Restaurant Week: Are You Getting A Great Deal?
Restaurant week is about to wrap up, or is half over depending on how you look at it. The promotion named after its duration has become a bit of a misnomer as restaurants expand it into what might more accurately be described as restaurant month.
Back in July, when restaurants announced participation and released menus, we offered up a list of options we thought presented he best bang for your buck. At the same time Leslie Brenner picked apart 15 menus and determined that many of the deals offered by participating restaurants weren't much of a bargain at all.
As both a critic and previously as a civilian eater, I've typically avoided offers like these because they feel watered down. Meals seem rushed, the waitstaff seems stressed, and extra charges like that foie gras supplement and extra truffle shaving have a tendency to push dinner tickets right back up where they might be on a normal night out. Who am I to turn down a slice of duck liver for a 15 extra bucks?
I'm not a civilian diner, though, and I've spent my week in the suburbs, eating jerk chicken, oxtails and meat pies like a mad man. So I'm leaving this one to you guys. How's your restaurant week going so far? How's the service, the food you're being offered and how do you feel when you walk out the door after your meal? Is restaurant week a good deal? Or does it feel like a stunt to get diners out and dining during what is typically a very slow month for the industry?