62 Thomas St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.716871 -74.007420
Mon. - Wed., Sun. 5:30am - 11pm;Thu. - Sat. 5:30pm - 12pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Tribeca
Overwhelming! – My wife & I were totally bowled over by the food, ambiance, service, and presentation, a week after opening. Still working out some kinks - beef tataki took a while to arrive, though it was delicious when it did - but overall Megu holds great promise. Sit at the sushi bar to to witness the high-intensity insanity of the cooks there. Sushi & sashimi was some of the best we've had in NYC, the sake list is admirable (selected by longtime sake connoisseur/author John Gautner) & service was impeccable. The owner even came out to greet us, and gave me a handwritten introduction to his restaurant in Tokyo, when I mentioned that I was visiting Japan the following week. Only negative is the intense incense smell on entry, which reminds one of a funeral. Not appropriate for a restaurant at all, though most westerners probably wouldn't make the same association.
not worth it – my boyfriend and i went after it had been open for 4 days and it needs to make serious adjustments. the ambience is amazing and the service was attentive if not nervous. of course i haven't mentioned the fact that we walked in on time for our reservation only to wait in the empty bar for over half an hour, being seated when we "reminded" the hostess that we were still waiting. the major problem i had was that the food was so outrageously overpriced we were tempted to walk out on the bill. you can easily find food of equal or better quality at dozens of less expensive restaurants. i just don't think it's neccessary to charge $45 for the smallest portion of salmon i have ever seen. try it out if you have the $$ for the atmosphere but in my opinion it is completely NOT WORTH IT.
Most disappointed experience – The scene was magnificent. However, my birthday dinner was ruined by the untrained and unprofessional waiter. Since the menu is not organized in the way to describe the size of each dish, and there is no "omakase" nor a course, waiter's recommendation may be crucial to decide what to order, but he just recommended what he likes without considering appropriate amount for one person, and even served shellfish to whom who had mentioned she is allergic to shellfish! Some dishes were good though I don't recommend any type of tartar unless you like fishy tartar. It may be too harsh to give poor evaluation to the restaurant which has been only a couple of days since its grand open. Managers were nice, but the attitude of the owner to whom we presented some recommendations to improve their service implies very thin expectation in the future improvement.
beautiful restaurant – we also had the privilege of dining here during a "soft opening," and while there are still areas they can improve upon, overall it was a truly amazing experience. the decor is beautifully done and when you enter the main dining area, you know you have *truly* arrived. the hostess and owner were incredibly gracious and accomodating; the waitstaff was very attentive, but unfortunately, they still seemed a bit unsure in their presentation. the food is good, but i'm sure it will only get better. definitely start with the oysters -- they were the highlight of my evening!
Japan in NY – While MEGU is just opening to the public, I had the priviledge of attending a "soft opening" dinner -- absolutely incredible!
The food itself is like nothing NY has tasted - the most authentic, freshest and delectable combination of flavors & aromas.
Stepping into the restaurant is like enter a Japanese temple, with all the flair and energy of a downtown NY hotspot.
Delicious drinks, huge sake and wine selection, and the most lovely service in the city.
need serious improvement – They were out of many menu items. Only the waiter did not bother to tell us until 45 minutes after we had ordered and made substitutions without telling us. Half the items we ordered never arrived. They have a lot of improvement to get everything running smoothly. Don't count on quick, efficient service. Most of the food was pretty tasty, but this is no Nobu. Overall, not worth the money.
Best Restaurant in NYC – This is the ultimate in Japanese cuisine! From the decor to the menu it is the most impressive restaurant I have ever had the pleasure to dine in. If you have been to Nobu, Danielle, or the likes...Megu will surely put a smile on your face- as it is in the same category. I wouldn't be surprised if it is rated the best restaurant in NYC for 2004 and beyond.
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