French cuisine is decadent and filling, although less so once you realize that eating the entire cloth napkin is politely discouraged. Bon appétit with this Groupon.
$80 for $160 Off Your Dinner Bill
You can order anything on the dinner menu, which includes provençal frog legs and escargot hors d’oeuvres, seaweed-crusted scallops, and a grilled 12-ounce new york strip steak served with rosemary pomme frites.<p>
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- Appetizer––PEI mussels in white wine ($21) and red and yellow beets ($15)
- Entrees––Roasted duck breast with green lentils and root vegetables ($27) and lamb chop with white-bean puree and wild mushrooms ($32)
- Wine––Château Picau-Perna, Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux, 2010 ($58 for a bottle)
Total Bill: $153 for dinner<p>
Bistro La Promenade
Executive Chef Alain Allegretti has traveled widely—a journey that has included doing battle on Iron Chef America—but his heart and palate remain in Nice, where he grew up. Nice is a seaside town, and although the farm where Allegretti lived as a child shows through in his focus on simple, seasonal ingredients, the Mediterranean exerts just as much of a pull on the focused menu. About half the entrees celebrate seafood, from risotto swimming with clams, shrimp, calamari, crab, and scallops to a dish of skate fish with applewood bacon. The rest are dominated by the traditional flavors of the French countryside: escargot, frog legs, and chicken-liver pâté. Some of the bistro’s most beloved dishes come in small packages, such as the zucchini-flower beignets, which Time Out New York placed on its list of 2012’s 100 best dishes and drinks, noting that “you’d be hard-pressed to find an airier, crisper, more addictive bite in all of New York.”
On the drinks menu, a large selection of mostly French wines is joined by some unexpectedly tropical cocktails, such as spiked lavender lemonade and mezcal mai tais. Brass lamps hang over the long bar and dining room below a black-and-white-striped ceiling painted to resemble an old-fashioned beach umbrella or a portal to the zebra dimension.