Well, Chop Suey’s reps write us to say that the name isn’t Zak’s and that, furthermore, the whole reaction is overblown. The reason? The Renaissance Times Square, which owns Chop Suey, says it’s like this:
[We] selected the name Chop Suey as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the well known Chinese-American interpretation of blended Asian cuisines. Having just returned from Seoul at the time, Zak’s extraordinary experience in Korea heavily influenced the development of the restaurant concept. However, like the multicultural crossroads of its Times Square location, Chop Suey’s menu will reflect a wide variety of Asian cuisines and American influences.
So there you have it. Maybe it's not such a bad name after all. Or at least you can’t blame Pelaccio for it.