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Megu review

Samantha | Jan 22, 2005 03:52 AM

I finally got to Megu! This restaurant is truly over the top. So much attention is paid to aesthetics it's hard to believe. They order a large buddha carved out of ice EVERY NIGHT, which sets them back about $1000. Everything at this place screams expensive, right down to the flowers they choose to garnish their food. However, even this lavish presentation and atmosphere could not justify their prices. I had never tried kobe beef before, so we ordered slices of it to be grilled at our table on a hot river stone. It was certainly novel, but ultimately disappointing. It was exceptionally tender, but the taste was not memorable. About ten small slices cost $30, which was actually cheap compared to everything else on the menue. Next, we ordered sashimi for two. When they brought out a small dish of fourteen (SMALL) pieces, we told them that they must be wrong- we ordered it for two people. They said that this was the portion for two people. The price? $80. The fish was of exceptional quality, but $80? They'd have to be gilded to warrant that price.
Another thing that bothered me was the service. It was slow, and our waitress was rude! She tried to change one of our orders because it was too "inconvenient" for her to carry it. What?? For those prices, a customer should be treated better than that. Carrying around the dishes is her JOB for crying out loud!
I think my favorite thing all night, besides the extravegance of the setting itself, was their speciality cocktail called "TriBeCa." Made of fresh squeezed tangerines, limes, and vodka, it was like very intoxicating candy. At such a pricey restaurant, a cocktail should NOT be the best part of the meal!
My overall impression of Megu was that it was so trendy that its food suffered. If you want a place to go and be seen, this is it. If you want a place for a meal, look elsewhere. We were still so hungry after our meal (which ended up costing around $120 for two), we ended up going to Great NY Noodletown. We enjoyed ourselves more, the food more, and certainly the bill more, which ended up at around $25 for a filling meal for four! Infinitely more satisfying...

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