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Restaurant week dispute

bobbyrab | Jul 15, 2014 07:49 AM

My significant other is always gung-ho about getting "good deals" at good restaurants and is a big fan of both coupons and restaurant discounts. Me? Not a fan at all. I find that a restaurant week menu just means smaller portions, limited menu choices and, by the time you add tax and tip, you could have had a nice meal at a restaurant that you REALLY enjoy.

So, she made reservations for 4 for dinner at the Monkey Bar, an upscale restaurant in midtown Manhattan. Two friends, also fans of restaurant week will be joining us. There are only 3 entree choices on the special menu - skirt steak, pan-roasted striped bass and fava bean agnolotti. I am not a big fan of any of them. I cannot indulge in the included dessert either because I am diabetic.

On the regular dinner menu however, there are far more choices for me at of course their standard prices. I would rather order off the regular menu and ENJOY what I am eating. My SO says that this is NOT the purpose of dining there; the purpose is to partake of restaurant week and their discounted price menu. I disagree - the purpose is for ME TO ENJOY my meal! I know that if the three others order off the restaurant week dinner menu, we cannot fairly just split the bill as we usually do. I would be very happy to pay the other couple the differential of my additional costs of ordering off the higher priced menu.

The response from my SO is that I am being unreasonable and perhaps "ruining" the restaurant week experience for the others. I feel that I should be entitled to order what I want. It should be noted that I have a really healthy appetite and small portions do nothing to satisfy me.

Any opinions? Am I being unreasonable and/or stubborn? Thanks!

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