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62 Thomas St., New York, NY, 10013
nr. West Broadway
I think I wanted to love it...
By DP3NYC on 11/5/2004
I have been to Megu 4 times, so obviously I liked something about it. I can't figure out what. I was so overwhelmed the first time that I had the waiter order for us. WAY too much food and WAY too high a price. The decor is impressive but like everything else about Megu it is less and less dazling with every visit. I wouldn't order the Kobe beef on hot river stone...it tastes like a Steak-Um. I do have to admit that the shrimp entree is one of the most amazing dishes I have ever eaten...I don't know if it is worth the trip, but it is worth ordering if you're there.
By likestoeat on 11/4/2004
After hearing so many things, good and bad about Megu, I decided to make the trek downtown to check it out myself. I heard it was expensive, so I made it a special occasion dinner! From the unassuming front I was amazed by the grandeur and attention to detail of the space itself. Very beautiful! After a short wait at the bar (it was a Thursday)and a great but expensive cocktail (it included lots of fresh fruit) we made our way down to the dining room. The menu was a bit confusing but the server was helpful and guided us along. The food we got was delicious, and worth the wait. I had some of the best sushi I have ever had and even the nori seemed fresher than most. I would definatly recommend Megu, but don't expect a cheap meal. I hear they are starting a pre fix. I may go back soon to give it a try!
Don't Waste Your Money!
By hux1000 on 10/11/2004
Some people have told me that the reviews of MEGU are mixed. After my experience, I can't help but think that the very few positive reviews were written by MEGU staff. This place is a joke. Don't get me wrong, the food is good and the place looks nice, just like a thousand other restaurants in NY. I get better service in pizza places. We literally had to wait after each dish was placed in front of us to make sure it was what we had actually ordered. Most of the time, it was taken away after a minute or two and brought to another table! I've also never eaten in a place that nickle and dimes you more. Each cup of tea costs an extra $4. Spend your money at Nobu or any other place. For the money, this place is absolutely not worth it. I'm always willing to try restaurants, but this is the first time a truly wish I hadn't. Don't bother with the place, you'll just feel crappy about the decision.
By Septembergirl on 10/11/2004
The food is very good but for the price we paid, it was a complete rip-off. The bill came to about $200 per person and we wanted to get pizza afterwards!! The portions were tiny and service poor. They kept bringing us the wrong dishes over and over again. Worse still, we had no say over the amount to tip since a 20% gratuity was slapped into our bill even though the service was not worth the 20% tip. We also suspect we were charged for the wet towels. None of us will ever return.
By memnova on 9/25/2004
So, yes, the decor is fantastic, and that alone makes it worth going to at least once. A lot of people in these reviews have complained about the food, the portion sizes, and the prices. The food is excellent--what Megu lacks in quantity, it makes up in quality. So the $125 Kobe beef is exquisite, although it may not necessarily be the best Kobe beef I've ever had. I would say that the toro sashimi I had was better than average, but it was also not the best. Personally, it was rather a relief not to have to face plate after plate of portions that are beyond what a person should really eat. That said, the portion size as compared to the price will definitely deter a lot of people from eating here. My friend and I had very good service, although we did have to wait to be seated at the bar (with its truly ridiculously priced cocktails that are not worth it). Bottom line: give it a shot, but don't expect to become a regular!
Amazing space, mediocre food
By PrincessNY on 8/4/2004
The space itself is worth checking out. A bit Midtown like b/c so big & a little uptight. Lots of suits & people from uptown. Food is nothing to write about. Drinks were interesting. Little black dresses that barmaids wore were very unfashionable & looked like they were from Nicole Miller. Boring. Entertainment value of sushi men all saying their GREETINGS to the customers can be interesting but after a while became annoying
Not even for a Wall Street expense account
By ewt on 8/1/2004
The food at Megu is amongst the best Japanese we've ever had. However, the portions are ridiculously small! The conch sauteed in butter amounted to 3 MORSELS each for 2 people. The pieces are so small they are served with toothpicks instead of a fork! And cost ~$25. Our bill totalled $350 for 2 people with NO ENTREES!! Even though we have gone to all the top places in the city and are used to Manhattan prices, Megu is absurd! I would not even spend money here on my expense account.
Not cheap, but an incredible experience!
By Rahema on 7/11/2004
Incredible decor, fabulous food and drinks served with a hand-carved ginormous ball of ice. What's not to like about Megu? Perhpaps the prices, which tend to the astronomical. Go if somebody else is paying - this is a true New York (in the not-traditional sense) must-do.
Absolutely Fabulous Experience
By sarava on 6/15/2004
I was stunned to read so many negative reviews. We went last night and loved it! The Silver Cod Fish was perfect, the Kobe beef and Foi Gras amazing...Service was great. It felt like we had 3 waiters dedicated to our table. Make sure you get recommendations from the staff. They are wonderful guides through an extensive menu.
pricey but delicious
By emily1 on 6/10/2004
Megu is a scene. I consider myself a foodie but honestly, I cannot tell the difference between one piece of tuna that costs $18 or another that costs $15. Despite the prices (and believe me, if you are a Japanese food junkie...go!!), the food is amazing. The scallops melt in your mouth, the tartares are insane. However, the service is very rushed considering the enormous menu to get through, and it is a hectic place.
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