I decided to start a new thread on this because I'm curious if anyone else feels this way. I had posted about my plans to go to Mr. Chow's earlier this week and people responded very graciously with great suggestions and loving endorsements, but I went there last night and -- no offense guys -- I thought it was SO incredibly mediocre. And it has little to do with the fact that it is inauthentic or even that it's pricey. The food was just BAD. Half the dishes arrived lukewarm, the flavor was bland, the service was AWFUL. Waiters reaching over us, taking dishes away when not done, leaving finished plates there endlessly following our meal while they leaned against walls, having us move plates around to accomodate them, outrageously bad pacing. But even then, I would suck it up if the food had delivered -- it did not! I can't believe that people like this place so much! It struck me as completely riding on its rep. The room ws lovely, yes, but I wouldn't go to a restaurant just bc of the room. Ther are tons of beutifully designed restaurants all over the city with food and service to match. Any one else feel this way or is everyone down with Mr. Chow?