If you've ever had good prime rib, Lawry's was just downright terrible. The atmosphere was a flashback to the 70's and almost bizzare. The "timeless/classic" feel I think they were striving for just made it feel like an old faded diner. Maybe this was a nice establishment 20 years ago, but it needed some updates. Badly.
As I mentioned, the prime rib was not good. It wasn't bad - I didn't want to spit it out, but certainly was not what I was expecting based upon the reviews I had read here. Instead of letting the meat cook patiently in its own juices, properly, with the right seasoning, it seemed that salt was the only seasoning used here. My "medium" temperature slab was close to charred on the edges, very salty and only the very center of it was really the right temperature. Cooking temperature, I mean. The prime rib was luke-warm, almost cold. The mashed potatos that the carver literally threw onto the plate (maybe that was flair??) was luke warm, and very very thick. Like the boxed mashed potatos you make and let it get cold thick. The asparagus was ok.
By the way, the rib is not prepared to order. It's pre-cooked and carved to order. They roll out this giant beetle-looking cart that houses the whole side of the cow that has already been cooked and is steadily being warmed and dried out by the gas burners going in the cart itself. So you'll have your entree in about 10 min. The carver then eyeballs the approximate weight of the slab you want, cuts it (mine was suspiciously smaller than my husband's.. maybe women can't handle their meat >:-0 ) and puts it on a plate, throws mashed potatoes next to it and smothers it all in au jus and gravy.
Save your money. Get a good strip or porterhouse from the Outback. You'll enjoy it much more. For a better "expensive" and romantic meal, hit an Emeril's restaurant. Delmonico's was fabulous and the N.O. Fish House even better.
For the petty stuff: the service staff uniforms, the decor, etc. as I mentioned before, were flashbacks from some time before I was born. Because you throw a tablecloth on a table doesn't make it a nice restaurant.