. Yes, folks, I am going "there".

This location is in Jersey City, and we ended up here after visiting for the first time in many years , the nearby Jersey Gardens Mall. I honestly think the food and the service was on par with the other Applebees we have visited: the two further North in Bergen county - in Hackensack and Paramus. This location sits along a strip of 440 south that includes a Lowes and Staples, etc... the usual shopping destinations.

It would be dishonest to pretend one doesn't notice though, and I can only speak for this particular evening, that this Jersey City location is predominantly staffed and patronized by Blacks and Hispanics, to the percentage of about 80% . It's no secret that the Red Lobster restaurant chain has been the subject of widespread discourse in past years due to how popular it had become for Blacks and Hispanics to flock to it in urban areas as their "big night out". It's even spawned the slur " Black Lobster", reflecting racial condescension that so stubbornly persists in our society.

I welcomed the opportunity to see if there was any difference in the quality of this Applebees dining experience. We arrived at around 6pm, which is best when you have two young children in tow. If you wait until the more popular dining hours, you run the risk of long waits for seating and meal service and that will obviously impact your level of enjoyment

For us, as a social experiment, this night was pretty much uneventful. Yes, our waiter and many of those I saw on duty at that time were of color, and men by coincidence. But the level of service, and the food, was as delicious as we've had at any Applebees. The only thing is, I did seem to remember a more expanded menu offering at the other locations, and this Applebees seemed just a tad smaller in seating capacity. But the appetizers and entrees came quickly, and the cheesy salty splurging of calories were as tasty and as bad for any weight loss diet as ever. I would recommend it to any one that finds themselves in the area.

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★★★☆☆

We visited this Applebees Sat. 2/18/2012, and I think it's best to review while the experience is fresh in one's mind. It's always interesting to see a franchise brand in different locations. It's a great gauge of how well the essence of a theme holds up as the demographics change. One of the most striking differences I can see in this Applebees from the others we've been to is purely visual - it's the ethnicity. Yes, folks, I am going "there".

This location is in Jersey City, and we ended up here after visiting for the first time in many years , the nearby Jersey Gardens Mall. I honestly think the food and the service was on par with the other Applebees we have visited: the two further North in Bergen county - in Hackensack and Paramus. This location sits along a strip of 440 south that includes a Lowes and Staples, etc... the usual shopping destinations.

It would be dishonest to pretend one doesn't notice though, and I can only speak for this particular evening, that this Jersey City location is predominantly staffed and patronized by Blacks and Hispanics, to the percentage of about 80% . It's no secret that the Red Lobster restaurant chain has been the subject of widespread discourse in past years due to how popular it had become for Blacks and Hispanics to flock to it in urban areas as their "big night out". It's even spawned the slur " Black Lobster", reflecting racial condescension that so stubbornly persists in our society.

I welcomed the opportunity to see if there was any difference in the quality of this Applebees dining experience. We arrived at around 6pm, which is best when you have two young children in tow. If you wait until the more popular dining hours, you run the risk of long waits for seating and meal service and that will obviously impact your level of enjoyment

For us, as a social experiment, this night was pretty much uneventful. Yes, our waiter and many of those I saw on duty at that time were of color, and men by coincidence. But the level of service, and the food, was as delicious as we've had at any Applebees. The only thing is, I did seem to remember a more expanded menu offering at the other locations, and this Applebees seemed just a tad smaller in seating capacity. But the appetizers and entrees came quickly, and the cheesy salty splurging of calories were as tasty and as bad for any weight loss diet as ever. I would recommend it to any one that finds themselves in the area.

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