I've visited Mandarin Court Restaurant in NYC three times in the past. I raved about it to my friend and we made the long walk from 55th Street down to Chinatown.
I did not realize that the luncheon buffet is only served during the week, we were there on a Saturday. That left us to decide on the Lo Mien with shrimp. That settled, we waited for our food to arrive. In the meantime, the customers across from us both had their cell phones speaker and we listened to two two-way conversations before I had to ask (tell) them to turn off their phones at the table. I feel that the owner or waiters should have informed them to be polite.
Dinner was nothing great, but tasty enough.
When it came time to leave, we walked downstairs to use the restrooms. Both stalls were flooded, so we quickly returned upstairs to inform the woman at the front. Apparently, she was already aware of the situation as she began to speak with some of the individuals hanging around the front door.
With so many other spots to try in Chinatown, we won't be going back to Mandarin Court again.
Please diners....when you are seated in a restaurant turn off your phone or take your call outdoors.
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