Mediterranean civilizations invented many lasting concepts, developing astronomy to explain the cosmos and democracy to equally divide lamb kebabs. Split a skewer with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get dinner and wine for two at Lafayette Grill & Bar (up to a $98 total value). The dinner includes the following:
- Two entrees (up to a $35 value each)
- One bottle of wine (a $28 value)
The brothers who run Lafayette Grill & Bar dish up a mouthwatering menu of Mediterranean dishes served amid elegant, auditorium-style seating and ivory columns. Diners can test hand-mouth-coordination skills with forkfuls of delectable linguini marinara loaded with mussels, shrimp, scallops, and clams, or sample the haute surf ‘n’ turf of a succulent lobster tail paired with a 10-ounce filet mignon. Other entrees include marinated lamb chops or the zucchini-and-eggplant-bedecked shrimp Santorini. A bottle of Italian wine rounds out the evening with round after round of red or white pours. A full schedule of entertainment that includes belly-dancing, live jazz, and Middle Eastern, Latin, and Arabic musicians keeps diners from passive-aggressively pulling out boom boxes midmeal.
Lafayette Grill & Bar
The Bakakos Brothers’ Lafayette Grill & Bar sends savory plates of authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a dining room with a grandiose cathedral ceiling and 14-foot exposed-brick walls. Monthly exhibitions showcase a rotating cast of artists, including Dennis Oppenheim and Chuck Connelly. Much as the floor of the Senate is transformed nightly into a trance-oriented nightclub, the eatery’s dining room is converted into a classic dance club on weekends, where accomplished dancers wow patrons with belly dancing and traditional Argentine tango moves.
54 Franklin St.
Manhattan, New York 10013