Food & Drink in Connecticut

Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Anchor (Up to 47% Off)

Anchor

Downtown

Food and wine or beer in a low-down, authentic bar listed among Esquire’s Best Bars in America for 2014

$31 $17

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$35 for a $50 Gift Card for Italian Cuisine at Vito's By the Water. Two Locations Available.

Vito's by the Water

Multiple Locations

Views of a tranquil lake complement traditional Italian dishes cooked according to family recipes

$50 $35

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Freshly Prepared Mexican Lunch or Dinner for Two or Four or Takeout at Tacos Guadalajara (Up to 50% Off)

Tacos Guadalajara

Downtown

Beef or chicken tacos or chimichangas, huevos rancheros, tostadas, and vegetarian burritos at a Mexican restaurant open since 1980

$20 $12

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Tasting Menu or Dinner at Zagat-Rated La Crémaillère Restaurant (Up to 55% Off). Five Options Available.

La Crémaillère Restaurant

Bedford/Banksville

Enjoy the autumn tasting menu of French Country cuisine with traditional European influences, including vegetarian options

$170 $85

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Prix Fixe Dinner with Beer Pairings or a Large Pizza with Beers for Two at Pies and Pints (Up to 47% Off)

Pies and Pints

Pies and Pints Waterbury

Monthly prix fixe beer dinners pair four courses with craft brews

$120 $78

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Barbecue and Seafood for Two or a Take-Out Football Feast at BJ Ryan's BANC House (Up to 42% Off)

BJ Ryans's Banc House

Central Norwalk

Smokehouse-barbecue and fresh-seafood menu unites Southern recipes with coastal eats, such as lobster rolls, pulled pork, and dungeness crab

$50 $29

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Wood-Fired Pizza and Iron-Skillet Pasta from Red Tomato Pizza (Up to 54% Off). Six Options Available.

Red Tomato Artisanal Pizza

East Norwich

Wood-fired margherita pizza made with fresh mozarella and extra virgin olive oil; pastas cooked in an iron skillet; sangria and dessert

$54 $25

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Three Italian Meals or Two Meatball and Pasta Specials at Mima’s Meatballs and More (Up to 55% Off)

Mima's Meatballs and More

Danbury

Dine on classic or veggie meatballs atop pasta with a choice of six sauces or fried pizza fritte in a casual Italian cafe

$10 $4.50

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French Lunch or Crepe-Cart or Café Rental from La Petite France (Up to 55% Off). Four Options Available.

La Petite France

West Hartford

Pastries, breads, and croque monsieurs prepared by French husband-wife team; portable crêpe cart for parties of 20; rent café for party

$20 $10

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Five-Visit Punch Card with $8 Toward Burgers, Chili, and Mac 'n' Cheese Each Visit at ChiliBomb (45% Off)

Chili Bomb

Fairfield

Fresh, handmade burgers pair with hand-cut fries made from a secret 11-step recipe; loaded gluten-free chili & three-cheese mac from scratch

$40 $22

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Homestyle Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at Savin Rock Roasting Company (Up to 53% Off)

Savin Rock Roasting Company

West Haven

Hand-cut steaks from certified Choice Midwest beef; kitchen staff roasts seasoned corned beef, pastrami, roast beef, and turkey overnight

$93.85 $46

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Spanish, Mediterranean, and French Tapas Dinner or Breakfast or Lunch for Two or More People at Village Bistro (40% Off)

Village Bistro

Milford

Omelets, wraps, and panini sandwiches give way to a tapas-style dinner menu with dishes such as pork empanadas and hummus with pita bread

$50 $30

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American Food and Drinks at Marnick's Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Marnick's Restaurant

Stratford

Daily specials include hamburgers, salads, wraps, and lobster rolls served in an eatery with sweeping views of the beach; open 7 days a week

$20 $10

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Wine Tasting with Cheese Plate and Souvenir Glasses for Two or Four at Arrigoni Winery (Up to 50% Off)

Arrigoni Winery

Portland

Visitors sample five of this vineyard’s wines before enjoying a cheese plate—and more wine—on a scenic patio or in the pavilion

$28 $15

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Italian Cooking Class for One or Two at Dalice Elizabeth Winery (Up to 67% Off)

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

Using Mediterranean sea salts and ingredients from local farmers, chefs teach the basics of preparing homestyle Italian cuisine

$75 $26

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Wine Class with Souvenir Glasses for Two or Four at Haight-Brown Vineyard (Up to 54% Off)

Haight-Brown Vineyard

Litchfield

Wine tasting matches gourmet chocolates with globally sourced cheese, and includes a keepsake glass

$70 $35

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Dueling-Piano Show with Cover, Appetizers, and Wine or Beer for Two or Four at Marisa's Ristorante (50% Off)

Marisa's Ristorante

Trumbull

Every Friday night at 7 p.m., rock and roll pianists battle it out with a bit of comedy at upscale casual restaurant; song requests accepted

$40 $20

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$35 for a $50 Gift Card at Rooftop120

Rooftop 120

Glastonbury Center

Spend an evening sampling oysters with an apple ginger mignonette or a Braveheart filet with Far East steak sauce.

$50 $35

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Italian-American Meal for Two or Four at Jesse Camille's Restaurant (Up to 41% Off)

Jesse Camille's Restaurant

Naugatuck

On covered patio, beside fire, or at cozy sports bar, diners feast on thick, juicy burgers and pappardelle bolognese to satisfy hunger

$66 $39

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Standup for Two, Four, or Eight at Hartford Funny Bone Through February 28 (Up to 84% Off)

Hartford Funny Bone

Hartford Funny Bone

Club features nationally touring comics seen on stage and screen

$46 $15

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American Dinner for Two or Four at Four Main Street Bar and Grill (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

Four Main St. Bar and Grill

Huntington

Chef John Slattery crafts blackened steaks, fried calamari, and other upscale American favorites in a casual eatery nestled in Hidden Hills

$138 $65

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$3 for $5 Worth of Milk Shakes — Scoops Ice Cream

Scoops Ice Cream

Southington

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you.

$5 $3

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Pompeo's Italian Restaurant (50% Off)

Pompeo's Italian Restaurant

Branford

A menu brimming with Italian classics, from baked ziti to zuppa di clams, await dinner diners along with customizable and specialty pizzas

$30 $15

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$30 for $50 Worth of Japanese Cuisine at Matsu Sushi

Matsu Sushi

Westport

Dozens of sushi rolls made with squid and fatty tuna, plus hibachi meals of steak, shrimp, and salmon, all served in a grand former theater

$50 $30

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Diner Food, Valid Monday-Thursday, Any Day of the Week, or for Take Out at Dish N' Dat (40% Off)

Dish N' Dat

Canton

All-day breakfast, beef and veggie burgers, and six varieties of mac and cheese loaded with fixings such as lobster meat or chicken tenders

$20 $12

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$12 for $20 Worth of Food and Drink at Red's Tavern

Red's Tavern

South Windsor

This tavern located inside Nomad’s AdventureQuest serves up hearty American cuisine like pan-seared salmon, ribs, and mac and cheese

$20 $12

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$42 for $80 Worth of American Cuisine and Drinks for Dinner or $20 for $ for Brunch

Whitfield's on the Guilford Green

Guilford Center

Whitfield’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide picturesque views, overlooking one of New England’s most historic and beautiful town greens

$80 $42

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Premium Wine Tasting for 2 or 4 with Souvenir Riedel Crystal Glasses from GrapesWine.com (Up to 62% Off)

GrapesWine.com

South Salem

Wine experts Jim Winston or Jay Boland will lead guests through an entertaining and educational two-hour wine-tasting event

$90 $39

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Pizza with Sides and Soda at Domino's Pizza (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Domino's Pizza

Ansonia

Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery

$23.28 $12

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$12 for $24 Worth of Italian Sandwiches, Pizza, and Deli Food at Saldamarco’s Deli

Saldamarco's Deli

Clinton

Italian sandwiches are layered with fresh deli meats and cheeses, plus favorites such as chicken parm, sausage and peppers, and meatballs.

$24 $12

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Vietnamese Cuisine at Pho Ethan (Up to 44% Off). Two Options Available.

Pho Ethan

Wallingford

Vietnamese restaurant dishes out spring rolls, seafood yellow noodle soup, beef pho, fried calamari, and spicy stir-fry chicken

$25 $14

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$15 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine at Aziago’s Restaurant

Aziago's Restaurant

Southington

Housemade meatballs and signature sauces highlight traditional Italian dishes such as linguine with meatballs

$30 $15

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Italian American Food for Lunch or Dinner at East Street Eatery (50% Off)

East Street Eatery

Wolcott

Italian American staples including New York strip steak, Angus burgers topped with cheese, and pasta tossed with chicken or seafood

$30 $15

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Farm-to-Table Meal for Two or Four at Red Clover Cafe at The All-American Valley General Store (Up to 66% Off)

Red Clover Cafe at The All-American Valley General Store

Seymour

Every dish at the cafe has roots around the farm or with producers around the state, enhancing traditional and modern dishes

$37.90 $14

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$27 for $50 Worth of Upscale Seafood for Parties of Two or More at Go Fish

Go Fish

Mystic

Shoreline restaurant features an innovative seafood menu complemented by a raw bar, a sushi bar, a wine bar, and a coffee bar

$50 $27

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$6 for $10 Worth of Snacks — Jeff's Kettle Corn

Jeff's Kettle Corn

Tolland

From the merchant: Get two bags of Jeff’s delicious kettle corn for about the same price as one. Many flavors to choose from!

$10 $6

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Pizza, Sandwiches, and Pasta at Tony Z's Apizza (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Tony Z's Apizza

Tony Z's Pizza

Dozens of varieties of New Haven–style brick-oven pizza with specialty toppings such as breaded chicken and fresh clams

$30 $15

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Organic and Locally Sourced Cuisine at Organic Planet Restaurant (Up to 53% Off). Four Options Available.

Organic Planet Restaurant

Greenwich

Healthful, tasty meals made with organic and minimally refined ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors

$40 $21

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New American Dinner for Two or Four at New Harvest Restaurant (Up to 42% Off)

New Harvest Restaurant

Beacon Falls

Diners can partake of an eclectic menu of palatable dishes, ranging from ceviche to pan-seared duck breast

$30 $18

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Upscale American Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Sweet Peas (Up to 60% Off)

Sweet Peas

Riverton

Chefs prepare ginger-soy-glazed salmon and oven-roasted lamb in Victorian homestead amid antiques

$25 $10

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$22 for $40 Worth of Upscale American Cuisine and Drinks at Red Hen

Red Hen

Old Saybrook Center

Roasted Atlantic cod with bisque, Portuguese Fisherman’s Stew, and an array of eclectic tapas

$40 $22

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$12 for $24 or $24 for $48 Worth of Caribbean and Asian Fare at Metric Bar and Grill in Bridgeport

Metric Bar and Grill

Downtown

Chic restaurant crafts eclectic Asian- and Caribbean-inspired cuisine & specializes in corporate catering

$24 $12

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Yannis Pappas at Sports Haven on Saturday, November 29, at 7 p.m. (Up to 35% Off)

The Yannis Pappas

Sports Haven

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Standup shows off the skills that have landed him appearances on Comedy Central, VH1, and Fusion Network

$34 $22

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$35 for a $50 Gift Card for Dinner at Dish Bar & Grill

Dish Bar & Gril

Downtown Hartford

Entrees such as ahi tuna prepped three ways, lamb meatloaf, and pan-fried lobster schnitzel, plus steaks and seafood a la carte

$50 $35

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Japanese Cuisine at Shiki Hibachi & Sushi (Up to 50% Off)

Shiki Hibachi & Sushi

Stamford

Soft shell crab and lobster tempura are fashioned into sushi rolls; filet mignon and lobster are seared hibachi-style at tableside grills

$30 $16

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$22 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $20 Worth of Italian-American Food at Whiskey River Tavern ($40 Value)

Whiskey River Tavern

Waterford

Pub serves up fried ravioli, fish 'n' chips, meatball subs, and a slate of pizzas

$20 $9

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$18 for $30 or $30 for $60 Worth of Tapas and Drinks at Tinto Tapas Bar

Tinto Tapas Bar

Norwalk

Chefs prepare hot, cold, and fried small plates, sizzling up dishes including housemade chicken empanadas

$30 $18

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New York-Style Bagels and Coffee Packages at Bruegger's Bagel (Up to 60% Off). Three Options Available.

Bruegger's Bagel

Danbury

One dozen flavored and plain New York-style bagels with cream cheese with coffee for up to 12, or punch card for 10 medium cups of coffee

$20 $8

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$15 for $30 Worth of Organic, Fair Trade Coffee, and Locally Made Ice Cream

Harvest Country Store

West Hartford

Organic and fair-trade coffee, which can be topped with vegan-friendly syrup, pairs with ice cream from a local supplier

$30 $15

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One- or Three-Day Juice Cleanse at The Stand Juice Company (45% Off)

The Stand Juice Company

Multiple Locations

Vegan cleanses aim to boost vitality using fresh, made-daily juices from organic fruits and vegetables

$60 $33

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One, Two, or Three Large Two-Topping Pizzas with Sides for Carryout from Domino's Pizza (Up to 55% Off)

Domino's Pizza

Milford

Delectable extras like stuffed cheese bread, Cinna Stix, and soda pair with large two-topping pizzas for carryout only

$25.97 $15

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$27 for a $40 Gift Card for Creole and Cajun Cuisine at Scatz Restaurant & Jazz Lounge

Scatz Restaurant & Jazz Lounge

Middletown

Honey-glazed fried chicken, Cajun crawfish pasta, pan-seared pork chops topped with apple-mango chutney, and Louisiana fried catfish

$40 $27

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$9 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Ice Cream at S&S Sweet Treats ($20 Value)

S&S Sweet Treats

Torrington

Sundaes feature ice-cream flavors such as cappuccino crunch, moose tracks, and oatmeal cookie, alongside a menu of soups and sandwiches

$10 $4.50

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$15 for One Dozen Cakepops at Lizzy's Lollicakes ($30 Value)

Lizzy's Lollicakes

Trumbull

Dozen cakepops; flavors such as vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, funfetti, devils food, lemon, strawberry, carrot, and Oreo

$30 $15

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Hibachi, Sushi, or Asian Cuisine for Two at OKI Asian Bistro (Up to 43% Off). Three Options Available.

OKI Asian Bistro

Vernon

Menu of Asian cuisine presents choices of sushi, hibachi entrees, rice and noodles, and Thai

$60 $35

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Wine Tasting and Class for One or Two at Black Bear Wines & Spirits (Up to 51% Off)

Black Bear Wines & Spirits

Westport

During the 90-minute class, wine experts teach visitors to distinguish grape variety, vintage, and region

$50 $25

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$18 for $30 Worth of Mediterranean Cuisine for Two at River's Edge Bistro

River's Edge Bistro

Unionville

Eatery serves Mediterranean cuisine such as halal meat, kebob and lamb entrees, falafel, gyros, moussaka, and Mediterranean pies and salad

$30 $18

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Breakfast and Lunch Food at Dom's Broad Street Eatery (Up to 40% Off). Two Options Available.

Dom's Broad Street Eatery

Windsor

This classic American diner serves up tasty twists on tradition including meatloaf-stuffed omelets and apple fritter french toast

$10 $6

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $6 Worth of Fro-Yo at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt ($24 Value)

Sweet Frog

Guilford

21 frozen-yogurt flavors including sweet coconut and georgia peach; available in gelato, low-fat, fat free, non-dairy & gluten-free options

$6 $3

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian Carry-Out at The Original Antonio's

The Original Antonio's

Multiple Locations

Thin-crust pies take center-stage dressed in pesto and chicken or clams; other options include house-made ravioli and Tuscan pork chop

$20 $12

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Three or Five Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Drinks at Chasers Bar & Lounge (65% Off)

Chasers Bar & Lounge

Ansonia

Enjoy a beer or cocktail at this sports bar, which features a pool table, dart board, video games, and flat-screen TVs

$10 $3.50

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Breakfast or Lunch at Dad's Restaurant (Up to 58% Off). Two Options Available.

Dad's Restaurant

Wallingford Center

Restaurant's homey atmosphere invites diners to sit down for homemade belgian waffles, omelets, burgers, and triple-decker club sandwiches

$20 $9

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Brewery Tour with Souvenir Glasses for 2, 4, or 10 at Shebeen Brewing (Up to 56% Off)

Shebeen Brewing

Wolcott

Tour a brewery started by two avid home brewers, which features creative beers such as the bacon Kona stout with oatmeal, coffee, and bacon

$20 $9

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One Salad at Greenwich Salad Co. (40% Off)

Greenwich Salad Co.

Greenwich

One regular-size chopped salad with your choice of house-made dressing, four chef-inspired ingredients, and one protein

$10 $6

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Seafood and Steak Dinner for Two or Four at The Tributary Restaurant in Winsted (Up to 45% Off)

The Tributary

Winsted

Amid wood-paneled walls & old-time photographs, waiters ferry fresh clam & mussel starters to tables along with veal, pasta & filet mignon

$68.80 $39

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Surf 'n' Turf at Front Street Station (Up to 52% Off). Four Options Available.

Front Street Station

Greenport

Stuffed shrimp scampi, lobster, filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, gourmet burgers, broiled stuffed flounder, and shrimp and scallop provencale

$50 $25

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American Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at Bistro B (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Bistro B

Multiple Locations

Upscale eatery creates American bistro cuisine such as local raw oysters, BLT sliders, tuna steak, duck confit, and double-cut pork chops

$72 $36

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Standup Comedy at Joker's Wild Comedy Club (Up to 50% Off)

Joker's Wild Comedy Club

Joker's Wild Comedy Club

Patrons enjoy local and national headlining comedians as they fill the air with laughter

$30 $15

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Pub Food at Angry Bull Saloon (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Angry Bull Saloon

Hartford

Crowd-pleasing pub dishes such as California-style fish tacos, burgers topped with barbecue sauce and cheddar, and pulled pork nachos

$20 $11

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Diner Breakfast for Two or Breakfast or Lunch for Four at Betty Ann's Kitchen (Up to 40% Off)

Betty Ann's Kitchen

Stamford

Diner dishes out food such as french toast, pancakes, egg sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, onion rings, and pizza

$20 $13

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Tapas and Sangria Sunday–Thursday, or Friday or Saturday at Paella Tapas Wine Bar & Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Paella Tapas Wine Bar & Restaurant

Norwalk

A cool pitcher of sangria complements three tapas, such as Maryland crab cakes, baked goat cheese, or a platter of Spanish cheeses

$73 $39

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Wings or Burgers with Draft Beers for Two, Four, or Six at Coyote Maverick (Up to 63% Off)

Coyote Maverick

Danbury

Dig into jumbo wings or burgers topped with fried onions, chili, or mushrooms; draft beers from breweries including Shocktop and Lost Sailor

$35.98 $17

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Japanese Dinner for Two, or Miso Soups, Specialty Rolls, and Glasses of Wine for Two at Sakimura (Up to 47% Off)

Sakimura

Simsbury Center

Hibachi meals prepared on smokeless grills; rolls with elegant fillings such as pepper tuna; modern flourishes of foie gras with sweet miso

$55 $29

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Italian Dinner Cuisine for Two or Four at Biscotti's Ristorante (Up to 44% Off)

Biscotti's Ristorante

New Fairfield

House-made sauces top entrees such as chicken parmigiana, clams casino, or Italian classics rich with meat, veggies, and seafood

$40 $24

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Mexican Dinner for Two or Four or Mexican Lunch for Two at Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant

New Milford

Mexican menu includes black-bean, tortilla, and chicken soup as well as classic burritos, tacos, chimichangas, flautas, and enchiladas

$48.85 $31

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New American Cuisine at Juniper's Restaurant (Up to 60% Off). Three Options Available.

Juniper's Restaurant

Middlebury

Restaurant with live music dishes out penne ala vodka, barbecue pork ribs, fried seafood platters, Angus burgers, and fresh crab salads

$45 $20

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$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for a Taco Meal at Eats of Bolton ($24 Total Value)

Eats of Bolton

Bolton

Head chef with international experience dishes out tacos with fillings like mahi-mahi, tofu, and pork carnita along with sides and a drink

$12 $6

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Italian Meal for Two or Four with Appetizers and Wine at Lombardi's (Up to 60% Off). Four Options Available.

Lombardi's Tattoria

Georgetown

Italian eatery serves up authentic Italian cuisine such as calamari, squid-ink linguini, wood-fired pizza, and wine by the glass or bottle

$86 $39

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Sushi and Teriyaki Dishes for Dinner for Two or Four at Mikado Asian Bistro in Canton (Up to 50% Off)

Mikado Asian Bistro

Canton

Color Dragon rolls stuffed with shrimp tempura and sprouts; sea eel sashimi; sizzling shrimp teriyaki

$30 $16

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Upon entering Tuscany Ristorante, guests are greeted by the sweeping country landscapes that pepper the bright-yellow walls, evoking summers spent under the Tuscan sun, sipping wine and dancing the tarantella until the INS showed up. The warm interiors paired with crisp white linens and hardwood floors infuse the restaurant with a casual elegance to match its classic, flavorful fare. The chefs whip up rich Tuscan dishes, including hearty pasta; prime, dry-aged steaks; and decadent housemade desserts. Pasta and risotto entrees showcase carb sculptures such as the rich rigatoni boccelli, which, like any marble statue, comes doused in pancetta and light vodka sauce. As guests dine, they can indulge in a bottle of wine plucked from the floor-to-ceiling wine rack that lines the walls with rustic wood planks and elegantly displays hundreds of bottles.

1084 Madison Ave
Bridgeport,
CT
US

As the heir apparent to three generations of cooks, Rose Foote’s decision to follow in their footsteps was no surprise. Her journey started when she worked at her parent’s restaurant at the age of 9, and it continued in 1995 with her catering service, and, eventually, a culinary tour throughout Tuscany. All of these influences can be found in her inventive breakfast, lunch, and brunch menus at Bella’s Café—Rose describes the resulting theme as “European roots with contemporary flair.” An illustrative example is the eggplant ciabatta, a unity of grilled eggplant, fire-roasted red peppers, gooey melted mozzarella, and spicy arrabbiatta sauce.

The food isn’t the only aspect of Bella’s Café that blends a classic European aesthetic with contemporary influences—the décor adheres to that theme. Burnt yellow hues give the walls a rustic look, and framed prints and paintings remind guests that they don’t have to sculpt their French toast into a bust of Napoleon playing with his food to see beautiful art.

896 Whalley Ave
New Haven,
CT
US

Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

61 Savitt Way
Hartford,
CT
US

Chef Kausik Roy didn't invent his signature dish after attending culinary school, nor did he do it while he was working at some of the best restaurants in India. In fact, he was only a 9-year-old boy in Mumbai when he took one look at a plate of slimy okra and told his family he refused to eat it until it was crunchy and spicy. Someone took pity on him, sprinkled the okra in green chili, and deep-fried it. To everyone's surprise, they all loved it, and this dish, karrarri bhindi, has been a mainstay of Roy's kitchens.

At his newest restaurant, Tawa Indian Cuisine, there are two distinct dining areas: the more laid-back downstairs, where guests dig into plates of finger food and can get away with wearing mismatched socks, and the fancier, intimate space upstairs, where guests enjoy Indian fusion favorites. These include shrimp, calamari, scallops, and basmati rice flecked with saffron—the Indian version of paella—and coconut-and-pepper shrimp served with a chutney mayo.

211 Summer Street
Stamford,
CT
US

Hailed by none other than the New York Times for eclectic dishes that combine “a homey touch with a dash of originality,” The Pine Social throws a sophisticated spin on traditional American comfort fare. Chandeliers cast a soft glow on tables situated side by side within the tavern-like restaurant and lounge, which anchors its menu on free-range meats, ocean-fresh fish, and locally sourced produce. The kitchen’s homemade sausage and slow-braised beef short ribs are not to be missed, based on their own merits as well as their shared ability to whet palates for the dessert menu’s warm apple spring rolls. Sips of aged scotch and spiked, hot apple cider thaw jaws frozen agape at the tavern’s dark-stained walls, rustic wooden accents, and plush furnishings. Light from high-definition TVs glints off the bar’s full-service spirits station, beside which guests can treat their ears to music that pours forth from live bands on Thursday and Friday nights.

36 Pine St
New Canaan,
CT
US

For a half century, the Fascia family tree has been made of solid chocolate. John and Helen Fascia first began making the treats in 1964, with their three daughters helping out in the family's kitchen. Eventually, the business grew out of the house and today the Fascia's chocolates can be found throughout Connecticut and at their central Waterbury factory. The family still leads the team and continues to make small batches of hand-crafted chocolates as well as other treats?including authentic gelato made on-site.

44 Chase River Road
Waterbury,
CT
US