I love Bubba Gump, I know that it’s cheesy and that as an adult I probably should eat in more grown up resturants, but forget that I am a big kid at heart and this is my kind of place. If I am visiting New York for more than a couple of days I just have to pop in to this particular branch, call it an act of worship at the Times Square alter of food sin if you wish, an excuse to buy Forest Gump related merchandise that I don’t need, or just a moment to lose yourself amongst the ‘smoke and mirrors ‘of entertainment that the glitzy and glossy Times Square theatre of Disneyesque fun delivers.
I can never settle for just one of the individual items on the menu at Bubba’s so usually end up getting one of the platters on this occasion it was to be a Shrimper’s Heaven. This is a combination of the shrimp options; Hand Breaded Coconut Shrimp, Chilli Shrimp, Fried Shrimp, and Japanese style Tempura Shrimp with Fries. It comes with some dipping sauces including Tangy Asian, Cajun Marmalade, and Zesty Cocktail. My favourite of those is the Cajun Marmalade which goes best with the Coconut Shrimp, the Tangy Asian paired well with the Fried Shrimp and the Chilli Shrimp.
It is not cheap in here, even for Times Square it is a bumper $21.99, add into that a couple of beers and you are staring down the barrel of a $40 snack. Worth it? Yes for the cheese factor of course!
One tip if you are on your own or just a couple. There is usually a 15-20 minute wait at best and at the weekend can be nearer 40mins, but if you eat at the bar you nearly always can walk straight up and in, so I always just walk in and ask if I can get a drink at the bar and without fail that works out just fine and dandy.
This particular Bubba is at 1501 Broadway Manhattan, but just head for Times Square and you will not miss it.