MR CHOW - 57th

★★★☆☆
  • 324 E 57th St

    New York, NY 10022

    Cross street: nr. Second Ave.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-751-9030

About MR CHOW - 57th

Hours
Monday To Sunday From 06:00 PM To 11:30 PM

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I've only been here a handful of times the last 25 years, but they're all memorable - at least the early part of the nights. This is a place to get wasted and indulge yourself with a table full of friends. Get up and socialize with other

3
★★★★★

I've only been here a handful of times the last 25 years, but they're all memorable - at least the early part of the nights. This is a place to get wasted and indulge yourself with a table full of friends. Get up and socialize with other

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I have never disliked a restaurant so much that I was compelled to write a review, but I really feel that it is necessary. I am an Asian studies PhD, with a concentration in Chinese language and culture and can tell you from the onset that

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★★★★★

I have never disliked a restaurant so much that I was compelled to write a review, but I really feel that it is necessary. I am an Asian studies PhD, with a concentration in Chinese language and culture and can tell you from the onset that

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Ordered about 4 different entrees and the food was very good but didn't really match the high price tag.

This would be a one time experience - as in, you would eat there for the experienc of going to Mr.Chow but this isn't the type of place to frequent a lot.

Crowded, rushed and a little snotty...but good for a fun date.

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★★★☆☆

Ordered about 4 different entrees and the food was very good but didn't really match the high price tag.

This would be a one time experience - as in, you would eat there for the experienc of going to Mr.Chow but this isn't the type of place to frequent a lot.

Crowded, rushed and a little snotty...but good for a fun date.

Pros: Delicious Food

Cons: Overpriced, Trendy/Crowded

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We had a reservation and still waited 35 min for our table which is normal here. The service never disappoints. These guys are mind readers...they are on top of you from start to finish. Cuisine is well executed Beijing style and is always fresh and tasty. Always a stop for us when we go to NYC. Unfortunatley, service is not duplicated at the Miami outpost recently opened in W hotel on South Beach. Food is good and space is beautiful but waiters are terrible like most spots on SOBE.

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★★★★★

We had a reservation and still waited 35 min for our table which is normal here. The service never disappoints. These guys are mind readers...they are on top of you from start to finish. Cuisine is well executed Beijing style and is always fresh and tasty. Always a stop for us when we go to NYC. Unfortunatley, service is not duplicated at the Miami outpost recently opened in W hotel on South Beach. Food is good and space is beautiful but waiters are terrible like most spots on SOBE.

Pros: Best Service Anywhere

Cons: Long waits

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I was dragged here by others, and I am still in shock. This was the most disgusting, awful dining experience of my entire life, calibrated for cost.

The food at Mr. Chow's is literally shocking. It is putrid. It tastes awful, looks awful, smells awful. The smirks on all the wait staffs' faces indicates that they know anyone here is a complete sucker, ready to be separated from as much money as possible.

I was ashamed to be a part of this, ashamed to be there.

No one who knows the slightest thing about food will find this experience even remotely acceptable. I notice that most people who like this hellhole are excited to sit next to a celebrity. That should tell you something.

Mr. Chow's is for losers. Don't be a loser. AVOID THIS UTTER TOURIST TRAP.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I was dragged here by others, and I am still in shock. This was the most disgusting, awful dining experience of my entire life, calibrated for cost.

The food at Mr. Chow's is literally shocking. It is putrid. It tastes awful, looks awful, smells awful. The smirks on all the wait staffs' faces indicates that they know anyone here is a complete sucker, ready to be separated from as much money as possible.

I was ashamed to be a part of this, ashamed to be there.

No one who knows the slightest thing about food will find this experience even remotely acceptable. I notice that most people who like this hellhole are excited to sit next to a celebrity. That should tell you something.

Mr. Chow's is for losers. Don't be a loser. AVOID THIS UTTER TOURIST TRAP.

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Went to this place having read the reviews and could not believe how less than average and misleading this place is. Lot's of artificial colorings in food. Watch out.

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★☆☆☆☆

Went to this place having read the reviews and could not believe how less than average and misleading this place is. Lot's of artificial colorings in food. Watch out.

Pros: Great reviews

Cons: Completely opposite experience

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I highly recommend this place both for single dining, dates, or any family parties. They provide service to the utmost perfection; they are so helpful and kind, and they make sure that my boyfriend and I had a good time. I have gone to this place many times before ever since I was young, so to make sure that I arranged a good date. The food was delicious, you won't get any of those bizarre americanized "chinese" foods here. It's totally authentic and delightful.

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★★★★★

I highly recommend this place both for single dining, dates, or any family parties. They provide service to the utmost perfection; they are so helpful and kind, and they make sure that my boyfriend and I had a good time. I have gone to this place many times before ever since I was young, so to make sure that I arranged a good date. The food was delicious, you won't get any of those bizarre americanized "chinese" foods here. It's totally authentic and delightful.

Pros: best food and service in town

Cons: NONE

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I love this place! It's not your usual cheap chinese take out! drank a whole lot of champagne last night and sat back while the captain ordered my favorite dishes. Try the Beijing Duck prefixe. They come up with the best courses! Can't wait to go back!

2
★★★★★

I love this place! It's not your usual cheap chinese take out! drank a whole lot of champagne last night and sat back while the captain ordered my favorite dishes. Try the Beijing Duck prefixe. They come up with the best courses! Can't wait to go back!

Pros: Service, champagne, and good looking people

Cons: Expensive so have a date pay

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I was so hesitant about coming here after reading the negative reviews. No clue what they were about. I went there last night for my birthday. Food was spectacular and service was impeccable. Will definitely be back!

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★★★★★

I was so hesitant about coming here after reading the negative reviews. No clue what they were about. I went there last night for my birthday. Food was spectacular and service was impeccable. Will definitely be back!

Pros: Food and service

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Very bland food, weird over attentive but improper service.
After stating that we were unsatisfied, the guy actually told us that we were "supposed" to not be full.
I would never go here again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Very bland food, weird over attentive but improper service.
After stating that we were unsatisfied, the guy actually told us that we were "supposed" to not be full.
I would never go here again.

Pros: Good chocolate cake.

Cons: bland bland bland bland food

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I wanted to thank the staff of mr. chow, and I thought this was the best way. You guys are always accomodating and have welcomed me with warmth. I believe your restaurant have been around for so long for a reason. It is always good to see restaurants that last through think and thin. I tell you keep up the good work guys!!!

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★★★★☆

I wanted to thank the staff of mr. chow, and I thought this was the best way. You guys are always accomodating and have welcomed me with warmth. I believe your restaurant have been around for so long for a reason. It is always good to see restaurants that last through think and thin. I tell you keep up the good work guys!!!

Pros: Service, Drinks and Food

Cons: Crowded on weekends.

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Having read the most current review, my friend and I decided to journey to Mr. Chow's as Nobu's wait time exceeded an hour. Being only the two of us, and it being my friend's birthday, I treated. Money was not an object. I expected a tasteful atmosphere with a decent, if not stellar, meal and at least satisfactory service. We anticipated something along the lines of Nobu. The doorknob alone had a bit of character. We expected that to carry on into the environment and meal. We were rather wrong.

Upon making your entrance down the four staired case, you gingerly make your way through very close tables. There was no extra floor, nor private booth. It was simply stylishly cramped-- elbow to elbow. Like Joe's Shanghai but far more posh. I could make out the surgical incisions on guests' faces at adjoining tables-- that's how compact. This on a Wednesday night. I couldn't imagine having a large party in such a space.

Due to the tight space, we could barely hear each other over everyone else's conversations. It became rather frustrating. There was some sort of Beni Hana-esque showmanship with noodles, but that didn't detract much from the tight space and constant roar.

We had still water, the vegetarian and chicken version of hash meets scrapple on a wrap of lettuce with plum sauce. Tasteless. We also receive some sort of scallion pancakes. They tasted fairly, but there were only four slices. Next up: bok choi, tofu, rice & prawns. Taste: greasy, bland, overcooked and Pathmark quality. We had whiskey sours & vodka on the rocks that were clearly not top shelf, as we requested. We came to the end of our meal and were both appalled by the scant, low quality meal and were in fact still hungry. $200 got us poor appetizers, poor and tiny entrees, two mediocre drinks, Evian, leg cramps and headaches. Sure, we were seen, but who cares? I wanted quality. Mr. Chows missed the mark. Overpriced, underqualified. Beware.

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★☆☆☆☆

Having read the most current review, my friend and I decided to journey to Mr. Chow's as Nobu's wait time exceeded an hour. Being only the two of us, and it being my friend's birthday, I treated. Money was not an object. I expected a tasteful atmosphere with a decent, if not stellar, meal and at least satisfactory service. We anticipated something along the lines of Nobu. The doorknob alone had a bit of character. We expected that to carry on into the environment and meal. We were rather wrong.

Upon making your entrance down the four staired case, you gingerly make your way through very close tables. There was no extra floor, nor private booth. It was simply stylishly cramped-- elbow to elbow. Like Joe's Shanghai but far more posh. I could make out the surgical incisions on guests' faces at adjoining tables-- that's how compact. This on a Wednesday night. I couldn't imagine having a large party in such a space.

Due to the tight space, we could barely hear each other over everyone else's conversations. It became rather frustrating. There was some sort of Beni Hana-esque showmanship with noodles, but that didn't detract much from the tight space and constant roar.

We had still water, the vegetarian and chicken version of hash meets scrapple on a wrap of lettuce with plum sauce. Tasteless. We also receive some sort of scallion pancakes. They tasted fairly, but there were only four slices. Next up: bok choi, tofu, rice & prawns. Taste: greasy, bland, overcooked and Pathmark quality. We had whiskey sours & vodka on the rocks that were clearly not top shelf, as we requested. We came to the end of our meal and were both appalled by the scant, low quality meal and were in fact still hungry. $200 got us poor appetizers, poor and tiny entrees, two mediocre drinks, Evian, leg cramps and headaches. Sure, we were seen, but who cares? I wanted quality. Mr. Chows missed the mark. Overpriced, underqualified. Beware.

Pros: Coat Check.

Cons: Poor quality.

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This is by far one of the best places to eat in NYC. I'm not a people watcher but I have seen Alex Rodriguez, Willem Dafoe, Sean Combs, and Kevin Connolly at the restaurant. I'm sure if the food, service, and atmosphere were as bad as everyone says you would not see so many well off people there. I can guarantee you that everyone that has given this place a bad review is just upset with the bill. This place is expensive, but if money is not an issue to you then you will not be disappointed with Mr. Chow. And for all those with the bad reviews.....maybe it's time to get a better job.

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★★★★★

This is by far one of the best places to eat in NYC. I'm not a people watcher but I have seen Alex Rodriguez, Willem Dafoe, Sean Combs, and Kevin Connolly at the restaurant. I'm sure if the food, service, and atmosphere were as bad as everyone says you would not see so many well off people there. I can guarantee you that everyone that has given this place a bad review is just upset with the bill. This place is expensive, but if money is not an issue to you then you will not be disappointed with Mr. Chow. And for all those with the bad reviews.....maybe it's time to get a better job.

Pros: Great food and atmoshpere

Cons: Expensive

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If you're planning on a quiet dinner don't go here. This place is so loud you may even need the skill of reading lips to get through your dinner conversation. Despite the noise levels the food is excellent! They offer to choose your meal for you but if you're clear what you like or don't like I would ask to see the menu. The have a great variety of "land", "air", and "sea" fare. The wine by the glass choices are very limited but the Pinot Grigio is a light and fruity one that I recommend. The shrimp with glazed walnuts is a surprising treat. The pairing is an unexpected fit. The sole is light and delicate but flavorful. The glazed pork is tender and juicy. The fried rice is not what you would expect but a delicious original creation without soy sauce. For dessert the berry tart is not to be missed. It is light and fresh and a great finish. The service was lacking in promptness upon being seated but improved as the meal progressed. The staff can be a little eager to take your items away too quickly. The prices are high for the portions you receive. Overall despite the cost, noise and the staff the food was worth the trip.

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★★★★☆

If you're planning on a quiet dinner don't go here. This place is so loud you may even need the skill of reading lips to get through your dinner conversation. Despite the noise levels the food is excellent! They offer to choose your meal for you but if you're clear what you like or don't like I would ask to see the menu. The have a great variety of "land", "air", and "sea" fare. The wine by the glass choices are very limited but the Pinot Grigio is a light and fruity one that I recommend. The shrimp with glazed walnuts is a surprising treat. The pairing is an unexpected fit. The sole is light and delicate but flavorful. The glazed pork is tender and juicy. The fried rice is not what you would expect but a delicious original creation without soy sauce. For dessert the berry tart is not to be missed. It is light and fresh and a great finish. The service was lacking in promptness upon being seated but improved as the meal progressed. The staff can be a little eager to take your items away too quickly. The prices are high for the portions you receive. Overall despite the cost, noise and the staff the food was worth the trip.

Pros: Quality Food

Cons: Cost, Noise Leve, Service at times and CROWDED

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If you like a run down place, with no vibe, no background music and waiters making selections for you than this place is for you. There is a menu but when asked the waiter wasn't too pleased. How it works is they ask you your food preferences ( e.g. meat, seafood, poultry...) and then bring out several dishes based on that. My husband asked for seafood and i for meat. We got two apps and two tiny portions of the main course ( filet mignon and fried sole) with side of green beans and rice. after that we were offered dessert - which camed in the form of ready made cakes that i get on brighton beach for $4. we each had 2 drinks and paid close to $280. i left still feeling somewaht hungry. the service was great, there's a gazilion waiters running around and they greet you nicely and offer champagne right away. somehow i dont see myself coming back to this place. oh and there;s no dress code.

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★★☆☆☆

If you like a run down place, with no vibe, no background music and waiters making selections for you than this place is for you. There is a menu but when asked the waiter wasn't too pleased. How it works is they ask you your food preferences ( e.g. meat, seafood, poultry...) and then bring out several dishes based on that. My husband asked for seafood and i for meat. We got two apps and two tiny portions of the main course ( filet mignon and fried sole) with side of green beans and rice. after that we were offered dessert - which camed in the form of ready made cakes that i get on brighton beach for $4. we each had 2 drinks and paid close to $280. i left still feeling somewaht hungry. the service was great, there's a gazilion waiters running around and they greet you nicely and offer champagne right away. somehow i dont see myself coming back to this place. oh and there;s no dress code.

Pros: excellent service, no dress code

Cons: too little food for the value, no vibe

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I have been going to Mr.Chow for the past 6 years. Since they opened Tribeca I mostly go to this location since I live in Tribeca. I have read these reviews and came to conclusion that those people that wrote these negative reviews are either jealous of Mr. Chow success or have no better things to do . The restaurant is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. The stuff is very friendly and polite. The Food is Magnificent. The clientele is one of a kind. The ambiance is great. I can go on and on.................. So loosen up and stop nagging !!! Once you step foot at MR.CHOW ............. Just sit back and have a great time !!!! I guarantee you you will have a BLAST !!!

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★★★★★

I have been going to Mr.Chow for the past 6 years. Since they opened Tribeca I mostly go to this location since I live in Tribeca. I have read these reviews and came to conclusion that those people that wrote these negative reviews are either jealous of Mr. Chow success or have no better things to do . The restaurant is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. The stuff is very friendly and polite. The Food is Magnificent. The clientele is one of a kind. The ambiance is great. I can go on and on.................. So loosen up and stop nagging !!! Once you step foot at MR.CHOW ............. Just sit back and have a great time !!!! I guarantee you you will have a BLAST !!!

Pros: Food, Ambiance, Service, Location .......................

Cons: None

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I go out in NYC very very often for business dinners so I have a good amount of other restaurants to compare this one too. I have to say all the reviews on here are true. The wait staff was one of the rudest groups of people I've ever had the unfortunate pleasure of dealling with at a restaurant. Literally I have never been treated worse that at Mr. Chow. I am not a high brow type of person either. I do not appreciate being charged way above the pre set menu price though. It seems as though they do this to everyone based on these reviews! I can't believe they can get away with this. The waiter did the same thing to me as the guy before me. He basically begged me to let him pick the menu, after some discussion I agreed and saw the price at the bottom of the page and asked if that was the pre fix menu price. At the end of course like others on here, my bill was hundreds of dollars over what was discussed. ITs literally like being robbed. In addition the food was a little pricey, althougn not horrible by NYC standards, but was definitely not even close to good enough tobe wortht he money. So to sum up, if you want the worst service of your life combined with horrible food you've found your place. Please take the advice of the people on here and DO NOT GO HERE.

1
★★★☆☆

I go out in NYC very very often for business dinners so I have a good amount of other restaurants to compare this one too. I have to say all the reviews on here are true. The wait staff was one of the rudest groups of people I've ever had the unfortunate pleasure of dealling with at a restaurant. Literally I have never been treated worse that at Mr. Chow. I am not a high brow type of person either. I do not appreciate being charged way above the pre set menu price though. It seems as though they do this to everyone based on these reviews! I can't believe they can get away with this. The waiter did the same thing to me as the guy before me. He basically begged me to let him pick the menu, after some discussion I agreed and saw the price at the bottom of the page and asked if that was the pre fix menu price. At the end of course like others on here, my bill was hundreds of dollars over what was discussed. ITs literally like being robbed. In addition the food was a little pricey, althougn not horrible by NYC standards, but was definitely not even close to good enough tobe wortht he money. So to sum up, if you want the worst service of your life combined with horrible food you've found your place. Please take the advice of the people on here and DO NOT GO HERE.

Pros: Nothing what so ever.

Cons: VERY rude employees, price, bad food, high price take out chinese food.

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I liked the atmosphere of the restaurant, and the potstickers were good, but those are the only two good things I can say about this restaurant. I asked for soy sauce and was given a lecture by the waiter, who then ignored my request and never brought the soy sauce. The portions were TINY, and although the food was ok, the chicken tasted like KFC and none of it was anything special. The tables are waaaaaay too close together - you have to crawl over the table next to you to get out/in. Not worth it!

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★★☆☆☆

I liked the atmosphere of the restaurant, and the potstickers were good, but those are the only two good things I can say about this restaurant. I asked for soy sauce and was given a lecture by the waiter, who then ignored my request and never brought the soy sauce. The portions were TINY, and although the food was ok, the chicken tasted like KFC and none of it was anything special. The tables are waaaaaay too close together - you have to crawl over the table next to you to get out/in. Not worth it!

Cons: Overpriced, overpriced, overpriced

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My friends& I are not strangers to the NY dining scene or fine cuisine.We're eager to spend money for good food&service-sparing no expense for a special occasion.After being greeted by a handsome&polite wait staff lined up like soldiers prepared for combat; we were hopeful that our stay would be pleasant.Our obnoxiously arrogant waiter spoiled the evening by his presumptuous nature.We didn't appreciate his offer to prepare a dish without being offered a menu; so I promptly asked for one because one companion despises fish.After making a selection of appetizer& two mains, we placed our order with the waiter who ridiculed our selection by promptly walking away shaking his head&condescendingly stating, he hoped it was enough food for the three of us!Outraged by his lack of professionalism & manners, we waited to make our final judgment based on the size of our portions.When our mains arrived we were horrified by the small portions. We proceeded to compare our dining experience to an episode of Survivorminus Jeff Probst of course!We cautiously rationed our portions with wary and concern for our fellow dining companions.Our waiter never reappeared to inquire if we required anything further.We were officially snubbed & yet with valor decided to order TWO desserts. Surely this would exonerate us?Would it have been too time-consuming to recommend a 3rd or 4th or too beneath him to explain that Mr. Chow serves portions that are not intended for sharing?Instead he stormed off in a tizzy fit while we departed hungry with plans for grabbing pizza on the way home!Does anyone eat at Mr. Chows?As far as I could ascertain, it is not a restaurant, but a place for stick insects, wannabes&socialites who think its fashionable to be seen there.For a sighting of George Clooney, I would have perhaps forgiven Mr. Chow.But without George; Id rather just go to work where I deal with pretentious types daily AND order-in Chinese

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★☆☆☆☆

My friends& I are not strangers to the NY dining scene or fine cuisine.We're eager to spend money for good food&service-sparing no expense for a special occasion.After being greeted by a handsome&polite wait staff lined up like soldiers prepared for combat; we were hopeful that our stay would be pleasant.Our obnoxiously arrogant waiter spoiled the evening by his presumptuous nature.We didn't appreciate his offer to prepare a dish without being offered a menu; so I promptly asked for one because one companion despises fish.After making a selection of appetizer& two mains, we placed our order with the waiter who ridiculed our selection by promptly walking away shaking his head&condescendingly stating, he hoped it was enough food for the three of us!Outraged by his lack of professionalism & manners, we waited to make our final judgment based on the size of our portions.When our mains arrived we were horrified by the small portions. We proceeded to compare our dining experience to an episode of Survivorminus Jeff Probst of course!We cautiously rationed our portions with wary and concern for our fellow dining companions.Our waiter never reappeared to inquire if we required anything further.We were officially snubbed & yet with valor decided to order TWO desserts. Surely this would exonerate us?Would it have been too time-consuming to recommend a 3rd or 4th or too beneath him to explain that Mr. Chow serves portions that are not intended for sharing?Instead he stormed off in a tizzy fit while we departed hungry with plans for grabbing pizza on the way home!Does anyone eat at Mr. Chows?As far as I could ascertain, it is not a restaurant, but a place for stick insects, wannabes&socialites who think its fashionable to be seen there.For a sighting of George Clooney, I would have perhaps forgiven Mr. Chow.But without George; Id rather just go to work where I deal with pretentious types daily AND order-in Chinese

Pros: None really

Cons: Prentious & Bad Value

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Okay so everyone's tastes differ and you can have a good or bad experience at almost any restaurant. BUUUUUT you should at least KNOW what you are getting charged for! I went to MR. Chow's tonight and our group did a tasting menu. We asked how much it was the waiter said 64 a person. At the end our bill was wayyyy too much. We asked why our bill was so high. Well we got charged $15 extra for a plate of fish! No one ever told us it was extra money, or that it wasn't included in the total tasting menu! Their response was that they didn't want to discuss money because they thought it would be in poor taste. They also said that it is standard policy for them! They always do it! I'd also like to add that the food is definitely not that good especially for how much they charge you there. Don't go to this place. The food is not that good, the prices are insane, they charge you for food you don't even know you are being charged for, and the interior is not even done that well. DON"T GO!

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★☆☆☆☆

Okay so everyone's tastes differ and you can have a good or bad experience at almost any restaurant. BUUUUUT you should at least KNOW what you are getting charged for! I went to MR. Chow's tonight and our group did a tasting menu. We asked how much it was the waiter said 64 a person. At the end our bill was wayyyy too much. We asked why our bill was so high. Well we got charged $15 extra for a plate of fish! No one ever told us it was extra money, or that it wasn't included in the total tasting menu! Their response was that they didn't want to discuss money because they thought it would be in poor taste. They also said that it is standard policy for them! They always do it! I'd also like to add that the food is definitely not that good especially for how much they charge you there. Don't go to this place. The food is not that good, the prices are insane, they charge you for food you don't even know you are being charged for, and the interior is not even done that well. DON"T GO!

Pros: None

Cons: Price, bad food, TERRIBLE service

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Four people from Ft. Lauderdale, originally from New York. We loved everything that was served. We wanted to lick our plates clean. Incredibly wonderful experience. The service was excellent as well.

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★★★★★

Four people from Ft. Lauderdale, originally from New York. We loved everything that was served. We wanted to lick our plates clean. Incredibly wonderful experience. The service was excellent as well.

Pros: The restaurant is beautiful, the waiters are extremely attentive and the food is out of this world.

Cons: It's a place for the rich and beautiful. Some people might fell out of place.

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As a regular of some of the best restaurants in NYC, I can honestly say that this isn't one of them. Being a "cool" place isn't enough for this restaurant whose food looks nothing like the food in the photos.

The food is dry, the seafood is terrible and the service is horrendous. Our scallops were not just tough, but were bad and smelled horrendous. Don't tell the waiter that, because they will insist that the "slightly bad smell" is part of the enjoyment of their place.

I've not met anyone who knows food in NYC that loves this place. If you like really ugly décor (yes, it has black lacquer finishing) and really bad food, you'll have a great time. If you love great food, try nobu down the block

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★☆☆☆☆

As a regular of some of the best restaurants in NYC, I can honestly say that this isn't one of them. Being a "cool" place isn't enough for this restaurant whose food looks nothing like the food in the photos.

The food is dry, the seafood is terrible and the service is horrendous. Our scallops were not just tough, but were bad and smelled horrendous. Don't tell the waiter that, because they will insist that the "slightly bad smell" is part of the enjoyment of their place.

I've not met anyone who knows food in NYC that loves this place. If you like really ugly décor (yes, it has black lacquer finishing) and really bad food, you'll have a great time. If you love great food, try nobu down the block

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By far the worst restaurant experience I have had in Manhattan in my 3 years of eating well- the service was rude and completely inattentive. The waiter poured our wine into my water glass, rolled his eyes when I asked for a new water, and definitely didn't offer to comp the wasted glass of wine. The food was horrible, and not what we ordered. The prices were astronomical- $500 plus for 4 girls to sip wine and share orange chicken?! Never again.

0
★☆☆☆☆

By far the worst restaurant experience I have had in Manhattan in my 3 years of eating well- the service was rude and completely inattentive. The waiter poured our wine into my water glass, rolled his eyes when I asked for a new water, and definitely didn't offer to comp the wasted glass of wine. The food was horrible, and not what we ordered. The prices were astronomical- $500 plus for 4 girls to sip wine and share orange chicken?! Never again.

Pros: None

Cons: Service, Food, Prices

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An interesting place. You don't order off of a menu, you just tell the waiter what your feeling like and they go off of that. The food itself is pretty damn good, but its not "Chinese food", if you will. The Peking Duck was above average, the roasted glazed pork was out of this world. My friend who I was dining with, a cuisine connoisseur, asked for hot sauce to spicen it up a bit and the waiter basically told him "Sir, the taste is unique! No hot sauce", and walked away. My friend was definitely offended. The Ambience is nice, but very loud at night. They make good drinks. I reccomend this place for those who don't mind a dent in their wallet and want a unique place to eat, but not to those conscious of "value"

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★★★★☆

An interesting place. You don't order off of a menu, you just tell the waiter what your feeling like and they go off of that. The food itself is pretty damn good, but its not "Chinese food", if you will. The Peking Duck was above average, the roasted glazed pork was out of this world. My friend who I was dining with, a cuisine connoisseur, asked for hot sauce to spicen it up a bit and the waiter basically told him "Sir, the taste is unique! No hot sauce", and walked away. My friend was definitely offended. The Ambience is nice, but very loud at night. They make good drinks. I reccomend this place for those who don't mind a dent in their wallet and want a unique place to eat, but not to those conscious of "value"

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So it's not the greatest restaurant food-wise, or even the greatest Chinese food. And maybe it is fairly expensive (for Chinese food, at least). And so what if you can't figure out what you've been billed for? Read the review before you go, and you'll have a good time.
Is it bizarre that they don't itemize the food? Yes. Is it that big a deal? If you think so, don't go.
It's a fun evening out with people, with really good food. If you're uptight about the bill and give them a hard time ordering they'll probably charge you more! I'm not one to waste money, but if you have a general idea of what it will cost then just go with the flow and enjoy.
Lastly, the food's really good. The best? No, but then again, you don't have the same ambiance at Shun Lee either. It's your choice.

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★★★★☆

So it's not the greatest restaurant food-wise, or even the greatest Chinese food. And maybe it is fairly expensive (for Chinese food, at least). And so what if you can't figure out what you've been billed for? Read the review before you go, and you'll have a good time.
Is it bizarre that they don't itemize the food? Yes. Is it that big a deal? If you think so, don't go.
It's a fun evening out with people, with really good food. If you're uptight about the bill and give them a hard time ordering they'll probably charge you more! I'm not one to waste money, but if you have a general idea of what it will cost then just go with the flow and enjoy.
Lastly, the food's really good. The best? No, but then again, you don't have the same ambiance at Shun Lee either. It's your choice.

Pros: 80's throw-back room, Really good food

Cons: Non-Itemized bill

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The most over hyped restaurant in NYC. First of all...what kind of chinese restaurant has all white waiters. Thats like going to an Italian restaurant and having all Japanese waiters. The whole bit about letting the waiter order for you is probably the dumbest thing a human being can do. It's like going to a car dealership and letting the salesman pick out your new ride. The waiter brought out the same dish three times during the meal. Don't get me wrong...the food is alright but not worth the price. There was not a single dish that I can remeber that sticks out in my mind as fagetaboutit kinda good. I'm never going back.

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★★☆☆☆

The most over hyped restaurant in NYC. First of all...what kind of chinese restaurant has all white waiters. Thats like going to an Italian restaurant and having all Japanese waiters. The whole bit about letting the waiter order for you is probably the dumbest thing a human being can do. It's like going to a car dealership and letting the salesman pick out your new ride. The waiter brought out the same dish three times during the meal. Don't get me wrong...the food is alright but not worth the price. There was not a single dish that I can remeber that sticks out in my mind as fagetaboutit kinda good. I'm never going back.

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I went to Mr.Chow for the first time, even though i read most of the negative reviews on this site, but still decided to try it out. I did not expect to have THE best meal in my life . Food was GREAT !!! The waiter had chosen the dishes for us and i am glad he did so, i doubt we would of chosen these dishes ourselves. Food was fabulous, impecable service (the waiters and hostesses) were extremely pleasant , friendly and very helpful. We had a Blast !!! I would definatelly recommend this restaurant if you want to eat fabulous food and have fun.

2
★★★★★

I went to Mr.Chow for the first time, even though i read most of the negative reviews on this site, but still decided to try it out. I did not expect to have THE best meal in my life . Food was GREAT !!! The waiter had chosen the dishes for us and i am glad he did so, i doubt we would of chosen these dishes ourselves. Food was fabulous, impecable service (the waiters and hostesses) were extremely pleasant , friendly and very helpful. We had a Blast !!! I would definatelly recommend this restaurant if you want to eat fabulous food and have fun.

Pros: fabulous food, great stuff, clean bathrooms

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If you: like to wait for your table for more than an hour despite your reservation (and don't mind that by the time you get finally seated they tell you that the kitchen is closed for certain items on the menu), be treated by waiters with an attitude, love to eat very mediocre food (the "Chicken Satay" was truly disgusting) and don't mind footing a ridiculous bill without it really being clear what the heck you have been charged for (I quote: "that is how we charge at Mr. Chow.."), this may be your place.
This was by far the worst restaurant experience I have had in a very long time. I definitely do not recommend, despite the very friendly coatcheck lady.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you: like to wait for your table for more than an hour despite your reservation (and don't mind that by the time you get finally seated they tell you that the kitchen is closed for certain items on the menu), be treated by waiters with an attitude, love to eat very mediocre food (the "Chicken Satay" was truly disgusting) and don't mind footing a ridiculous bill without it really being clear what the heck you have been charged for (I quote: "that is how we charge at Mr. Chow.."), this may be your place.
This was by far the worst restaurant experience I have had in a very long time. I definitely do not recommend, despite the very friendly coatcheck lady.

Pros: crowded

Cons: expensive, bad food, badly managed

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Maybe I have been spoiled by having a Chinese girlfriend, but I could not believe that I just spent $220 for Chinese food. Even if you we saw some stars, the bill is not worth the admission price and I have had better chinese food in Flushing and down in Chinatown.
And what is with the applause for someone making Shanghi noodles? There is definitely too much hype for this place.
And to top it all off, the coat check had a $5 bill on the plate. They are definitely trying to milk you for everything you have. If money is no object, then enjoy.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Maybe I have been spoiled by having a Chinese girlfriend, but I could not believe that I just spent $220 for Chinese food. Even if you we saw some stars, the bill is not worth the admission price and I have had better chinese food in Flushing and down in Chinatown.
And what is with the applause for someone making Shanghi noodles? There is definitely too much hype for this place.
And to top it all off, the coat check had a $5 bill on the plate. They are definitely trying to milk you for everything you have. If money is no object, then enjoy.

Cons: $$$$$$$$$$$$$

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lets just say i went to mr.chows with a couple of my girlfriends. we had heard the food was good and with all the famous people going there it must have good food right. wrong, how more wrong could one person be. you wait forever for a table. then the waiter informs you it would be best if he ordered for you to enjoy your experience better. i never thought ordering food was such task. she said she was there before and ordered thereselves and the expeierce was bad. the food is no diffrent thatn any other chinese place.if you want to see famous people i say go. if you want good food i would strongly say no. for the average person you proably couldnt afford it. lets just say for 4 people our bill came to 650.00.

1
★★★☆☆

lets just say i went to mr.chows with a couple of my girlfriends. we had heard the food was good and with all the famous people going there it must have good food right. wrong, how more wrong could one person be. you wait forever for a table. then the waiter informs you it would be best if he ordered for you to enjoy your experience better. i never thought ordering food was such task. she said she was there before and ordered thereselves and the expeierce was bad. the food is no diffrent thatn any other chinese place.if you want to see famous people i say go. if you want good food i would strongly say no. for the average person you proably couldnt afford it. lets just say for 4 people our bill came to 650.00.

Pros: some menu items, see someone famous

Cons: waiting, pricing, staff

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I've been to Mr. Chow on few occasions, and i had the best time ever. The stuff is very friendly and helpful, the food is amazing ('till this day I never ate better food ). The crowd is one of a kind. Lot's of famous people, you name it, they all go there !!! It's a bit expensive, but well worth it . You won't find better food and service for the price you pay at MR. CHOW. I highly recommend this restaurant !!!

2
★★★★★

I've been to Mr. Chow on few occasions, and i had the best time ever. The stuff is very friendly and helpful, the food is amazing ('till this day I never ate better food ). The crowd is one of a kind. Lot's of famous people, you name it, they all go there !!! It's a bit expensive, but well worth it . You won't find better food and service for the price you pay at MR. CHOW. I highly recommend this restaurant !!!

Pros: friendly stuff, amazing food, one of a kind

Cons: none,, everything is perfect

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if your looking to be treated like royalty this isnt the place for you. ive eaten here probably 50 times and now the guys know me and cater to me well but they didnt at first. i was at the bar waiting and saw paris hiltons parents waiting right next to me. they waited as long as i did. anyway the food is unreal you just have to knwo what to get. having tried everything on the menu you should get the following: chicken satay apps, shrimp toast (make sure to use the sweet brown sauce), and chicken and walnuts for dinner. you cant go wrong w these items. expect to wait, expect to be treated like human waste, expect to take out a second mortgage to pay the bill and expect to have the best chinese food ever and youll have a great experience.

2
★★★★★

if your looking to be treated like royalty this isnt the place for you. ive eaten here probably 50 times and now the guys know me and cater to me well but they didnt at first. i was at the bar waiting and saw paris hiltons parents waiting right next to me. they waited as long as i did. anyway the food is unreal you just have to knwo what to get. having tried everything on the menu you should get the following: chicken satay apps, shrimp toast (make sure to use the sweet brown sauce), and chicken and walnuts for dinner. you cant go wrong w these items. expect to wait, expect to be treated like human waste, expect to take out a second mortgage to pay the bill and expect to have the best chinese food ever and youll have a great experience.

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An amazing restaurant, great food + service, very classy atmosphere but very very expensive.

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★★★★★

An amazing restaurant, great food + service, very classy atmosphere but very very expensive.

Pros: Great Food, Atmosphere

Cons: Very Expensive

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OK... First let me tell you if you dont want to spend a lot of money then DONT go here and complain about it tomorrow. If money is not a worry...or you have a nice expensive accout the DO IT.
The food is expensive and amazing. The Chicken Satay is to die for. Order the Squab, Bejing Chicken and Crispy Beef. The green shrip and Gamblers duck are also the best. So dont let the waiter order for you... take my food reccomendations and get ready to be amazed. Just dont complain when you have a huge bill.

2
★★★★★

OK... First let me tell you if you dont want to spend a lot of money then DONT go here and complain about it tomorrow. If money is not a worry...or you have a nice expensive accout the DO IT.
The food is expensive and amazing. The Chicken Satay is to die for. Order the Squab, Bejing Chicken and Crispy Beef. The green shrip and Gamblers duck are also the best. So dont let the waiter order for you... take my food reccomendations and get ready to be amazed. Just dont complain when you have a huge bill.

Pros: Good Service, SATAY, Hot Spot

Cons: Expensive

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The food is great, but the service can sometimes be slow and a lot of them have a Chinese accent - so it's sometimes hard to order if you're a strictly English-speaker. The proportions are reasonable, but the prices are very very high. Expect to pay at least $30-40 for a noodle or rice dish. Bring over $100 if you're going with a date. I wouldn't say the food is worth the price, but if you're not willing to go to Chinatown, it's really the best chinese food uptown.

3
★★★☆☆

The food is great, but the service can sometimes be slow and a lot of them have a Chinese accent - so it's sometimes hard to order if you're a strictly English-speaker. The proportions are reasonable, but the prices are very very high. Expect to pay at least $30-40 for a noodle or rice dish. Bring over $100 if you're going with a date. I wouldn't say the food is worth the price, but if you're not willing to go to Chinatown, it's really the best chinese food uptown.

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I have been going to Mr. Chow's for years, and having the waiters order for you is the point! And yes, it is expensive, deal with it, or go to Taco Bell. The Squab lettuce wraps are out of this world, as is the spicy Green Shrimp, Crunchy Orange Beef, Crunchy Seaweed and Chicken Skewers.
I take clients there all the time, and they all love it.

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★★★★☆

I have been going to Mr. Chow's for years, and having the waiters order for you is the point! And yes, it is expensive, deal with it, or go to Taco Bell. The Squab lettuce wraps are out of this world, as is the spicy Green Shrimp, Crunchy Orange Beef, Crunchy Seaweed and Chicken Skewers.
I take clients there all the time, and they all love it.

Pros: great people watching, delicious!

Cons: expensive

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When my family comes to visit me in the City, we always end up at Mr. Chow for dinner at least once during their visit. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.
Even with our reservation, they had us waiting at the bar for over an hour. When they did seat us, we all got comfortable at the table, only to be removed from the table by the host due to a "misunderstanding" with another party. Mr. Chow lost our business for this treatment.

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★★☆☆☆

When my family comes to visit me in the City, we always end up at Mr. Chow for dinner at least once during their visit. THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN.
Even with our reservation, they had us waiting at the bar for over an hour. When they did seat us, we all got comfortable at the table, only to be removed from the table by the host due to a "misunderstanding" with another party. Mr. Chow lost our business for this treatment.

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The food is average and the service is insulting. The waiter will tell you some cockamamee story about how he should order for you and when the bill comes, they charge you an outrageous amount and don't itemize it out for you. Considering how much they try to charge you, the servers are rude and lack common courtesy. On the east side, you're much better off going to CHIN CHIN. MR. K'S, or even Our Place Shanghai. I'll never go back and will certainly tell friends to avoid it.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The food is average and the service is insulting. The waiter will tell you some cockamamee story about how he should order for you and when the bill comes, they charge you an outrageous amount and don't itemize it out for you. Considering how much they try to charge you, the servers are rude and lack common courtesy. On the east side, you're much better off going to CHIN CHIN. MR. K'S, or even Our Place Shanghai. I'll never go back and will certainly tell friends to avoid it.

Pros: NONE

Cons: , bad service, average decor

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Even the atmosphere is harsh fupon entering...DO NOT GIVE THIS PLACE A CHANCE because they act like they don't want you as a customer anyway. Asking for the menu is out of line and unusual where the staff is actually insulted if you choose not to rely on their "expertise" on average Chinese food selections. Don't be fooled - the reason they want to bring you their selections is so they can surprise you at the end with a tab of well over a hundred dollars per person. While ordering, we were rudely reminded that there is a minimum charge per person - although what we ordered well surpassed the minimum. Bizarre experience is an understatement. Awful, pretentious and unwelcoming ambience is what awaits this absolute rip off. Not a classy place for classy customers. Spend your money where they deserve and appreciate it - not here.

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★☆☆☆☆

Even the atmosphere is harsh fupon entering...DO NOT GIVE THIS PLACE A CHANCE because they act like they don't want you as a customer anyway. Asking for the menu is out of line and unusual where the staff is actually insulted if you choose not to rely on their "expertise" on average Chinese food selections. Don't be fooled - the reason they want to bring you their selections is so they can surprise you at the end with a tab of well over a hundred dollars per person. While ordering, we were rudely reminded that there is a minimum charge per person - although what we ordered well surpassed the minimum. Bizarre experience is an understatement. Awful, pretentious and unwelcoming ambience is what awaits this absolute rip off. Not a classy place for classy customers. Spend your money where they deserve and appreciate it - not here.

Pros: NONE

Cons: rude service, harsh ambience, overpay for nothing

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Mr Chows is one of my FAVORITE restaurants in New York. The staff is always friendly. They also pick the best dishes. We just sit back, relax and enjoy the food. I would strongly recommend the chicken with the lettuce wrap and the peanut chicken. Good people watching too. I sat a few tables over from Matt Lauer the last time I was there.

2
★★★★★

Mr Chows is one of my FAVORITE restaurants in New York. The staff is always friendly. They also pick the best dishes. We just sit back, relax and enjoy the food. I would strongly recommend the chicken with the lettuce wrap and the peanut chicken. Good people watching too. I sat a few tables over from Matt Lauer the last time I was there.

Pros: Great Food, Friendly Staff, People Watching

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I have been using Citysearch for at least a year and I have not commented on any other restrs. but I would like people to know that Mr. Chow's is the most over-hyped place in the city. Mediocore food, combined with horrible service and lots of 'tude makes for a waste of time and money.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been using Citysearch for at least a year and I have not commented on any other restrs. but I would like people to know that Mr. Chow's is the most over-hyped place in the city. Mediocore food, combined with horrible service and lots of 'tude makes for a waste of time and money.

Cons: Attitude, crowded, not very good

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I have heard stories about places being stuffy, pretentious, rude and all together arrogant, but after 3+ years in NYC, I had never experienced this ... until I went to Mr. Chow. Walked in strictly for drinks on a Sat. night around 12:30am and were warmly greeted - until we told the host & hostess that we were only there for drinks. They literally walked away from us and wouldn't answer our question as to where the bar was! In the bar area there were 2 highly inebriated bleach blondes in chinchilla fur coats literally wrestling on the floor. We had 2 martinis and got the hell out of dodge. Never had a worse experience anywhere and will definitely not be back. Mr. C needs to find some reality-based, customer service oriented staff ASAP.

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★★☆☆☆

I have heard stories about places being stuffy, pretentious, rude and all together arrogant, but after 3+ years in NYC, I had never experienced this ... until I went to Mr. Chow. Walked in strictly for drinks on a Sat. night around 12:30am and were warmly greeted - until we told the host & hostess that we were only there for drinks. They literally walked away from us and wouldn't answer our question as to where the bar was! In the bar area there were 2 highly inebriated bleach blondes in chinchilla fur coats literally wrestling on the floor. We had 2 martinis and got the hell out of dodge. Never had a worse experience anywhere and will definitely not be back. Mr. C needs to find some reality-based, customer service oriented staff ASAP.

Pros: Clean Mirrors

Cons: Unparalleled Attitude, Very Expensive, Rude Staff

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I think since we didn't follow protocal and let the waiters order it turned into a disaster!

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★★★☆☆

I think since we didn't follow protocal and let the waiters order it turned into a disaster!

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I am not a huge fan of Chinese food, but Mr. Chow showed me just how great it can be. We had our waiter order for us (which is the way to go if cost isn't an issue) and the food that he brought was great. The scene is a bit much some time, but the food is worth it. The bar is small and crazy, but the bartender never fails to mix a good drink. This is a good place to take a group and you may feel like you are in a scene from Indian Jones.

2
★★★★☆

I am not a huge fan of Chinese food, but Mr. Chow showed me just how great it can be. We had our waiter order for us (which is the way to go if cost isn't an issue) and the food that he brought was great. The scene is a bit much some time, but the food is worth it. The bar is small and crazy, but the bartender never fails to mix a good drink. This is a good place to take a group and you may feel like you are in a scene from Indian Jones.

Cons: Expensive

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Disappointed!!!!!The service was completely opposite in LA!!! I sat down, the waiter asked me what I would like to drink. I asked for a Shirley Temple. He looked at me like I had 2 heads. Then he asked if I would like water. It must have been 5-8 minutes before I got anything. We ordered and they forgot my rice. My girlfriend had to look for waiter to refill her glass with water (twice)! In Beverly Hills they refill your water in a matter of seconds. I decided to speak up. The matre de ignored what I said about my girlfriend having to look for a waiter to refill her glass (twice), I mentioned about my rice, he said, You should have spoken up." He took the credit card slip out of my hands and told me good night. I said," Can I have my copy?" He couldn't care less.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Disappointed!!!!!The service was completely opposite in LA!!! I sat down, the waiter asked me what I would like to drink. I asked for a Shirley Temple. He looked at me like I had 2 heads. Then he asked if I would like water. It must have been 5-8 minutes before I got anything. We ordered and they forgot my rice. My girlfriend had to look for waiter to refill her glass with water (twice)! In Beverly Hills they refill your water in a matter of seconds. I decided to speak up. The matre de ignored what I said about my girlfriend having to look for a waiter to refill her glass (twice), I mentioned about my rice, he said, You should have spoken up." He took the credit card slip out of my hands and told me good night. I said," Can I have my copy?" He couldn't care less.

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This is one of the top restaurants in the city. Food was great, service was spectacular, and the atmosphere was more than you could ask for. When here on a first date, you can not go wrong! Sit at your table and let the staff go to work, all you have to do is pick a bottle of wine and they do the rest, don't bother asking for a menu these people will take care of you, a few things that we enjoyed, soft shell crabs and chicken satay, one word of advice, bring the expense account or beware, dinner will run two bills and up for two but well worth it!

2
★★★★★

This is one of the top restaurants in the city. Food was great, service was spectacular, and the atmosphere was more than you could ask for. When here on a first date, you can not go wrong! Sit at your table and let the staff go to work, all you have to do is pick a bottle of wine and they do the rest, don't bother asking for a menu these people will take care of you, a few things that we enjoyed, soft shell crabs and chicken satay, one word of advice, bring the expense account or beware, dinner will run two bills and up for two but well worth it!

Pros: Atmosphere, Staff, Food

Cons: Pricy

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