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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Houlihan's Restaurant Review: Going strong since 1972, the well-known red awning attracts diners who can recite the menu backwards if you ask them. This familiarity is instant feel-good to the folks who depend on the potato soup, burgers and salads to be fresh and tasty. The menu has gone global over the years---there's bruschetta now among the appetizers, and sections reserved for the flavors of Mexico and Italy, and grilled seafood and steaks. Sit in a booth or at the bar in the artifact-filled rooms, and munch on wings, potato skins or fried mushrooms, complemented by a beer. If you're watching your calories, options like lettuce wraps, fresh salads and grilled chicken will keep guilt at bay. For a splurge, try the NY cheesecake or the signature brownies.