Earth Day New York celebrates its eponymous day by sponsoring annual Earth Day events to raise support and awareness about the challenges that the planet faces. However, the organization extends its efforts year-round by partnering with schools, community organizations, and businesses to promote environmental awareness year-round, through ongoing programs such as a regular summit of student leaders in environmental-protection efforts, and a program that establishes indoor organic produce gardens in local classrooms.
"If beer defines brasserie," The New York Times said, "Brabant Belgian Brasserie [...] is right on target." The publication lauded the restaurant's 60-beer list, and was impressed by their dedication to acquiring the uniquely appropriate glass for each brew. Those unschooled in the extensive selection won't feel lost, though, as the list includes a brief description of each of the Belgian brews. It begins with brands that are likely familiar, including Stella Artois and La Chouffe, but quickly darts down the rabbit hole toward more obscure Trappist ales and specialty beers, including St. Bernardus Prior, an ale described as having a "nutty maltiness with a sweet-sour finish."
Chef-owner Armand Vanderstigchel once told The Wall Street Journal that, in the spirit of gezellig—a Belgian-Dutch phrase that implies unending hospitality—that they "never rush anybody out." The food menu and the super-glue covered chairs almost certainly play into guests' willingness to hang around, as it is rooted in indulgent European dishes sometimes adorned with unexpected ingredients. At brunch, bellinis and screwdrivers accompany plates of Flemish benedicts with smoked duck and beer-braised short-rib stew. The succinct dinner menu is, of course, Belgian-centric, featuring entrees such as vol-au-vent, a chicken stew with bacon and pearl onions in a puff pastry.
Partially demolished and built anew to look old, The Gutter couples its eight gleaming wood lanes with a vintage Brunswick scoring system, ensuring that you'll get both a thumb workout and a healthy dose of mathercise. Beyond the nostalgia, there's substance, too: the facilities operate on 100% wind power, which means bowlers are more than welcome to contribute to the lighting bill by making airy boasts after rolling a strike. While you can certainly top off your pitcher with the finest Natural Light, there are plenty of craft beers flowing as well.
While winter is the best time to engage in "Internetainments" such as solitaire, lonelitaire, and playing charades with your mirror, today's deal will get you back out into the physical world for a little human interaction. For $27, you get one ticket to see the Atlantic Theater Company's production of Ages of the Moon at the Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea (a $65 value). You can use your Groupon to see any performance during the show's run (January 12 to March 7, 2010), so long as there are tickets available. Check out the theater's calendar of show dates and times here.