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Apr 2, 2012 10:24 PM

name 5 overrated, or over hyped or famous restaurants whose food doesn't live up to reputation

I find there are many restaurants that get great reviews that i am not crazy about their food. I find the opposite quite often also, where a place gets a bad review and I love the food. In any case, there are so many restaurants that have loads of hype that don't live up to the hype. There are many with famous names that I can't believe are still in business, and there are those that have good food but just not as good as the ratings .
here's a couple for me:
1) Mr Chow's - very famous, lots of celebs, poor food and a rip off
2) Sarge's Deli - just all around terrible, but gets great reviews
3) Keste - I don't like there pizza, it's too soggy for me
4) The Harrison- I've returned food more than once here
5) Smith and Wollensky- terrible steaks
There are loads more even some of the best known. OK i'll name another 2
Sho -- nice place, but they lack a lot
Blue Water Grill- Not very good but packs them in.
Sara Beth's- a welcome site in Tribeca, a total disappointment
Megu- beautiful place, ok cooked food. Below par sushi and sashimi, expensive

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    1. Keens - didnt like the steaks or the sides. Loved the deserts and seafood platter

      Per Se - the price just killed it for me and I left hungry

      Most Cupcake Places in NYC
      Hearth - the wine list is a joke and the food not much better

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      1. re: princeofpork3

        I sure agree on the cupcake places. Magnolia being my least favorite, and they line up around the block

        1. re: foodwhisperer

          They line up around the block for Joes Shanghi soup dumplings as well.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              Because of Sex in the City, that's why they are lined up.

            2. re: princeofpork3

              Did you leave hungry because of the portions or because the price ruined your appetite from the get go? I consider myself a pretty hearty eater and I felt really stuffed after my meal there. The lobster mac n cheese probably did me in since it was exceptionally rich.

              1. re: miltronix

                Probably a combination of both. Some of the dishes were a single or 2 bites. I need more than that to enjoy a dish no matter how delicious it is.

              2. re: princeofpork3

                Keens may be the best old-style steakhouse in the city. The mutton chop is legendary and if you haven't tried their cheeseburger, it is a must. They also have a great bar. What's not to like here? I shared a T-bone recently that was awesome. The wines by the glass is a limitation, but I still found something I liked to pair with the steak.

              3. To me,
                Oceana- was beyond disappointed with their food.
                Lupa- used to be my favorite. My last 2 trips were total disappointments.
                Prune- went last week. wow, I felt like total waste of money and time. Almost reminded me of diner food. And their cramp space..gosh, i will never go back.
                Chikalicious- nahhh...nothing impressive.
                Billy's carrot cakes- seriously? I make better carrot cake than them.

                1. Not a proper restaurant, the Halal Guys Cart.

                  Don't get the hype. The food may be cheap and plenty, but it's really awful stuff. Yuck.

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                      1. re: LeahBaila

                        Fourth...I gag when I just walk by.

                        Edit: I have to take back my comment and remove myself from this discussion because I have never actually eaten at a halal street vendor. I don't think it is fair to denounce them if I have not tried them. I've had this type of food in restaurants and at friends' homes and enjoyed it, but not from street vendors. Sorry.

                        1. re: E Eto

                          I have never had halal food from a street vendor E Eto and have edited my post to explain this. I apologize.

                      2. Daniel, Le Bernardin, Katz's.