I had always said that opening a restaurant in New Jersey would be a bad idea, too many chain restaurants and the people always look for the cheapest way out.
Now don't get me wrong I like a bargain as much as the next guy, my staff even refers to me as cheap.
But the event of dining out should be a social event from start to finish whether you're just 2 people out for the evening or a group of friends on a night on the town. You should be out for the total package service, ambiance, food and PRICE-- and this should be determined by your personal tastes.
If your biggest concern is price, stay home and learn to cook it will always be cheaper then dining out.
Ask any economist and they'll tell you the fastest way to save money is to cut back on non-essentials like dining out.
Ask me the fastest way to live a short, boring life is to cut back on the non-essentials like dining out, and enjoying the company of friends and the talents of the restaurant pros that excite you.