Adorned with an 800-pound bell, an ice-sculpture Buddha that's rebuilt nightly, and scroll-topped chairs, MEGU certainly evokes some kind of Japanese temple. But in place of Zen simplicity, this enormous restaurant exalts excess: take the columns of interlocking rice bowls and sake vases, the hundreds of bolts of antique kimono fabric, and, of course, the menu marked by liberal use of Kobe-style beef and truffle oil. Today's Reserve selection invites you to sing the praises of sensory overload with dinner for two, served in the first-floor of MEGU:
- One order of spicy edamame
- Two Kobe-beef Umami burgers with two sides of parmesan-truffle french fries
- Two Japanese beers
A team of chefs works collaboratively to create an umami-packed signature cuisine, which blends centuries-old culinary traditions with contemporary touches. They view the restaurant as a sort of filter, collecting celebrated dishes from all across Japan and bringing the best to New York.
Amid flickering candles and velvet sofas, MEGU sees a more casual side of the menu, but it still revolves around Kobe-style beef: American raised, but typically taken from Wagyu cattle reared similarly to those produced in the famous Kobe region in Japan. The result "is so deeply flavorful that it almost makes you swoon," wrote Frank Bruni of the New York Times in a 2004 review. Burgers enhance this lusciously marbled meat with avocado, and fries laden with parmesan and truffle oil complement their richness (after a palate-cleansing order of seasoned edamame).
M Lounge at MEGU
Located on the second floor of Tribeca restaurant MEGU, M Lounge's swank, nightclub-like atmosphere comes with a striking view. An 800-pound temple bell and a Buddha ice sculpture dominate the dining room below its sleek balcony. The lounge itself doesn't lack for opulent decor, either—300 rolls of antique kimono fabric line the low-slung walls.
An American-style bar with Japanese flair, M Lounge translates MEGU's style into casual atmosphere. Patrons can pick from a long list of craft cocktails, including Japanese-inspired takes on the margarita and the bellini, or opt for bottle service as they recline on plush couches. Waitresses will also deliver dishes from an extensive food menu, which includes Megu's original kobe beef burger.