Like murder mysteries or international intrigue, mixed drinks and small plates are only improved when set on a train. Sip on a captivating conspiracy of cuisine, libations, and décor with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of mixed drinks and small plates at Orient Express.
Amidst a setting modeled after antiquated train cars with vintage beech-wood panels, faux windows, and bronzed luggage racks, the cocktail conductors of Orient Express make stops all along the famed train's former route with their trans-European cuisine and drink menus. Boasting the pomp of aristocratic ticket-holders, the mingling continental cocktails include the hearty Herkules, a slosh of sweet vermouth and ambrosial Yellow Chartreuse on a solid foundation of Bushmills Irish Whiskey ($14), and the Agatha, a stiff-lipped blend of Old Tom Gin and lemon with house-made strawberry-sage soda ($12). With special emphasis on the owner's homeland of Turkey, the sumptuous spread of small plates features a French-infused brie panini in mild mango chutney ($10) and nibbles of pastirma, a lacy array of air-cured Turkish beef ($8). On a steady rhythm of provisions and potables, Orient Express trundles convivial carousers across a distant hemisphere with the playful majesty of a Victorian mustache.