Dinner at New York City's Last Roy Rogers

401 7th Avenue @ 32nd Street. Right across 7th Avenue from the main east entrance to Penn Station.
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Roy Rogers was down to two locations in New York City. They were both run by Riese Restaurants. Now the Penn Station location has closed for renovation, with a sign indicating that Roy Rogers will be replaced by KFC.

So this is it! The last remaining Roy Rogers in New York City! Riese Restaurants also replaced Roy Rogers around the corner on 34th Street with more contemporary options, so I wouldn't count on this one lasting.

It's a real time warp walking into this place. Roy's classic photo is hanging there, as are many pieces of Roy Rogers memorabilia. There are two former heated oven-type things to keep food warm, but they're no longer in service and have "for display only" signs on them. Strangely enough there are aluminum wrapped sandwiches "on display".

Roy Rogers 3.jpgIt took five minutes for service to arrive. I could have walked over to the Nathan's counter, but I was curious how long it would take. I ordered a Gold Rush Chicken Sandwich combo and was given the choice of several sides such as fries, cold slaw, and mashed potatoes. I chose fries. My soda was also served to me and I made my way over to the cashier.

After paying I went to the signature "Fixins Bar" to top off my sandwich. The lettuce looked a little sad, but the tomatoes and onions were fine (they last longer). There were little pre-filled cups of barbecue sauce and either mayonnaise or horseradish sauce (probably the later since Roy serves roast beef sandwiches as well). Then I went over to the Nathan's condiment section to pump out some ketchup. I love places with a ketchup pump... If there's one thing I hate it's having to deal with ketchup packets.

The sandwich and the fries tasted pretty good, no complaints there. While eating I heard a woman outside ask "WTF is Roy Rogers?" Classic... Enjoy it while it lasts.

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THIS IS SO SAD...I REMEMBER WHEN ROY'S WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE..I HOPE THEY COME BACK BIG

THIS IS SO SAD...I REMEMBER WHEN ROY'S WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE..I HOPE THEY COME BACK BIG

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