In a city where eateries are a dime a dozen, trying a new one is dangerous and costly. It might be easy to walk into a dinner or sandwich shop, drop a few dollars to assess its worth, and move on. A restaurant is different. There are so many different cuisines, price points, and locations to choose from that coming up with a place for dinner without information will bring on a headache and, even worse, having an overabundance of information from sources like the New York Times and Time Out New York will bring on the migraine.
However, thanks to New York City’s Restaurant Week, trying somewhere new just got easier. With 275 restaurants participating, there is bound to be one with the right cuisine and price point for everyone for either lunch or dinner. It’s akin to test driving a car before signing on the dotted line to buy; it is a way to try out a place without breaking the bank since the tab at some establishments can go upwards of one hundred dollars. Some of us might even be splurging at more than one location since lunch is $25.07 — that’s right,twenty-five dollars and seven cents — and dinner is $35.
My kickoff to the two-week-long event was at Megu, a modern Japanese restaurant. While entrees on the regular menu ranged from mid $20s to $60s, shelling out $35 for a three-course dinner doesn’t sound that bad at all to test the waters before going back to commit to a seven-course dinner for $145. The verdict? While atmosphere was comfortable and unique with its seating arrangements, music, and décor, service was not exceptional but not horrendous either. The food was passable. It was nothing extreme or over the top but at least the presentation stood out. Is it worth a re-visit? Most likely not.
New York City Restaurant Week runs from July 12th to July 25th.