Restaurant Week is here again! Every year I go and it always seems like some restaurants aren't really into it. It's like buying supermarket brand coke. It's just not the same. Servers seem to prefer shuffling customers out instead of actually providing basic service. And by basic service, I mean like bringing a dish you ordered already that's part of the restaurant week menu. It used to be that some places cared. Restaurant Week was this thing that brought in customers that a restaurant normally doesn't see. When I was a student in this city, that was super cool. It's like, "Ohhh it's Bobby Flay's restaurant! Oh and there he is at the bar!" Restaurant week used to be cool. What is puzzling is that restaurants still love this shit. It makes sense because they make money but seriously... wtf?
If you do end up going to a place to enjoy a Restaurant Week meal, make sure you take your time. That's Pro Tip #1. Don't let the server rush you. You made the reservation and you deserve not to be rushed. Eat your dessert like you're driving Ms. Daisy. Seriously. Be easy. Tip #2 is to be proactive. Since some restaurants become busier than usual, it becomes more difficult for the server to remember different tables and orders. So if shit takes too long, ask about it. Don't be afraid if Restaurant Week is your out-of-the-ordinary foray into the crazy restaurant world in New York.
Even after all these years I still fall victim to being rushed by the server until the point when the server forgets that I'm there. Seriously, Restaurant Week is sometimes just another way to say Bad Service Week. I'm not sure if it's good for me to try new restaurants or bad for me to get headaches.
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