Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; cover a man in fish and put him at risk for shark attacks. Steer clear of perilous waters with today's Groupon: for $35, you get an Italian dinner for two at Masina Trattoria in Weehawken (up to a $78 value). The dinner includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $12 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $24 value each)
- Two glasses of house wine or draft beers (up to a $9 value each)
The chefs at Masina Trattoria craft a varied menu of Italian cuisine with many gluten-free options. Patrons gaze lovingly across the Hudson at the New York skyline like Statues of Liberty filled with longing, while warming up appetites with an order of muscles in pinot-grigio-roasted tomato broth. A crisp parmesan crust bears the pork-chop entree onto waiting tongues, and swordfish arrives bearing the telltale marks of a grilled past. Diners can also blanket forks in bucatini pasta, rife with shrimp, capers, and san-marzano tomatoes, and loosen lips with a passion-fruit cosmopolitan that blends Ketel One vodka, Patrón Citronge, passion-fruit purée, and cranberry juice.
Inside Masina Trattoria, hardwood floors support eager appetites while vintage photography evokes more nostalgia than watching Full House in black and white. In apropos weather, diners may also explore the eatery's outdoor patio.
The cuisine: Italian. The vista: New York's one-of-a-kind skyline, towering high above the Hudson. Masina Trattoria's team delivers its cuisine to an outdoor patio overlooking Manhattan's iconic architecture, which wasn't built in a day—it was built in a plot of land. They also serve their food inside, where those twinkling views of the skyline fill the expansive windows, and framed black and white photos add a touch of vintage to the romantic decor.
Bearing the name of post-war actress and wife of Italian director Federico Fellini, Masina Trattoria pays homage to the spirit of the bold cuisine of Italy. Executive Chef Rocco Russo crafts classics such as gnocchi and cavatelli, but also adds inventive touches such as parsley sausage and broccoli raab.