Restaurant Week Reviews (Radius)
Had lunch at Radius a couple of days ago for Restaurant Week. It was my first time at Radius and I have to say that it was a good meal but not absolutely fabulous. I'm not even sure I'll return. In comparison to the other super-hyped restaurants, I'd rather spend my money at Lumiere or Mistral if I want good French food. The service, however, was amazing.
Here's what I had - chilled gazpacho soup, poached chicken w/ mushrooms, and watermelon sorbet.
Any other people had a less-than-stellar experience at Radius too? Or want to share their restaurant week reviews?
My one and only meal was at Radius during Restaurant Week two years ago. I left unimpressed by the food and the service, both of which were OK, no more. The experience left me with no desire to return. I understand that Restaurant Week is unrepresentative of the full monty, but isn't the goal of Restaurant Week to win return business? Otherwise, what's the point? I left Radius with the impression that the joint was an overrated, overpriced dud (with drinks and tip the tab for two came out to more than $100, so this wasn't exactly cheap eats territory, not that I was expecting to pay less). A restaurant doesn't get a pass for participating in Restaurant Week and not delivering a memorable occasion.
Katzzz writes: "A restaurant doesn't get a pass for participating in Restaurant Week and not delivering a memorable occasion." Right on, sistah or brother. If RW is such a bad idea, why do restaurants keep participating every year, and why did they extend it to two weeks this year? I return to restaurants who give good service and a good food (a good bang for the buck is always a plus in my book). While I don't expect to get the regular menu, I do expect something delicious and inspired. I do not return to restaurants who give bad service no matter what the price. Lucca, for example, does not participate in RW but I have returned there based on the overall experience I had during the one year that they did. Ditto on Stanhope Grille and Davios.
Just wanted to add that RW are usually held during very slow months; August this year and mid September last year.
For ilustration purposes only, I recently received an email from a restaurant mailing (it has been in business for more than 10 years and that everytime I go seems pretty full to me) which openly stated that since August is a very slow month they were offering a dinner entree for free for anyone that would buy a bottle of wine.
I feel RW is a quantitative rather than a qualitative attempt/alternative to pay the bills of opeating costs for these months.