So we're in the middle of a bad recession and it's also the middle of winter, so tourist traffic is down. Then why when I walked by House of Nanking Saturday night was there the biggest crowd I've ever seen waiting to get in? There must have been 60 to 70 people waiting outside at 8pm. I mean they had club type ropes on the sidewalk so that pedestrians could get through on Kearny. (No bouncer, though--yet.) In comparison, the other puzzlement close by, Stinking Rose, had only a small number of people waiting to get in. House of Nanking is rightly savaged on the board whenever its name appears. Of the roughly 125 currently operating Chinatown restaurants that I've eaten at, I'd probably rank it around 120. What's going on? Has it become a celebrity hangout? Has the food gotten good? Was there a killer review recently? Any explanation in my search for answers would be appreciated.