One of the great simple pleasures of traveling abroad is stumbling upon a restaurant frequented by locals, followed closely by bathing in gelato and loudly explaining why everything in America is better. Replicate that feeling with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of upscale American fare at Houston St. Bistro.
Houston St. Bistro's menu brims with beautifully prepared meats, pasta, salads, and desserts. Tongues try on classy duds with upscale appetizers including panko-fried calamari with spicy marinara ($8). Noontime nibblers dine on handheld fare such as the caprese panini, loaded with fresh mozzarella and basil, and the half-pound Bistro burger with fries (both $8). The Bistro salad of spring greens, egg, potato, green beans, and olives, topped with seared tuna ($10 lunch, $18 dinner), combines the finest flavors of the oceans and lands, and steaks such as the filet mignon with mashed potatoes and vegetables ($29) provide beefy bites of pure America. Dishes arrive in presentations that artistically blend color, shape, and texture, earning accolades from eyes before gratifying gullets.
Attractive wood paneling adorns dining-room walls, and tables dress for dinner in snow-white linens. Alfresco appetites find fulfillment with outdoor patio seating that also supplies an excellent vantage of Houston St. Bistro’s namesake.
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Houston St. Bistro sits just a playbill’s toss from the Majestic Theatre, welcoming post-show patrons with tables dressed smartly in black and white linens. The dinner menu ranges from classic steaks and chops drizzled with savory marsala wine sauce to inventive modern dishes such as the wasabi-crusted ahi tuna served atop cilantro sweet-corn rice. During the afternoon, the bistro whips up lunchtime fare such as paninis and burgers amid an ambience as relaxed as a business-casual coronation ceremony. At any time of day, patrons can peruse a list of 43 international wines available by the glass, bottle, or half-bottle.:m]]