Mr Chow

Restaurants , Chinese Midtown East
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Mr Chow
Mr Chow
What, no chopsticks? The Art Deco interior is another hint that this legendary ’80s hot spot (Warhol was a fan) is more a people-watching venue than a shrine to Middle Kingdom cuisine. Our party of two received a single menu (“We’re packed, we don’t have extras,” said our waiter). Yet the Westernized food still manages to hold its own. Sample the succulent Beijing duck, bright-red chicken satay or a Shanghai Box, which turns out to be Shanghai-style pork dumplings that ooze savory juices. Rice comes with shrimp, peas and eggs (and $4.50 added to the bill). The only similarity to a real Chinese restaurant was the dessert selection: stale and forgettable.
Venue name: Mr Chow
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Address: 324 E 57th St
New York
10022
Cross street: between First and Second Aves
Opening hours: Daily 6–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: N, Q, R to 59th St–Lexington Ave; 4, 5, 6 to 59th St
Price: Average main course: $30. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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julio bruno
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Mr Chow is a classic in New York. Love the decor, the "jewel box" feel of a lower level restaurant, the atmosphere and the food. I don't love the tightness of the space, the small tables, the price and some times the service, specially when you have every waiter, server and water person asking you for your order all the time, like they do not have assigned waiters to your table and it is a "free for all". If I were Mr Chow I would take care of that and train the waiting Staff appropriately. It became a nuisance after a while. I recommend you do not accept the champagne they offer you to start with, it sound glamorous, you are in the mood... and it will be over $70 for 2 glasses!

Overall a good place if you can afford it.