I enjoy the place, including the fact it is so huge, it can offer OTB for those who enjoy equine sports. The OTB portion is seprate and upstairs, by the way. Agree that it's a great place, but the quality of food, although generous is sometimes uneven. But even when I'm feeling low, I usually wind up feeling better, by the time I leave. If I'm alone, usually I wind up in a conversation with an unpretentious local citizen.
Of course, I'm just an Astoria wannabe, stuck in an apartment in Flushing.