100 South Chop House emulates swanky 1950s supper clubs with ambient jazz, tender steaks, and ambrosial martinis. Diners can fork-spear a filet mignon, rib-eye, or skirt steak, or release the knife gripped between their teeth to slice into coconut-crusted and teriyaki-glazed fish such as mahi mahi, salmon, and sea bass mingling with jalapeño peppers. Burger patties sizzle under mounds of melting white cheddar, spicy blue, or buffalo mozzarella. Meanwhile, chefs simmer sauces such as asiago cream, basil tomato, and garlic white-wine to toss with pastas. Patrons can select glasses of wine from a roster of dozens, including myriad cabernets, merlots, and posh reserve vintages that arrive wearing fedoras and wingtips.
Café Amano summons patrons to its elegant, warmly lit interior with the savory aromas of gourmet small plates, salads, pastas, entrees, and more. Warm up over a plate of warming gnocchi di pesto, potato dumplings chaperoned by apple-and-gouda chicken sausage ($17), or sink your teeth into an elegant entree such as the oven-roasted rack of Australian lamb chops, enrobed in a shiitake mushroom port wine reduction ($29). A menu of decadent handmade desserts sports sweeties such as the chocolate l’orange torte, infused with Grand Marnier and tipsily donning a lampshade-style hat of chocolate ganache ($9). Relax in the cream and black accented dining room with a correspondingly hued Intelligentsia café au lait ($3), or sip on an imported dessert selection from the wine list such as the French Pineau des Charentes ($7 per glass). View the full menu here.
Wine & Vine's executive chef, Hank Dreyer, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and conducts a kitchen specializing in sophisticated fare with an Italian inflection. Wine & Vine is so committed to fresh ingredients that it owns neither a freezer nor a food re-freshener. Start at the top of the menu with an appetizer of mushrooms "over-stuffed" with pesto ($7), or test Dreyer's credentials as an award-winning soupologist with a cup of tomato basil ($4.75). Pasta protégés can slurp shrimp scampi with linguini ($18.95) or check the math on the 1,000-layer vegetable lasagna ($15.95). The filet trio ($39.95) mocks the concept of choice by presenting a different topping—Bearnaise sauce, parmesan, and gorgonzola—on each of three filets. A lunch menu offers an assortment of salads, pastas, and sandwiches, and a variety of desserts is available for appetites not wiped out by the savory selections.
• For $15, you get $30 to use at the wine bar or toward bottles to take home. • For $32, you get an evening of wine and cheese for four, including four flights of wine (up to a $14.50 value each) and two sample platters of gourmet cheeses to share (an $8 value each; up to a $74 total value).
Bakery treats make the perfect pacifiers for crying babies, nagging mail carriers, and anti-establishment co-workers who stick it to the man by scream-singing from an adjacent cubicle. Bleeding Heart Bakery's Groupon assortment includes a classic red velvet cupcake, a caramel-filled Veruca Salt cupcake (enhanced with fleur de se), six cake balls in flavors such as almond and chocolate mocha, one mallowy s'mores brownie, a banana fudge brownie, two nut- and fruit-laden scones, and one lonely but remarkably well-adjusted lemon bar.