May 4, 2004

Court Street McDonald's

POST #    999

I've said it before, and I'm saying it again, the McDonald's on Court Street is the worst McDonald's in the world. After last night's movie, I was quite hungry and had a disturbing craving for McDonald's. I get out of the subway, saunter on over to McDonald's, pull on the door, and it's locked. Frankly, this came as a big surprise because I clearly remember advertisements saying that McDonald's is now open when you're hungry and that they are now open later, some all night. Now, you're probably thinking, "well, maybe this McDonald's wasn't open that late." It was 10:20 and it was all locked up. This might be considered late if your hours dictate 10 p.m. as closing time, but the sign clearly stated that they close at midnight.

What the hell? This confirms that the McDonald's on Court Street in Brooklyn, New York, is the worst McDonald's ever. Well, at least the worst one I've been to.

Update: 11:33 p.m., 5.4.04
There was another sign tonight that said they are upgrading their equipment and will close at 10 p.m., while they are doing that. Will that improve their personnel issues? I hope so. They still suck.

Posted by tien mao in Food/Drink, Rants at 4:48 PM



I am also a frequenter of this particular McDonalds, and while I've seen better, it is not the worst McDonalds in the world. I can say with some certainty that the McDonalds at 40th and Walnut in Philadelphia is the worst McDonalds in the world. It is very rare that it is open past 10 or so, and you will likely wait 30 minutes to get someone elses BigMac when you actually ordered Chicken McNuggets. They are perpetually out of fries and the employees have the worst attitudes of any McDonalds I have ever been to. I am not a fan of the Court Street McDonalds, but compared to the Philly one it is Five Star dining.

Posted by: Standard Deviance at May 5, 2004 10:51 AM

McDonald's at 10:20 pm? I'd be up until 5 am trying to digest that.

Given your McDonald's posts, and the post on the film festival with the eating guy, I think you should try to see "Super Size Me", an indie documentary coming out May 7th about a guy that eats nothing by McDonald's three meals a day for one month. I'm thinking this will be great, but I'll likely have to wait a while to catch it in my area of the country. You'll probably be able to find it somewhere in NY this weekend.

Posted by: joe at May 5, 2004 11:19 AM

Oh, forgot to add that I don't think I've eaten any single item from a McDonald's in over 4 years now.

Posted by: joe at May 5, 2004 11:20 AM

wow, sd, if this is five star dining, i don't want to know what that mcdonald's in philly is like.

joe, i just had a craving. a salty french fry craving. and maybe some nuggets. and of course i'll be watching "super size me" - it's right up my alley.

Posted by: tien at May 5, 2004 12:00 PM

i hate it when printed info isn't updated. because when you expect A and then get B, it's much worse than if you expected B all along. i was purchasing dessert for the aforementioned Dos de Mayo and saw in my Mexico Lindo delivery menu that it was $2.50 each. i stopped by and looked at the menu at the restaurant and it said $3.95. eh, whatever--pricy, but i had already made up my mind. so i put in an order and they packed it up and told me they were actually $6 each. WTF? they said they didn't update their main menu, but the dessert menu was updated and they showed that to me. again, i was like, i'm pissed, but i already made up my mind. then they go and charge me 10% tax. their credit card machine wasn't working right so they said it would work out to my not really paying tax (as if that was going to make everything great). turns out what they ended up charging me was pretty much right taxwise--hmm, maybe why it was "broken" was because your waiter spent 10 minutes trying to figure out the tax and can't do basic math with a calculator. guess i won't be going there again.

Posted by: el at May 5, 2004 2:08 PM

It is sad to see so many McDonalds getting run down and seedy. They used to be famous for their high basic standards of cleanliness, service and accuracy. The McD in downtown Seattle was one of the saddest we had ever seen for years, but it is much better now that it has been remodeled. Even the customers look happier and more prosperous, though we are sure they are the same people.

As for the food, it has been decades. We haven't had a Big Mac since the fourth of July in 1981 when we had an unfortunate digestive incident. We haven't had the fries since the late 80s when they stopped frying them in beef tallow and switched to some unnamed and rather wretched vegetable product.

We are pleased to see that they have been continual innovators in the American diet, but they need to get their quality police back in action.

Posted by: A Kaleberg at May 5, 2004 2:28 PM

I would venture an opponent for the worst McDonalds title on Essex & Delancey. An easy hit for a 3am McChicken or fries on the LES I found myself stumbling in there from time to time. When you're drunk, you don't learn so good. Every time I regretted it. The miserable people behind the counter were making everyone's life annoying by getting pissed off with every customer order. The place always smelled weird (even for McDonalds), and the last (and final) time I went in there, I saw a roach the size of my fist scuttling along the wall. I walked out... but nobody else seemed to care. That was it for me.

Though the most amusing visit to McDonalds was on Canal Street in Chinatown. My friend Abi and I walked in so she could get a Coke 'cause it was hot as fuck out. The cashier was on her cellphone when we got to the front of the line. Abi said, "Hi. Can I get a medium Coke?". The cashier rolled her eyes, tilted her head towards her and responded, "Pshhht! Wha happen???". Abi answered, "What happenned was, I ordered a medium coke."

Hmmm, maybe that's funnier in person.

Posted by: KP at May 7, 2004 12:22 AM

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