Restaurant week is upon us...
1. love it or hate it? just curious...
2. i caved and made a dinner reservation at the black duck in murray hill. any good?
To be fair, I haven't actually eaten there-We had reservations at the Black Duck last RW (in the winter)...I arrived before my wife. It's connected to a hotel. I was seated and waited. And waited. While waiting for someone to ask me if I wanted a drink, a bunch of guys, with loose ties, came in from the hotel side and sat at the bar, and proceded to talk very loudly and order drinks...mind you-the tables are along the bar, so you are quite near. I looked at the menu, which didn't inspire (I think there were two choices of each course.) By the time my wife came in, I was ready to leave, and we did. Not to say you won't enjoy it, but just a warning.
We had dinner at the Black Duck once though not during RW. We were not seated near the bar but at one of the tables in an alcove at the rear of the room. It wasn't noisy (no raucous guys with loose ties) and, in fact, the overall ambiance was quite pleasant. I can't remember what we had which, obviously, means I didn't leave raving about the food. However, I would certainly remember if it had been really bad, so I'd say it was probably just o.k.
I personally love it...Ive been doing it every winter and summer i moved to the city...
i have reservations at mercer kitchen tonite, megu friday, and petrossian next week. im not sure if the menus will be anything like their normal dinner menus, but i think itll be worth it just to get a small taste of these places.
last winter i went to fig & olive, which was good..though not amazing.
Ive also made it to 21 Club for lunch and Hatsuhana...
I think the best dinner ever (during RW) was at Indochine...great food.
I was there for dinner on monday nite...
choices of appetizer were warm shrimp salad or tuna spring roll
choices of dinner were salmon, burger or roast chicken. dessert was chocolate cake or panna cotta.
The shrimp salad was ok..nothing amazing, i liked the tuna spring roll...
we both had the salmon which was quite nice (it was served over something, dont remember what?) the woman next to me had the chicken which looked very, very plain. dessert was the best part, the panna cotta was great, served with strawberries, and the chocolate cake was warm , served with vanilla ice cream...
needless to say i was unimpressed. id been wanting to check out mercer kitchen forever, i guess ill have to splurge on the real menu to appreciate it.
im looking forward to dinner at megu tomorrow and at petrossian next week!
I'm generally annoyed by restaurant week, but always end up going with a group that I have no part of organizing, just along for the ride so to speak.
I find that staff treats you differently, like you are just there for restaurant week and otherwise couldn't afford it or something.
There are so many menu limitations that I often end up ordering off the regular menu anyway.