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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Restaurant Week

It's Restaurant Week in New York! I'd never heard of such an event until a friend told me she was headed to Bobby Van's. At $80+ bucks a plate this isn't just a simple outing, but here in lies the magic of Restaurant Week. During the week, a three course meal is offered as a prix fixe (that's French). The table d'hôte (French, again) includes an appetizer, main course, and desert for $35. Add in a drink and a tip, and you're enjoying a meal for $55 which would normally go for a C-note.

As this writer and the Texan noted, there are some serious drawbacks to the event. Namely that the quality of the food is quite possibly going to be far below that of the regular menu. If so then the spirit of the event has been missed entirely.

The point is marketing and advertising. The week in question happens during the slowest economic time of the year. They should want you at their restaurant, and they need it to be a good experience. As a diner, much research should be done to see who is putting in the effort, and who is phoning it in.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Paul said...

San Diego does the same thing and I've attended Restaurant Week each year for the past three years.

I completely agree that the food is sub-par and the restaurants are crowded and annoying. I much more recommend trying new places on your own and avoiding any restaurant weeks.

2/04/2008 5:40 PM  

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