Zucca was founded by a trio of forlorn New York natives who longed for a taste of a thin, crispy-crusted, Staten Island–style pie. The results are presented on a menu dense with Italian delights. Starters such as crispy fried risotto and mozzarella balls ($7) and fresh bruschetta ($6.25) make satisfying meal bases for the award-winning pizzas. Pies are offered in two sizes—personal portions ($8+) or 18" discs ($13+)—and come customizable with more than 25 toppings, including bacon ($2), eggplant ($2), and roasted red peppers ($3). Specialty pies such as the expo-winning victory pie ($19 for 18" pie), a Margherita pizza with parsley sausage, mushrooms, and shaved parmesan, will tame topping negotiations, while hand-held calzones ($7–$9) and the extensive selection of popular pasta dishes ($10–$15) and entrees ($13–$21) are sure to delight.
At Varners Restaurant & Tavern, there is no shortage of things to do. The big game flickers on 30 high-definition televisions, and those seeking friendly competition can play pool, darts, or shuffleboard. The interior features exposed brick and rafters, and there's a bright patio out back, making Varners is a great spot for a bite and brews with friends. With 100 bottles and more than 30 beers on tap, the staff takes its brews seriously. Here's a sampling of the craft beers the bartenders pour from their gleaming taps:
Anchor Brewing's Anchor Steam: Hailing from San Francisco, this California common brew is handmade using the same methods Anchor—the first craft brewery in the country and one of the oldest in the world—has used since 1896.
New Belgium Brewing Company's Fat Tire: This amber ale is New Belgium's flagship brew and remains popular thanks to its precise balance of biscuit-like malt flavors and hoppy freshness.
Boulder Beer's Shake Chocolate: Colorado's first craft brewery brews this black porter, whose dark-chocolate notes are underscored by coffee flavors.
Magic Hat Brewing Company's #9: Crisp and dry, this fruity beer stands just this side of pale. Magic Hat's head brewer talked to the Groupon Guide about the inspiration for this unique brew.
J's Lounge aims to be all things for all people. The casual, laid-back space features the dim lighting and neon accents of a club-like lounge, the flat-screen televisions of a classic sports bar, and the extensive shisha collection of a hookah bar. Groups can decide to settle in for the evening and share a hookah, choosing from any of the 30 available tobacco flavors. As the slightly sweet smoke begins to drift throughout the room, guests can indulge in a round of beers or a pitcher of frozen margaritas from one of the two bars before perusing the food menu. Much like the rest of the lounge, the menu features a similarly broad focus. Beer-battered onion rings, half-pound burgers, and New York-style pizzas topped with discontinued subway tokens represent classic American fare, although the selection also features baklava and gyros stuffed with lamb that spent 18 hours slow-cooking in assorted spices. The revelry-inducing atmosphere doesn't end until as late as 3 a.m. on Friday nights, which is the evening when live DJs lure crowds out onto the lounge's dance floors.