Mr. Chow

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Mr. Chow
FoundedFebruary 14, 1968
FounderMichael Chow
United States
Area served
United States, Europe
ProductsChinese cuisine
OwnerMichael Chow Edit this on Wikidata

Mr. Chow is a series of upscale Chinese restaurants founded by restaurateur Michael Chow.[1][2][3][4][5]


Michael Chow, son of Chinese Peking Opera Grand Master, Zhou Xinfang, opened the first Mr. Chow in Knightsbridge, London, on February 14, 1968. A Beverly Hills, California location soon followed in 1974 and Midtown New York at 57th Street in 1978. In 2006 the fourth location in Tribeca, New York opened. In 2009 a location opened in South Beach Miami at the W Hotel, and another in Malibu, California, in 2012 at the Malibu Country Mart.[6]

In 1999, Eurochow, a restaurant located in a $4-million restoration of a landmark domed building in Westwood Village neighborhood of Los Angeles opened but closed by 2007.[7][8]

Michael Chow has said the Mr. Chow restaurants have always been underlined by a desire and need to promote the Chinese culture.[5] "China always has been a great, great nation", Chow stated in a Wall Street Journal interview and added, "Chinese people — I like them. What can I say?"[5]


Alan Richman of GQ Magazine, described the experience at Mr. Chow as one "that cannot be defined by customary standards but must be appreciated for its sheer fabulousness."[9] The New York Times critic Frank Bruni gave Mr. Chow Tribeca zero stars, and New York magazine critic Adam Platt gave it a similarly dismal review.[10][11] The goal of his restaurant design is to be fancy and expensive, being quoted as saying "Expensive is important. Very important."[10]

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  1. ^ "L'Oreal hosts a luncheon with Diane Keaton at Mr. Chow's". 12 February 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  2. ^ PETTERA, ANGELA (28 May 1998). "The Modern Mr. Chow". Retrieved 8 January 2017 – via LA Times.
  3. ^ "Crocodile love at Mr. Chow". 17 November 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  4. ^ Hallock, Betty. "Chow restaurant lawsuit: Too many Chows in the kitchen?". Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Mr. Chow Celebrates Its Thirtieth Anniversary with Brooke Shields, Hamish Bowles and Other Fashion Folk". The Wall Street Journal. 4 November 2004.
  6. ^ "New Mr. Chow, Same Formula". The New York Times. 28 June 2006. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  7. ^ Mr. Chow Makes Splash in Westwood With New Eurochow, Los Angeles Times, July 1, 1999, accessed August 31, 2016.
  8. ^ Got $700k? Let's Buy Eurochow!, LA Curbed, January 20, 2007, accessed August 31, 2016.
  9. ^ Friedman, Alan Richman,Drew (8 February 2006). "Miss Hurley Would Like a Pair of Chopsticks". Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  10. ^ a b Sky-High Prices? Bad Reviews? No Matter: Mr. Chow Powers On, The New York Times, August 31, 2016, accessed August 31, 2016.
  11. ^ Warmed-Over Chow, New York Magazine, accessed August 31, 2016.

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