Metropolis Musings

Sushi Tales | September 6, 2009

Why does it have to be so difficult?  I have no food in my apartment, so last night by the time I left the house I was starving.  I met up with my friends Tyler and Kenny and they agreed to get something to eat with me, despite eating an hour prior on their own.  So here’s what happened.

There was a sushi place right by that sounded like a viable option for all levels of hunger.  I was ravenous, Kenny could get a nibble and Tyler just wanted a drink.  So after careful selection we placed our order.  But then it got confusing.

The waitress came back and told us it was an $8 minimum per person.  That sounds self explanatory, but then there’s a catch.  Sushi is 50% off–but–you can only obtain that discount if you end up with an $8 minimum per person after the discount.  Follow?  So in order for you to receive the 50% off and abide by the $8 minimum is to order $16 worth of sushi…per person.

With our original order I ordered 2 rolls, for a $10 total, Kenny was at $4, Tyler’s drinks were not included in the quest for the ultimate discount, though he was required to total $8 in drinks.

This became a simple math problem that in turn was tripling the duration of our stay.  Kenny had to get $4 more, but once you reach $8, you might as well go for the $16.  I was up to $10, but it would actually be cheaper for me to get $16 which would bring it back to $8!  Still with me?  The problem with this, though it ultimately turns out to be a great deal, is that none of us wanted to consume anymore food!

So after thorough calculations, down to the cents, we figured out what we needed to order.  When the waitress came back she looked at us like “how could this possibly be taking so long” and we explained our predicament.  To which she said she would already give us the discount.  Ugh.  I repeat, why does it have to be so difficult?

Chalk that up to a New York thing.


Posted in New York City


  1. And that summaries exactly why I don’t want to live in New York. Hope it ended up tasty, though!

    Comment by Sarah — September 7, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

  2. That was supposed to say “summarizes” 🙂

    Comment by Sarah — September 7, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

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