Here's the deal. You go to The Melting Pot to enjoy a relaxed, long meal with several courses. Expect to actually have to have conversation with each other over dinner and enjoy the moment. If you go with this mentality, you will have a fabulous time. Our meal lasted almost 3 hours and our 8 and 10 year old were never bored, enjoyed waiting for each course, and had a ball cooking in the fondue pots. The cheese, meat, and chocolate courses are all excellent, as is the service. Yes, it is somewhat pricey, but given that they are not turning and burning tables, it has to be. And, heck, what do you expect when you eat on The Plaza anyway? Try the Melting Pot. With a relaxed attitude, you will love it.