France has graciously loaned three things to America: flag colors, Gerard Depardieu, and the cuisine behind today’s Groupon. For $20, you’ll get $50 worth of contemporary French cuisine at North End’s Sensing Restaurant. The literal brainchild of famed French chef Guy Martin—no, you may not call him "French Guy" for short—this modestly upscale establishment brings Paris to the Fairmont Battery Wharf via authentic cuisine, fine wines, and words with a silent but deadly x. The restaurant recently received AAA’s prestigious Four-Diamond rating, so feast with the confidence of a hypocrite lecturer, mon semblable… mon frère!LibertyFrance: The ideal of liberty consists of being able to do anything that does not harm others.USA: Liberty is used mostly to wear pajama pants outside.
In Boston’s financial district rests Vintage Lounge, an American bistro with an extensive wine list that has earned the restaurant a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2007. While perched on leather chairs in an amber-hued dining room, guests pair designer cocktails with sharable small plates and hearty entrees such as braised short ribs crowned with roasted shallots and acorn squash or hand-cut fettuccine in a bolognese sauce. A glowing candle-topped bar adds to the restaurant’s romantic atmosphere and helps diners celebrate overcoming their fear of shadow puppets.
Within a chic lounge setting accented with mahogany woodwork, the chefs at Battery Park Bar & Lounge assemble a menu of upscale American bar fare that includes burgers, chicken wings, and marinated steak tips. Sports action and nonstop crocheting tournaments light up 15 HD flat-screen televisions while teeth nibble on starters such as the buffalo-chicken rangoon ($8.99)—fried wontons filled with crumbled blue cheese and pulled buffalo chicken—or four styles of battered chicken wings ($8.99). Boasting 9 ounces of Angus beef, bacon burgers arrive to tables dressed in applewood-smoked bacon and melted blue cheese ($11.99), and the fish 'n' chips' lightly battered and fried haddock accessorizes plates with coleslaw and hand-cut fries ($13.99). Forks and knives get into the action with entrees such as the marinated steak tips, featuring 12 ounces of tender meat served with a duo of sides ($15.99). To cap off dining adventures or hour-long staring contests, diners can dive spoons into warm apple crisp ($7.99) or head to the outdoor patio during summer months for a heaping of warm air. Though this Groupon is not valid for alcohol, Battery Park Bar & Lounge carries an extensive selection of scotches, domestic beers, and locally made craft beers.