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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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.
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.
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.