grilled amish chicken breast, cucumber, crispy bacon, fried egg, ktchn made chips
Since when are chicken religious...are chicken really Amish?
parmesan shoe strings
For the foot worshipping diner.
Is there an "in" hotel? What is the point of this?
R1 I think the Amish chicken means it was free range and not all pumped up with chemicals.
Ask them the point.
Is the Galloping Gourmet their new chef?
R5 if it means that then say that.
I think it means they found some off brand from Vietnam called Amish chicken that is loaded with crap and rather than pay for a free range chicken they put Amish on the menu to dupe you.
I'm tempted to say it doesn't try hard enough, OP. Penne? A "chilled seafood tasting" that sounds like leftovers from the local sushi bar? Chocolate mousse cake? This is all Suburban Nightmare food, and the sort of thing gay people moved to or visited NYC to get away from.
I actually think the menu looks quite good. There are a number of selections I wouldn't mind trying out. Is this some new gay hotel or what?
And who the hell designed the interior? Have they not been in a new, urban restaurant in their lives? It looks like the lobby of the Peoria branch of a second-rate Japanese businessman's hotel from 1994.
The prices are ridiculous...$7 for some rabe.
Queens are too precious there
[quote]Penne Pasta: grilled fennel, braised artichokes, fava beans, niçoise olives, pecorino romano
And it's only $19!!!!
Give me a fucking Hamburger and Fries and go away. And I ain't paying $17 for it, either.
[quote]The prices are ridiculous...$7 for some rabe.
In midtown Manhattan, that's a bargain.
the prices don't seem that bad for NYC, but it's more than I would spend unless on a business meeting. I doubt many business travelers will be popping in, Gay restaurants might only appeal to companies like Google or Facebook. There was nothing on the menu that peaked my interests, but I'm anything but a gourmand.
Brought to you by the culinary masterminds of Olive Garden....
There is a tradition of Amish food preparation. Just Google Amish Peanut Butter Pie.
Some of queens try too hard to come off as know it alls.
What's with the "divide and share" menu? The price is actually double what is listed there since it is "for two". Will they make a single portion? My dining companions rarely want to eat the same thing.
The only person coming off as a know-it-all is the bitter old fart at R18
By the way this hotel is on the Google Maps "walk around inside the building" thingy.
It all looks completely normal to me. *shrug* We have the same kind of stuff in my small town on the other coast.
R23 exactly...it is a small town menu in a big city. It tries hard and fails.
what's with the baby spinach "your way"? If I wanted it my way, I stay home and make it myself. I come to your restaurant so I can have it your way, not my way.
At least everything isn't status-labeled with the provenance of the food ("Fwafwa Farms Chicken").
That said, it seems aimed at the flip-flops-and-brunch crowd of a certain age, which is fine.
Was there a brunch menu?
I missed that one....
I hear it is not doing well.
It's on 42nd Street, so I dont think they are expecting the international set to be their customer base.
[quote]It's on 42nd Street, so I dont think they are expecting the international set to be their customer base.
What the hell are you talking about? That's the base of Hell's Kitchen, which is the entire reason that location was chosen for the dismal hotel in the first place. It's a very easy walk from any point in the biggest gay neighborhood in NYC at the moment.
That it's doing as badly as it is says much about not only the management and business plan, but what people expect when they travel to Manhattan anymore. We're one of the most gay places in the world now--there's no real need for a special hotel anymore. Any hotel in town will put you up without batting an eye (which has frankly been the case for at least a decade anyway).
R29 Thank you for reaffirming my point. It is catering to tourists from places where the idea of a "gay neighborhood" is thrilling. Those who have taste and prefer something novel and fresh and quality are not going to be interested.
Why would anyone "brand" a hotel in a way that causes 97% of your customer base to avoid it like the plague?
Sigh, you gays hate heterosexuals, you gays hate other gays, you gays hate your parents. You self-loathe yourself. Now, you gays hate this hotel.
Is there anything you gays do not hate?
Thanks for chiming in, Out Hotel management at r32. Just because we think your pandering and poor management make your crap establishment not only unnecessary but a must-to-avoid doesn't mean we hate everyhing. Just you.
The idea of a "gay hotel" seems so 1960s to me. Who the fuck needs (or wants) a "gay hotel" in 2013?
I wouldn't eat there because of the damned name. How trendy and clever to leave out the "E"! That's so postmodern, or poststructuralist, or something!
Newbie gays from the sticks, r34. Few of whom are spending their money on traveling to the Out hotel anyway, it seems.
Behold! A Gay Travel reviewer who hates the OUT hotel.
Seems the gays aren't buying the bullshit.
I recall hearing that this hotel was going to have special rooms available at reduced rates for cute young guys who they thought "fit" the concept. I wonder how that's panning out.
R39 not well.
Those men don't want to stay there.
IF they totally re-configured the restaurant and made it something special and different it could be a profit center vs. a loss center.
I stayed in a couple of gay hotels years ago. Loud music night and day.
Some like it quiet.
The head chef is a graduate of The Olive Garden Institute of Tuscany.
"your link is bad and to something else"
No, it links to a quite fair critique of the hotel.
I stayed there for three nights (I won a raffle) and everything he wrote is true. It's pretty to look at, like a Star Trek set, but very problematic.
Fortunately, after complaining about the noise, I was given a room on the other side of the building away from the club noise and the wheezing heater in one of the tiny rooms.
Ed, just order me a burger, fries and a beer- I'm hittin' the john..
Does anyone know if Jay Janis is involved. He is one of those rich tacky men who do this type of business.
[quote]minimal lobby with low lighting and a fashionable soundtrack
fashionable soundtrack = shrill sound of girls shrieking to a tuneless noise
Don't tell the gays, but everyone we know calls it the AIDS Hotel.
You couldn't pay us to stay there.
The reviews on the various sites are funny, they range from almost worshipful to 1 star. Either they LOVE it and it is AMAZING or they hated it and it was noisy and dirty.
Same with the food and everytime they get a bad review immediately two AMAZING ones pop up.
Sexy Fries, Salt & Vinegar -smoked paprika & garlic
Why does everyone try to disguise the taste of an honest potato these days?
It can be sublime.
The whole place (hotel, XL,restaurant) is in trouble. Mr wig wearing J Blair/Sutto are looking for new "investors". That means their asses are broke. Heard rumors of overcharged credit cards. XL is nothing more than a skanky bar where tired old RuPaul contestants go to retire. Any Bunny, girl you are too old and fat to keep the show going. Retire and move your fat tired ass back to Tennessee. I do think calling it the AIDS Hotel is funny.Shanda, bitches.
No. It's not.
There is nothing funny about AIDS and anyone who thinks there is, is a cretin who should fuck off and die.
Actually I had a really good meal there. The staff was very nice. Also stayed there. Very nice hotel. Was not what one might think of as a typical gay hotel.
Sounds like a rip-off. How are they thinking of getting a crowd over to 42nd between 10th and 11th Aves for such high-priced, twee food!?
"Either they LOVE it and it is AMAZING or they hated it..."
In other words, the positive reviews are fake.
XL makes a fortune. The line is always down the block. I'm sure their making enough to keep to whole complex open.
What type of guys stay at this hotel?
If we market ourselves as "GAY", the gays will flock to us.
Price and service are secondary, those gays will buy anything labeled as GAY GAY GAY!
How long before this place is completely overrun by shrieking, obnoxious straight women who come to stay with "their gays" or think it's just a hoot to bring their bridesmaids-to-be all the way from Omaha/Oklahoma City/Little Rock/Atlanta and just get all 'wild and crazy' with the local queers; the same queers they'd mock and gossip about back home?
Just don't get the 'gay hotel' thing in the 21st Century.
R53 = Homophobic, vile troll who needs to die painfully, and slowly.
[quote]Just don't get the 'gay hotel' thing in the 21st Century.
Me either, unless it's a hotel that sleeps exclusively with other hotels of the same gender.
The menu sounds delicious. I would totally go here!
I've seen Amish potato salad, Amish baked beans, and Amish macaroni salad. I've asked at places where it's sold, "What makes it Amish?" Nobody has the answer. I've also seen Mennonite potato salad.
"Amish" food is trendy in NYC right now.
Those "sophisticated" New Yorkers are a bunch of suckers.
[quote]There was nothing on the menu that peaked my interests, but I'm anything but a gourmand.
Anything but a speller too.
"Those "sophisticated" New Yorkers are a bunch of suckers."
Really. If you've ever been to a real Amish farm...it's far from hygienic.
The menu admittedly looks pretty dumb, but it's hardly something unique to gay hotels. That could be the menu at any of thousands upon thousands of trendy, pretentious restaurants across the country.
How is a Gay hotel any different from an S&M hotel?
The hotel looks absolutely horrid and all the music coming from everywhere sounds like a nightmare.
& that gross area in the middle with the fake grass and the bean bags, is not somewhere I'd choose to pass my time.
Better to deal with the homophobes at The Hilton than go to this place.
Do gays really go there thinking they'll hook up? That's just as likely to happen anywhere.
You realize that once you get past the age of 20.
[quote]"Amish" food is trendy in NYC right now.
There is nothing trendy about the Amish Market; it's just a grocery store that's been around forever.
R71 then why is is always seniors who stay at gay resorts and not 20 somethings?
I was under the impression this hotel was a major financial and social flop? The concept is so 1999.
I haven't read the whole thread to check, but am I the only one who noticed that the guy in the picture at OP's link has slipped his feet out of his flip-flops and has bare feet in the restaurant?!? Ew.
If it's been discussed already, sorry.
If it hasn't been discussed already, you're slipping, DL.