First of all, we were't going to eat at Megu. We had gone into the city because we had a reservation at Peter Luger's in Brooklyn. A reservation we'd had for 7 weeks. We were stuck in major traffic outside of the Holland Tunnel and as it got further and further away from our reservation time we had to come up with a back-up plan and fast.
Our dinner companions suggested he call Megu to see if they could take us. Sure enough they fit us in...a reservation for 4 at 9:00 on a Saturday night.
The restaurant is really top notch on decor. Modern, cozy, dimly lit, relaxing and they have comfortable chairs for a dinner that will last at least 3 hours. Ours lasted 3 1/2 hours from drinks at the bar to coffee and dessert so if you are on time constraints you should eat elsewhere.
We decided to have a variety of dishes to share at the table. My recommendations are crispy asparagus, tuna and avacado Megu style, crispy shrimp in cream sauce, fried goat cheese sticks with honey sauce, fresh edemame, tatsuta juicy fried chicken, 4 flavor tajima kobe beef skewers, parmesan french fries with white truffle oil, crispy tuna tartare with quail eggs, tuna seared chu toro with garlic and spicy and crispy shrimp rolls.
The fried goat cheese sticks with honey sauce and the tuna avacado Megu style were amazing and must haves. The tuna avacado is prepared for you table side. Make sure to get the parmesan freshly shaved as a topper. We were a little apprehensive at first, but the waiter let us know it was recommended by the chef. We agreed and it was outstanding. Who would have thought that combo of flavors would be so very good.
As for drinks the Pomegranate Mint Julep with Jim Beam is delicious and our guests loved the Lychee Martini. As for desserts my husband and our two guests had the chocolate fondant lava cake with ice cream which they said was very tasty. I had the Megu cheescake with wasabi. It came to the table decorated with a raspberry and raspberry sauce on top. Unfortunately, I'm allergic to raspberries and should have asked the server prior to ordering it because raspberry is a staple of dessert decor. However, they were very understanding because it doesn't mention raspberry sauce on the menu and made another dish of it for me. In the end the dessert was good, but an aquired taste and one I'm sure that would have benefited from a fruit sauce...if I was able to eat it.
I would highly recommend Megu, but be warned, the restaurant is very expensive. It will run you almost $200 per person with tax and tip...if you do the tasting menu it will run you around $200-$300 per person plus. However, it's well worth it in my opinion.
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