The Olive Garden is the antithesis of fine dining in New York City, and it is a really long wait almost any time of the day or night. Sometimes you can get lucky if it's just a party of 2 and can eat downstairs with a relatively short wait. Still, the food is mediocre, the prices are not inexpensive - the main thing going for this place is the never ending salad bowl. It literally never ends. This is actually untrue, since the waitstaff won't really bring you more than one bowl. You can push them to bring you a second, but they'll delay bringing it out until your food is there and then you can't fit everything on the table. It's really a mess. But it is never ending!