I know someone who works there. Here's the deal. You gotta let the captain put it together. Don't try to order off the menu or you'll screw yourself. Bring people. Prepare to party. Get the turbot if you're four or more. Try the buffalo. And bring lots of money. Lots.
What are you looking for?
If it's the scene you're after and you value seeing has-beens like David Hasselhoff or Steve Martin chowing down more than you care for really good food, then Mr. Chow will suit you fine.
The place basically serves completely Americanized Chinese dim sum. For what it does, it's OK.
But just be prepared to pay up the wazoo. Don't let your financial planner anywhere near your bill ...
I personally hate the place and would never go unless someone specifically requests it and it's on company dime.
Steve Martin is a has been?
I'm not disagreeing -- I just didn't realize.
I liked him when he had the arrow through is head -- which makes me old and him definitely a candidate for has-been-ism.
Never been to Mr. Chow, for what it's worth. Mostly due to a scene in the movie Basquiat where Mr. Chow plays Mr. Chow. Made me not want to eat at Mr. Chow -- though I like that movie.
Well, if the alternative is a back-alley tracheotomy with a grapefruit spoon, sure. But if we're just talking about dinner out, not for all the tea in China.
I had a perfectly good group lunch there. If you go, you should order the squab lettuce cups. They are the one thing that really stands out in my mind that I've only had bad knockoffs of elsewhere.
The waiter will ask you for your preferences and if there's anything you're particularly in the mood for, and they will make recommendations to you. They know their stuff, so they'll put together a good order for you that you'll be happy with. And like others said, bring a healthy bank account!