Food & Drink in Connecticut

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody" at Lyman Center on November 13 (Up to 40% Off)

"Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody!"

Lyman Center

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Live-action comedy takes a stab at the bestselling adult novel and pop culture phenomenon, Fifty Shades of Grey

$35 $21

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$20 for Tour, Tasting, and Pint Glasses for Four at Thomas Hooker Brewery ($36 Value)

Thomas Hooker Brewery

Bloomfield

Touring and tasting at local microbrewery on Saturday afternoons

$36 $20

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$15 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Asian Food at Asiana Bistro

Asiana Bistro

Stamford

Thai noodle dishes, bento boxes, and sushi abound on the pan-Asian menu

$30 $15

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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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Peruvian Cuisine for Two or Four at Fiesta Limena (Up to 46% Off). Five Options Available.

Fiesta Limena

Norwalk

Internationally-influenced Peruvian dishes include ceviche, pepper steak with fried egg, and spiced rotisserie chicken

$25 $15

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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 50% 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 $5

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Office Lunch Sushi Party, Sushi House Party, or $24 for $40 Worth of Sushi from Ichiro Hibachi & Sushi Bar

Ichiro Hibachi & Sushi Bar

West Hartford

Japanese restaurant serves sushi, teriyaki and tempura entrees, bento boxes, soups, and salads or goes to homes and offices for sushi party

$150 $99

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Gourmet Sandwiches with Drinks for Two or Four at Johnny Prete's Deli A-Go-Go (Half Off)

Johnny Prete's Deli A-Go-Go

Hamden

Sandwiches include specialty steak and cheese flatbreads and shrimp po-boys as well as classic deli options such as roast beef

$20 $10

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Five-Visit Punch Card with $8 Toward Burgers, Chili, and Mac 'n' Cheese Each Visit at ChiliBomb (50% 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 $20

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Homestyle Cuisine for Dinner for Two or Four at Savin Rock Roasting Company (Up to 45% 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 $56

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Mexican Dinner for Two or Four or Mexican Lunch for Two at Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant (Up to 51% 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 $29

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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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Italian and American Cuisine for Breakfast or Dinner at Nolita Ristorante (40% Off)

Nolita Ristorante

Nolita Ristorante

Eatery uses fresh farm-to-table ingredients to create Italian and American cuisine such as fresh housemade pasta and tuna melt paninis

$20 $12

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New American Cuisine at Juniper's Restaurant (Up to 48% 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 $25

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Italian Cooking Class for One or Two at Dalice Elizabeth Winery (Up to 52% 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 $37

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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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$17 for $35 Worth of Progressive American Cuisine for Parties of Two or More at Rooftop120

Rooftop 120

Glastonbury Center

Spend an evening sampling dishes such as oysters in a pineapple and shallot mignonette or steak and frites with chipotle-lime butter

$35 $17

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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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Steaks and Seafood for Dinner or Take-Out at CW's Chops ‘n’ Catch (Up to 46% Off)

CW's Chops ‘n’ Catch

Manchester

Eatery transforms local seafood and produce into contemporary American fare; available for weekday dinner or take-out

$50 $27

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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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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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$17 for One Appetizer and Two Drinks for Two or More at Matthew's Restaurant ($30 Value)

Matthew's Restaurant

Farmington

Appetizers such as grilled tenderloin tips or clam casino served in an idyllic setting beside the Farmington River

$30 $17

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$14 for $30 Worth of Italian Cuisine for Two or More at Lena's Restaurant

Lena's Restaurant & Banquet

South Windsor

Flowing red curtains and vintage hanging lights set the tone for brick-oven pizzas, mussels, hearty pastas, and veal sautéed in wine

$30 $14

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$42 for $80 Worth of American Cuisine and Drinks for Dinner or $20 for $40 for Brunch at Whitfields on Guilford Green

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

$40 $20

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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 (50% 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 $5

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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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Breakfast or Lunch at Dad's Restaurant (Up to 35% 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 $14

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Stir-Fry Dinner for Two or Four at Gobi Mongolian Grill (Up to 44% Off)

Gobi Mongolian Grill

Southington

Customize bowls with meats, seafood, noodles, and veggies before ladling in sauces and handing them to chefs to cook on the grill

$31.90 $19.50

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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 54% 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 $19

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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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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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Pub Dinner at The Cracker Barrel Pub (50% Off)

Cracker Barrel Pub

Tariffville

Classic bar food, including onion straws and 12 oz. new york strip steaks, served in a building dating back to 1870

$40 $20

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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 48% Off)

Sweet Peas

Riverton

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

$25 $13

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Surf 'n' Turf at Front Street Station (Up to 60% 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 $20

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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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Bistro Cuisine for Dine-In or Carryout at Lena's Cafe and Confections (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Lena's Cafe and Confections

Westville

Hearty brunch and lunch dishes range from bananas foster french toast and seafood omelets to buffalo-chicken paninis and half-pound burgers

$20 $11

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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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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 $11

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four with Wine and Appetizers at Quartina Trattoria and Vineria (Up to 47% Off)

Quartina Trattoria and Vineria

South Norwalk

House-made pasta paired with fresh seafood, beef, veal, and an extensive wine program in the former Bacchus space

$89.85 $49

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New York-Style Bagels and Coffee Packages at Bruegger's Bagel (Up to 50% 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 $10

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$27 for a Corn Maze Package with Apples and Doughnuts for Four at Rosedale Farms Winery ($52 Value)

Rosedale Farms Winery

Simsbury

Find your way through the six-acre corn maze before enjoying fall-flavored doughnuts and apples

$52 $27

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Italian Dinner Fare Sunday-Thursday at Tuscany Ristorante in Fairfield (Up to 50% Off)

Tuscany Ristorante

Fairfield

Skilled chefs fork over authentic Italian cuisine such as hearty pasta, prime steaks, and housemade desserts in casually upscale environment

$40 $20

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Colombian Cuisine at Peroles (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Peroles

West Haven

Colombia native Jaider Osorno combines his culinary acumen with fresh meats and seafood for a taste of traditional Latino cuisine

$20 $12

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Sandwiches and Wraps at Zach's Deli (Up to Half Off). Two Options Available.

Zach's Deli

Post Road South

Deli sandwiches, wraps, and salads as well as coffee and pastrami and Swiss panini on rye

$10 $5.50

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$11 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 $5.50

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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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$12.50 for $25 Worth of Brick-Oven Pizza for Two at Randy's Wooster St. Pizza Shop

Randy's Wooster St. Pizza Shop

Manchester

Handcrafted pizzas in more than 30 styles include the infamous 22-inch stuffed Challenger pie that appeared on Man Vs. Food

$25 $12.50

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$5 for $10 Worth of Caf? Sandwiches — Brunello Cafe

Brunello Cafe & Gelato

Branford

Discover what locals are raving about: • $5 for $10 to spend on food • Desserts,crepes, gelato or specialty coffees

$10 $5

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$5 for 30% Off Your Bill for Indian Food at Mumbai Times

Mumbai Times

Westport

Starters of kebabs and tandoor-fired chicken tenders lead into specialties from both northern and southern India

$5 $5

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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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$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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$16 for $30 Worth of American Food and Ice Cream at The Summer House

The Summer House

Southwick

Year-round shop with up to 24 ice-cream flavors and classic food such as grilled-cheese sandwiches, BLTs, burgers, hot dogs, soup, and fries

$30 $16

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$16.50 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Baked Goods at Eddy's Bake Shop (Up to 45% Off)

Eddy's Bake Shop

Ansonia

Made-from-scratch baked goods such as rye bread, cupcakes, and Hungarian raspberry cookies

$10 $5.50

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Frozen Yogurt or Birthday Party for 10 at Planet Swirl (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

Planet Swirl

Wallingford

21 fro-yo flavors with 80+ toppings fill bellies at space-themed fro-yo shop; birthday party includes a visit from Swirly the alien mascot

$20 $12

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of American Fare at Big Steve's Grill ($30 Total Value)

Big Steve's Grill

Plainville

Family-owned establishment with patio serves up American favorites such as Angus burgers, house-made chili, and deep-fried Twinkies

$10 $5

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Brewery Tour with Souvenir Glasses for 2, 4, or 10 at Shebeen Brewing (Up to 51% 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 $10

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$27 for $50 Worth of Lunch or Dinner for Two or More at Steak Loft

Steak Loft

Mystic

Grilled to order steaks and fresh seafood have been served inside in a replica farmhouse that boasts a 40-year dining tradition

$50 $27

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Prix Fixe Dinner for Two or Four or Takeout at Blackstones Steakhouse (Up to 50% Off)

Blackstones Steakhouse

Greenwich

Prix fixe dinner with choice of prime, dry-aged steaks or fresh seafood, as well as appetizers, dessert, and wine in an elegant steakhouse

$190 $100

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Brewery Tour with Beer Flights and Glasses for Two or Four at Broad Brook Brewing Company (Up to 50% Off)

Broad Brook Brewing Company

East Windsor

Groups of two or four tour brewery with 15-barrel system and sample classic as well as seasonal brews

$22 $12

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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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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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16-Course Sushi Dinner with Sake Pairings for Two at Miya's Sushi (Up to 55% Off)

Miya's Sushi

Chapel West District of New Haven

16-course dinner with sake pairings at innovative restaurant lauded for sustainable sushi

$174 $79

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$23 for $40 Worth of Japanese and Korean Cuisine at Ichiban Japanese & Korean Restaurant

Ichiban Japanese & Korean Restaurant

Hartford

Japanese and Korean specialties such as beef bulgogi, fresh sushi, and seafood simmered in tableside hot pots

$40 $23

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Diner Breakfast for Two or Breakfast or Lunch for Four at Betty Ann's Kitchen (Up to 35% 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 $14

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Sunday Italian Brunch for Two or Four at Bar Sugo (Up to 51% Off)

Bar Sugo

Central Norwalk

Selections such as meatballs, crostini, and omelets with marscapone and sausage accompanied by Bloody Marys or mimosas

$80 $43

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Wings or Burgers with Draft Beers for Two, Four, or Six at Coyote Maverick (Up to 58% 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 $19

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French Lunch or Crepe-Cart or Café Rental from La Petite France (Up to 61% 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 $8

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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 St
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 gelato.

44 Chase River Road
Waterbury,
CT
US