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Mr. Chow on 57th St...?

CindyJ Nov 12, 2011 07:03 AM

My daughter and I have dinner reservations here at the end of the month. Is it as wonderful as I've heard? Is it worth the $$$$? What dishes should we not pass up? Thanks!

Mr. Chow
324 East 57th Street, New York, NY 10022

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  1. Bob Martinez RE: CindyJ Nov 12, 2011 07:15 AM

    Run, do not walk, away from Mr. Chow.

    Mr. Chow
    121 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

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      AubWah RE: Bob Martinez Nov 12, 2011 10:20 AM

      Sprint in the opposite direction

    2. erica RE: CindyJ Nov 12, 2011 07:28 AM

      Cindy I agree with Bob that you might want to reconsider, based on a long-ago experience and on current reports. Was there a reason that you choose that particular place--food? Possible celebrity sightings?


      Review of the Tribeca location:

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        Simon RE: CindyJ Nov 12, 2011 09:37 AM

        Avoid at all costs...there is never a good reason to go to Mr. Chow

        Mr. Chow
        121 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

        1. whs RE: CindyJ Nov 12, 2011 10:28 AM

          Mr. Chow was strictly a "scene" restaurant back when I used to go there--i.e. sitting around with Tina Chow and Fran Lebowitz at the bar. The Bacardi cocktails were good. Who goes there now?

          Mr. Chow
          121 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

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            erica RE: whs Nov 12, 2011 10:48 AM

            Just to pile it on:


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              CindyJ RE: erica Nov 14, 2011 07:36 AM

              There's something strange about that link. I copied and pasted the URL into an email to forward it to my daughter and it was marked by my server as spam. Same when I copied and pasted the text into an email.

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            AdamD RE: CindyJ Nov 12, 2011 10:57 AM

            You will have a better meal if you order domino's pizza

            1. El Chevere RE: CindyJ Nov 12, 2011 05:31 PM

              Expensive and the tables are right on top of one another...forget intimacy. I've had much better meals and overall experiences at Tao...funny, the same owner as Mr Chow opened up a Chinese restaurant in Rio de Janeiro called Mr Lam that I like a lot....I nearly choked on my meal when they told me it was the same owner but the ambience and food was much better at Mr Lam

              1. Chandavkl RE: CindyJ Nov 13, 2011 10:43 AM

                Who told you it was wonderful? What did you do to them?

                1. CindyJ RE: CindyJ Nov 13, 2011 12:27 PM

                  Okay! Okay! Now why don't you all tell me how you REALLY feel?

                  Well, I really am glad I asked. The reason we were going to go there was because my daughter had been taken to Mr. Chow in Tribeca a few months back, and she enjoyed it. We were planning a special dinner together and she suggested it.

                  My take...? There are so many wonderful dining spots to choose from in NYC, I don't need contemplate this choice any further. Reservation cancelled!

                  So now I need to figure out where to go instead. She lives in the East Village, I live in PA ,and I'll be in NYC just for the day. Maybe this is a question for a new post.

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                    AubWah RE: CindyJ Nov 13, 2011 02:52 PM

                    If she liked Mr. Chow, she would love Fuleen Seafood on Divison Street

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                      Simon RE: AubWah Nov 13, 2011 02:58 PM

                      Not necessarily: Fuleen is good; Mr Chow is bad...one has standard grungey Chinatown vibe, one has awful faux-trendy 1980's fancy...one is Cantonese seafood, one is Americanized Beijing food...the only thing they have in common is China...

                      For the OP, repost and specify cuisine, budget, vibe, all preferences and i'm sure you'll get many wonderful suggestions

                      11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

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                        CindyJ RE: Simon Nov 13, 2011 04:58 PM

                        Simon -- tell me about Fuleen -- not for this particular occasion, but maybe for my next trip to NYC. Will I find Cantonese food like I remember from my childhood in Brooklyn?

                        11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

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                          scoopG RE: CindyJ Nov 13, 2011 05:02 PM

                          Your childhood Chinese food growing up in Brooklyn was American-Chinese food. If you and your daughter were looking at Mr. Chow (or Ruby Foo's) - you both want American-Chinese food, not Chinese.

                          Fuleen Seafood:

                          11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

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                            CindyJ RE: scoopG Nov 14, 2011 05:47 AM

                            Oh, I'm VERY aware of the distinction. I was asking about Fuleen because my mom is on a perpetual quest for "real" roast pork chow mein, and I thought that Fuleen was a place where she might be able to find it.

                            11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

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                      PennMD RE: CindyJ Nov 13, 2011 04:40 PM

                      What type of food are you looking for? Strictly Chinese? Agree with everyone that Mr Chow is awful. In the high-end, glitzier Chinese / Chinese-Asian category, I would add Tao, Buddakan and Ruby Foo's, but honestly, the emphasis is also more on the glitz, ambience and crowd than on the quality of food at any of these places - they feel like high end P.F. Chang's with so-so food. At the high-end, but not strictly Chinese (more Asian fusion) and high-end/fine dining in experience, I would recommend Asiate at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

                      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                      Ruby Foo's
                      1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

                      80 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023

                      42 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

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                        CindyJ RE: PennMD Nov 13, 2011 04:55 PM

                        While I've never been to Buddakan in NYC, I have been to Buddakan in Philly several times (LOVED it, every time) and in AC (What a zoo. I'll NEVER go back!) Ruby Foo's -- very touristy and not great, IMHO. Asiate looks interesting. I need to look into that a bit more closely.

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                          erica RE: CindyJ Nov 14, 2011 04:17 AM

                          This might suit' I've only been once and food was good; not better than in a lots of less fancy places, but good. Decor is pretty.


                          Chinatown Brasserie
                          380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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                          CindyJ RE: PennMD Nov 14, 2011 05:50 AM

                          And just for clarification, I wasn't looking specifically for Asian food.

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                            Stuartmc910 RE: CindyJ Nov 14, 2011 06:38 AM

                            If it's Asian food you want and don't mind vegetarian or Korean, you could go to Hangawi on East 32nd Street (5th and Madison).

                            Zen-like experience. Hint: Wear easy to take off shoes.

                            12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

                      2. Withnail42 RE: CindyJ Nov 14, 2011 06:49 AM

                        We went with some good friends a while back. Simply because we had all been living in the city for ten years and none of use had ever been. We all knew the place by reputation so figured out of curiosity sake 'why not'?

                        The place had a feel of better days and seemed a little thread bare. It was filled with tourists never a good sign. We likened it to going to Tavern on the Green a place locals avoided and left to tourists.

                        They were a little difficult in accommodating one of our group who had sea food allergies.

                        The food was okay. But certainly not good enough for the prices that they were charging.

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                          bronwen RE: CindyJ Nov 14, 2011 08:59 AM

                          If your daughter endorses it and says it's wonderful I don't see why you don't go. She obviously loves the ambiance.

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                            CindyJ RE: bronwen Nov 14, 2011 09:07 AM

                            She's fairly easy to please, and from what I've read here, there are more compelling reasons NOT to go.

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