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Posted by Debbie on 09/19/2007
I dined at Megu with a client last week. The decor is beautiful however, the service was not good. When I first walked in and was walked to my table, the host did not pull the table for me to sit. It was a very slow day, with few covers, however, it took forever for us get our waitress for any request. Our soups came after I was almost finished with my entree. I had to wait over 20 minutes to get the attention of my waitress for the check. I was so frustrated I had to get up from my seat and walk it over to her. This place is a nightmare, there are so many beautiful high end Japanese places in NY and for the price, the service did not match. I think they should consider hiring new staff!!
Posted by fooddoc on 08/22/2007
The good: gorgeous space and good (not great), service. The bad: rediculously small portions for rediculously high prices. The ugly: the hustle to sell bottled water when a drink is around $15 and a glass of wine, $20. You'd think that at the prices they charge (dinner is $300- $400 a couple, easy), they'd comp all the bottled water you'd want. So I would say, if you want a really great atomosphere with generally good service, and don't mind over the top pricing for what you get, go and have a good time...just don't go for the food!
Posted by Dr. P on 06/26/2007
Clearly, the restaurant is beautiful and the service quite good. Despite that, the food, which was good (far from great), and given the almost non-existent portion size, is no where near worth the price. If you want beautiful sorroundings and you happen to be on a diet, this is the place for you.
Posted by doctorted on 04/10/2007
When a restaurant gets alot of good and bad reviews, I find most of the time a good bet is to apply the law of averages and it will fall somewhere in between, So goes Megu Midtown. As mentioned here,service is good and the space is nice; bright, modern with soaring ceilings and great acoustics. The food is somewhere in between, The lunch special is a good deal for $ 29.00; soup salad and a main. Apps: Yuzu ceaser salad is nothing more than a small bowel of tossed salad with supermarket croutons and dusting of parmesean cheese. Yuzu dressing added some life to an otherwise bland salad. Foe gras teriyaki skeweres were excellent. Grilled in a mini hibachi, they are rich and decadent. A Wappa Tuna Bowl Appetizer consists of sushi grade tuna over rice. Nothing different than what you would get at your average sushi joint. Main: We both had the "Kobe Sirloin" For $ 49.00 I knew i was probably not getting the real deal. Tasted not very much like Kobe beef or sirloin. Somewhat in between. None of the legendary tenderness ot Kobe, if not a bit stringy. Had a good rich taste though. A side of mixed sauteed mushrooms needed[$ 12.00 extra] or you go home a bit hungry. Desetrt was a mille coffee cream cake which was good but seemed commercial grade, not prepared in-house. Bill was $140.00 for two. which wasnt bad as portions are reasonable. In my opinion, i dont think the prices at Megu are that much different than other restaurants in its class, unless you go for the real Kobe. Overall impression is nice ambience with good food. Doesn't reach the high expectations it touts.. Nothing really original, extraordinary or cutting edge. Worth a visit, once, if you feel the need to say you've been there.
Posted by nyeater on 03/17/2007
Okay, the atomosphere is sensational, the service good (not great), and the food nothing really special. For this you get prices that are out of sight, especially given the small portions. I don't mind paying over $300 for 2, but come on, don't let me leave hungary! By the way, we saw the Donald at the next table. Based on how heavy he looked, he must be getting much bigger portions!
Posted by footyfreak on 02/08/2007
...both literally and figuratively! Went last week during Restaurant Week and we were pleasantly surprised by the cool decor! "Cool" in the design sense of being fabulous - but the temperature inside the restaurant was also on the cool side. My date had to keep her jacket on (apparently they were having some issues with a/c - the helpful staff brought a portable heater to warm things up) but despite that we were glad we came. Our $35 dinner started with a caesar salad - tasty but nothing that special. For her entree, my date had the sushi platter, which was six pieces and a roll - very fresh and very good (check out the wasabi - they grate it tableside), and I had a ginger / black sesame Kobe steak . Now, if you are into steakhouse-sized portions a la Peter Luger than this may not be for you, but I certainly enjoyed every savory bite, about 6 oz. This was followed by a delicious spicy tuna roll - so for $35 I basically had a very satisfying "surf and turf" (or "reef and beef" according to our antipodean friends!). One drink each and creme brulee for dessert were extra, but even so our bill came out to $50 a head - defintely a good deal. They apparently also offer a 3-course pre-theater menu with more choices for $50 a person, so I'll definitely be back to try that.
Posted by anonymous on 02/08/2007
I have to agree with the last post that the food is average and overpriced, however, the service was good and the sommelier was very good. I am glad I went once, but I won't return.