Food & Drink in East Norwalk


$30 for $50 Worth of Craft Beer at The Beer Garden

The Beer Garden

Norwalk

Beer hall and garden features custom-made picnic tables, 16 draft beers, and dozens more available in bottles and cans

$50 $30

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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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Steaks and Seafood for Two or Four or More at The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood (42% Off).

The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood

Rowayton

Freshly caught clams, oysters, swordfish, and shrimp sourced from an onsite historic fish market

$60 $35

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Steakhouse Food at The Old Mill (Up to 47% Off). Three Options Available.

The old mill

Norwalk

Black Angus tenderloin steak, barbecue ribs, slow-cooked pork platter, flatiron steak and shrimp, grilled salmon, and blackened tuna steak

$20 $12

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Pizzeria Cuisine at SoNo Pizza (Up to 46% Off). Three Options Available.

SoNo Pizza

Norwalk

Eatery serves fried ravioli, The Ragin’ Cajun pizza with Cajun chicken and hot cherry peppers, steak and cheese sandwiches, and burgers

$24 $14

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Italian and Grill Fare for Take-Out from Marinello's Deli and Grill (Up to 40% Off)

Marinello's Deli and Grill

Norwalk

Take home Italian and grill favorites such as 32 varieties of Boar’s Head sandwiches, eggplant parmigiana in a grinder roll, or burgers

$20 $14

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Take-Out Pizza and Italian Food at Marinello's Pizzeria (Up to 40% Off)

Marinello's Pizzeria

Norwalk

Classic Italian dishes and pizzas topped with a variety of fresh ingredients, such as house-made meatballs and hot cherry peppers

$20 $14

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Premium Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Riedel Crystal Glasses from GrapesWine.com (69% Off)

GrapesWine.com

Multiple Locations

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

$80 $29

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Mediterranean Dinner for Two or Four at Cafe Madrid Continental (Up to 50% Off)

Cafe Madrid Continental

Norwalk

Sharable tapas include everything from beef empanadas to platters of imported meats and cheeses

$30 $15

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Mexican Food for Dine-In or Takeout at Tacos Mexico (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Tacos Mexico

East Norwalk

Tacos and burritos enfold steak, chicken, and chorizo, and more unique ingredients such as cacti and chipotle cream spice up the menu

$20 $11

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Italian and Greek Food at 4 Brothers Pizza & Mediterranean Restaurants (50% Off). Two Options Available.

4 Brothers Pizza & Mediterranean Restaurant

Westport

Four brothers and their Mom fashion Italian pizzas and pastas, as well as classic Greek appetizers and entrees

$10 $5

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Dinner or Brunch for Two or Four at Bistro B at The Westport Inn (Up to 53% Off). Six Options Available.

Bistro B at The Westport Inn

Westport

Bistro and wine bar tucked inside historic inn serves up new American food for breakfast and dinner

$72 $36

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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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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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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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Asian Fusion Cuisine at Tengda Asian Bistro (39% Off). Two Locations Available.

Tengda Asian Bistro

Multiple Locations

Award-winning Asian bistro chain fills its menu with sushi, noodle dishes, and grilled entrees in a high-energy atmosphere

$40 $25

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Five-Visit Punch Card with $8 Toward Burgers, Chili, and Mac 'n' Cheese Each Visit at ChiliBomb (58% 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 $17

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Burgers, Salads, and Shakes, Valid Sunday–Thursday or Any Day at Flipside Burgers & Bar (Up to 55% Off)

Flipside Burgers & Bar

Fairfield

Thousands of burger combinations, specialty sandwiches and salads make up a menu complemented by cocktails and sodas from full-service bar

$20 $9

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$99 for a Three-Day Juice Cleanse at Red Mango ($199 Value)

Red Mango

Fairfield

Each cleanse includes 15 16-ounce juices filled with greens, beets, ginger, and tropical fruits to help the body detox

$199 $99

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Five $8 Vouchers for Fried Hot Dogs, Hand-Cut Fries, and Shakes

Rawley's Drive Inn

Fairfield

Deep-fried hot dogs from a roadside eatery featured on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate

$8 $3.50

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New Latin Cuisine at Ola Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Ola Restaurant

Fairfield

New York Times–praised restaurant serves modern Latin small plates, steaks, and seafood alongside tropical drinks

$50 $25

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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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$28 for $50 Worth of Italian Food at Tazza Osteria & Bar

Tazza Osteria And Bar

Fairfield

From the merchant: Experience a new and fresh Italian restaurant

$50 $28

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Three Bottles of Red or White Wine, or Six Bottles at Black Rock Vintners (Up to 45% Off)

Black Rock Vintners

Southport

Craftsman sources grapes from California vineyards for cabernet sauvignon, petit sirah, and pinot grigio

$62.97 $35.99

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Pizza Party for Six or More, or $30 for $30 Worth of Pizzeria Cuisine at Tony Z's Pizza

Tony Z's Pizza

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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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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$5 for $10 Worth of Coffee — BonJo Coffee Bar

Bonjo Coffee

Stamford

From the merchant: BonJo Coffee Bar roasts all coffee on premise. Come taste the most unique and unmistakable coffee on the market.

$10 $5

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Two or Four 12-Inch One-Topping Pizzas and Beers at Fiddler's Pub (Up to 45% Off)

Fiddler's Pub

Shippan

Beer at this classic neighborhood bar pairs with pizzas topped with broccoli, anchovies, sausage, peppers, or meatballs

$37.90 $22

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Peruvian Lunch or Dinner for Two or Four at Fiesta Atlantic Restaurant (Up to 57% Off)

Fiesta Atlantic Restaurant

Downtown

Ceviche, seafood plates, and spicy pepper steaks paired with Peruvian wine, beer, and specialty drinks

$23 $11

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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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$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 $9

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Mexican Food and Drinks at Costa Del Sol (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

Costa Del Sol

North End

While notes from a mariachi band fill the dining room, patrons dig into steak nachos, scoop up ceviche, and nosh on burritos

$20 $11

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American Cuisine at Zeke's Bar and Grill (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Zeke's Bar and Grill

Bridgeport

Eatery dishes out barbecue chicken flatbreads, create-your-own burgers, double-glazed ribs, wings, and salmon, as well as a salad bar

$10 $6

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$49 for Tapas for Two with Sangria or Wine at Taberna Restaurant (Up to $84 Value). Two Options Available.

Taberna Restaurant

Brooklawn - St. Vincent

Share contemporary Italian and Spanish tapas such as empanadas and Serrano ham in an elegant dining room or on the patio

$84 $49

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Burger Meals with Fries and Milkshakes at Moe's Burger Joint (Up to 56% Off). Three Options Available.

Moe's Burger Joint

Bridgeport

Inventive single- and double-patty signature burgers with playful toppings such as BLT or mac and cheese

$8 $3.50

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Sunday Brunch for Two or Four with Bottomless Cocktails at Barnum Publick House (Up to 43% Off)

Barnum Publick House

Downtown

Sweet and savory brunch options pair with bottomless brunch cocktails in turn-of-the-century style pub

$60 $35

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Five-Visit Punch Card for American Food or Meal for Two at Joey B's Famous Chili Hub (Up to 40% Off)

Joey B's Famous Chili Hub

Cos Cob

Award-winning hot dogs and burgers match with chili, breakfast, and sandwiches at counter-style eatery

$30 $18

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Upscale American Dinner or Sunday Brunch for Two or Four at J House Restaurant (Up to 45% Off)

J House Restaurant

Riverside

Local ingredients—including grass-fed beef & house-smoked salmon—anchor a creative American menu; chance to win $250 dinner on Facebook page

$60 $34

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Italian Food for Takeout or Delivery or a Lunch for Two at Bella Nonna Restaurant and Pizzeria (Up to 49% Off)

Bella Nonna Restaurant and Pizzeria

Greenwich

Italian classics ranging from pasta tossed in fresh-made sauces to fire-kissed pizzas and house-made desserts

$20 $12

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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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Pan-Asian Cuisine at Asiana Cafe (Up to 39% Off). Two Options Available.

Asiana Cafe

Greenwich

Dim sum, Thai and Chinese-American entrees, sushi, and sashimi at a New York Times–praised restaurant

$40 $25

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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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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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Pub-Food Dinner for Two or Four or More, or Lunch at Elijah Churchill’s Public House (Up to 50% Off)

Elijah Churchill’s Public House

Fort Salonga

Casual neighborhood restaurant serves comfort-food classics, including burgers, meatloaf, and honey-dipped fried chicken

$40 $20

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Pub Fare or Brunch at Station House Wine Bar and Grill (Up to 45% Off). Four Options Available.

Station House Wine Bar and Grill

Stratford Train Station

Linguini and clams, cheese ravioli, and New York strip steak sandwich

$41.90 $26

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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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Churrascaria Meals for Two or Four at Copacabana Steakhouse (Up to 45% Off)

Copacabana Churrascaria

Port Chester

Staff shave off portions of flank steak, barbecue chicken, and Brazilian sausage at your command, pairing meat with dishes on the salad bar

$77.90 $45

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Pizza and Italian Food at Nina's Pizzeria (Up to 46% Off). Two Options Available.

Nina's Pizzeria

Northport

Pizzas topped with buffalo chicken, broccoli and ricotta, scrambled eggs, penne and mushrooms, meatballs, and eggplant

$40 $22

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$21 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $15 of Food at Cilantro or Burrito Shack ($45 Total Value)

Cilantro and Burrito Shack

Multiple Locations

Build-your-own tacos, burritos, nachos, salads, and other Mexican food in a family-friendly restaurant with Day of the Dead decor

$15 $7

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Fine Dining for Two or Four at Acacia (Up to 40% Off)

Acacia

Huntington Village

Simmering mussel pots, dry-aged steak, and fresh-caught fish paired with wines and cocktails

$105 $63

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Steakhouse Dinner with Appetizers, Drinks, and Entrees for Two or Four at Mac's Steakhouse (Up to 45% Off)

Mac's Steakhouse

Huntington

Appetizers such as short rib dumplings complement entrees, including dry-aged steaks and ahi tuna

$124 $68

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Italian Cuisine or Pizza and Wings Takeout Packages at Pomodorino Ristorante (Up to 48% Off).

Pomodorino Ristorante

West Hills

Brick-oven pizza with san marzano tomatoes and fresh basil, spaghetti with housemade meatballs, and lasagna with imported parmesan cheese

$30 $16

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$28 for $50 Off Your Bill at Vitae Restaurant & Wine Bar

Vitae

Huntington

NY Times lauded & award-winning chef brushes ribs with house-made coffee-barbecue sauce & sprinkles veal cutlets with Italian grana cheese

$50 $28

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$15 for $30 Groupon — The Gift Basket Bowtique

The Gift Basket Bowtique

Huntington

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

$30 $15

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Prix Fixe Italian Lunch Cuisine for Two or Four at Bravo! Nader (57% Off)

Bravo! Nader

Huntington

Twelve cozy tables are set with appetizers, soups, or salads, entrees such as veal parmesan or house-made gnocchi with pesto, and coffees

$29.90 $13

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$12 for $20 Worth of American Diner Food at Dix Hills Diner

Dix Hills Diner

Huntington

Lunch and dinner specials come with soup or salad plus dessert at a cozy American diner that serves up paninis, burgers, and pasta

$20 $12

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Prix Fixe Meal with Drinks or Beers for Two or Four at XO Restaurant • Wine & Chocolate Lounge (Up to 54% Off)

XO Restaurant • Wine & Chocolate Lounge

Huntington

Upscale, international small plates precede meat and seafood entrees at the restaurant or upstairs wine lounge

$103 $49

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Casual Mediterranean Food at Tasty American CooCoo (Up to 53% Off). Three Options Available.

Tasty American CooCoo

Huntington

Tender kebabs, crisp falafel, and other simple Mediterranean eats anchor the menu at this hidden-away eatery

$20 $11

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South-American Cuisine or Takeout at Sur Argentinian Steakhouse (Up to 42% Off)

Sur Argentinian Steakhouse

Huntington

Grilled steaks with chimichurri, seafood combinations, and pasta at a steakhouse rated “very good” by the New York Times

$60 $35

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Four-Course French Dinner for Two or Four at La Panetière (50% Off). Four Options Available.

La Panetière

Rye

Weekly rotating menu of contemporary French cuisine at AAA Four Diamond Award–winning restaurant lauded in New York Times

$165 $82

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$11 for Beer and Wings, Burgers, or Sandwiches at The Wing Lady ($20.99 Value)

The Wing Lady

Rye Brook

Housemade wing sauce; trio of crab-cake sliders; burger topped with guacamole and chili; BLT with 1 lb. of bacon; draft and bottled beers

$20.99 $11

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Three, Six, or Nine Bottles of Cold Pressed Juice at Jamba Juice (Up to 43% Off)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

A convenient way to enjoy healthy and delicious cold pressed juices with three servings of fruit and/or veggies, new from Jamba Juice

$16.47 $9.99

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Three, Six, or Nine Bottles of Cold Pressed Juice at Jamba Juice (Up to 43% Off)

Jamba Juice

Multiple Locations

A convenient way to enjoy healthy and delicious cold pressed juices with three servings of fruit and/or veggies, new from Jamba Juice

$16.47 $9.99

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Artisan Woodfired Pizza Dinner for Two or Four at Bellizzi (Up to 46% Off)

Bellizzi

Mount Kisco

Pizzas, panini, salads, and an assortment of pasta dishes refuel patrons at eatery with an arcade and family entertainment

$46 $25

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four With or Without Wine at Caesar's Grill Restaurant (Up to 46% Off)

Caesar's Grill Restaurant

Mount Ivy

Veal sorrentino sautéed in red sauce and layered with prosciutto, mozzarella, and eggplant highlights a menu of Italian cuisine

$49.80 $29

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Pizza and Italian Cuisine at Gianfranco's (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Gianfranco's

Bedford

Specialty pies covered in Cajun shrimp, basil-roasted peppers, and caesar dressing or pasta in alfredo, vodka, bolognese, and pesto sauce

$30 $17

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Southern Italian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Sette E Venti (Up to 60% Off)

Sette E Venti

Bedford

Homemade pastas and fresh meat and produce compose four-cheese gnocchi and veal scaloppini; gluten-free and whole-wheat options available

$75 $31

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Sushi and Japanese Cuisine at Hito Japanese Restaurant (Up to 60% Off)

Hito Japanese Restaurant

Mount Kisco

Specialty sushi rolls with ingredients from wasabi-spiked lobster and yuzu-mango sauce to fried soft-shell crab and basil leaves

$30 $12

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25% Off Your Entire Bill at Le Jardin Du Roi. Reservation Through Groupon Required.

Le Jardin Du Roi

Chappaqua

The Clintons, Vanessa Williams, and Rob Thomas are among those who frequent this bistro for its classic French fare

$10

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Four-Course International Dinner for Two or Four at Global Grill @myong gourmet (Up to 51% Off)

Global Grill @myong gourmet

Mount Kisco

Award-winning restaurant creates provocative international dishes such as Shrimp Indonesia and French-style Sous-vide Organic Chicken Breast

$111 $59

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$35 for $70 Worth of Indian Dinner for Two or More People at The Curry Club

The Curry Club

Long Island

Low-fat yogurt coats dark-meat chicken kebabs, and tandoori oven bakes spicy warmth into salmon tikka masala at Zagat-rated eatery

$70 $32

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Dinner for Two with Apps, Entrees, and Wine at Athenian Greek Taverna (Up to $69 Value). Two Options Available.

Athenian Greek Taverna

Commack

Traditional Greek menu includes hummus, flaming cheese, and seafood starters, as well as grilled kebabs, spinach pie, and whole grilled fish

$69 $35

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Pizza Meal for Two or Four or Chicken-Parmigiana Meal for Eight at Harrison Pizza and Pasta (Up to 63% Off)

Harrison Pizza and Pasta

Harrison New York

Pizza dinners placate tongues with one-topping pizzas, salad, and ziti; catered chicken parmigiana brings a backup of mixed salads

$28.97 $13

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Italian-Style Pub Food at Halstead's Bar & Grill (Up to 42% Off). Reservation Through Groupon Required.

Halstead's Bar & Grill

Harrison

A wide range of guests enjoys pub favorites and traditional Italian dishes at cozy restaurant with live performances

$50 $29

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Italian Meal with Glasses of Wine for Two or Four at Mama Teresa's (Up to 51% Off)

Mama Teresa's

Milford

Classic Italian entrees, such as clams and calamari in a fra diavolo sauce, veal marsala, and gnocchi, pair with glasses of wine

$57 $28

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Mexican Dinner for Two or Four or Mexican Lunch for Two at Mariachi’s Mexican Restaurant (Up to 60% 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 $23

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Cupcakes and Coffee for Two or Four at Taste & See Gourmet Cupcakes (Up to 42% Off)

Taste & See Gourmet Cupcakes

Devon / Walnut Beach

Cupcakes made from Madagascar bourbon vanilla and Ghiradelli chocolate match with coffee at charity-minded shop

$12.14 $8

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Sandwiches and Wraps at Zach's Deli (Up to 60% 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 $4.50

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Billiards and Craft Beer for Two or Four at Fast Eddie’s Billiards Cafe (50% Off)

Fast Eddie's Billiards Cafe

New Milford

Groups of two or four can choose from a selection of more than 50 craft brews as they play pool

$28 $14

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Flour drifts down through the air, the motes catching briefly in the light from the wood-fired oven. Inside, fontina, smoked mozzarella, and ricotta melt across the handcrafted crusts, forming warm tributaries of cheese. Nearby, chefs sprinkle fistfuls of broccoli rabe, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, and eggplant onto fresh dough or stew san marzano tomatoes to craft a thick sauce the deep crimson color of a sports car that just discovered it left a hair curler in. The cooks look to traditional Neapolitan recipes and forge crusts from a simple combination of flour, yeast, water, and salt. In an effort to protect the environment, the staff at Red Tomato Pizza?from the same owners as Dortoni Bakery in Levittown and Messina Market in East Norwich?also serves hormone-free meat in the glow of gentle LED lights and uses recycled glassware.

6245 Northern Blvd.
East Norwich,
NY
US

Giant copper kettles overlook the dining room at Sono Brewhouse Restaurant, glinting in the light that shines over ornate railings, exposed brick walls, and a colorful collection of flags. Shipped to the United States from a brewery in Germany, these kettles infuse the restaurant with a sense of history and spark visitors? curiosity about the world?s many beer-brewing nations. Bartenders fan these flames of intrigue by serving drafts of Paulaner Hefe-Weizen from Germany and bottles of Rochefort Trappist ale from Belgium and Innis & Gunn oak-aged ale from Scotland.

To complement these globe-trekking brews, chefs forge hearty New England-style and international entrees, such as lobster pot pie, Argentine gaucho steak with chimichurri, and wiener schnitzel accompanied by potato pancakes. They explore even more of the world?s finest during Sunday brunch, which teems with Italian chicken picatta, Chinese dim sum, and Viennese treats crafted by pastry chef Fran Schuelke. For private events, guests can choose from a variety of buffets, meat-carving stations, and raw bars brimming with freshly shucked oysters and clams.

13 Marshall Street
Norwalk,
CT
US

Avocados, jalapeños, and tomatillos. These staples of traditional Mexican cuisine take center stage at Tacos Mexico, where the dishes’ rustic simplicity lets their flavors shine through. Chefs nestle tender morsels of steak, carnitas, or chorizo into corn tortillas to create their signature tacos, and they also turn out more complex entrees, such as cubes of pork loin blanketed in a rich mole sauce or vegetarian options that spotlight portabella mushrooms and cacti.

As guest conclude their meals with sweet nibbles of tres leches cake or coconut flan, they can listen to the ebb and flow of a soccer match broadcast on the flat-screen television hanging over the bar. Nearby, a belt of cornflower blue wraps around the dining room’s bright, yellow walls, which bear paintings of traditional Mexican pueblos rather than Mexico’s newest moon colonies.

82 Fort Point St.
Norwalk,
CT
US

BJ Ryan's BANC House (BBQ and Crab) satiates cravings for both fresh coastal catches and savory wood-smoked meats that exude Southern charm. The slow-smoked pulled pork calls to taste buds from the plate where it sits slathered in homemade sauce and dry rub, and savory shrimp and grits blend dry rub and cheddar flavors. The talented chefs pay a special tribute to fresh crab, which can be added to any entree, steaming dishes such as the Banc crab cake, dungeness, Alaskan king, or blue crabs, which come dressed in homemade roasted-garlic sauce, ginger caramel, or inner-harbor spice.

Not to be overshadowed by the succulent food, BJ Ryan's dark, varnished wood and black-lacquered furnishings effuse a low-key, yet carefully kept dining environment marked by old photos and broad chalkboards listing the day?s specials.

16 River St
Norwalk,
CT
US

Emigrating from Punjab to the United States more than 17 years ago, Saffron's continent-hopping owners act as tour guides through India's culinary landscape with a menu that's "diverse and extensive enough to satisfy all tastes," according to the Norwalk Citizen. Five-star chef Sandeep Kakkar and his team furnish empty bellies with subtly spiced saag chicken, lamb masala, and shrimp biryani, as well as a variety of gluten-free and vegan entrees. Midday visitors can find ample sustenance from an extensive buffet that stretches across the restaurant or twiddle their thumbs until it's time for the daily wine and beer happy-hour specials. Saffron's soft hanging lights and refined Indian artwork encourage diners to relax while being serenaded by Indian music softer than a cloud's beard.

333 Westport Ave
Norwalk,
CT
US

Whether beneath the thatched roof of the tiki hut or at an intimate table surrounded by bamboo shoots, Papaya Thai and Asian BBQ’s tropical themes pervade the eatery’s confines. The barbecue bar grants diners a front-row seat to watch chefs expertly grill marinated meats and veggies on wooden skewers, wielding the power of fire like Prometheus to cook beef to its tender best state. A variety of Thai tasting plates and main dishes include classics such as pad thai, sizzling chicken in a thai barbecue sauce, and skewered chicken satay. From the tiki bar, bartenders pour tropical drinks such as papaya thai-ritas made with sweet mango and nutty monkeys, an almond-rum-banana concoction the staff delivers to tables by way of swinging through the rafters.

24 Marshall St
Norwalk,
CT
US