Dining in a restaurant means you don’t have to cook, don’t have to clean, and don’t have to face the pantry trolls who jealously guard their precious stores of graham crackers. Steer clear of household creatures with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of bistro fare at 181 Cabrini in Washington Heights.
Doubling as a wine and espresso bar, 181 Cabrini serves up scrumptious small plates and hearty entrees in a relaxed neighborhood atmosphere. The dinner menu showcases innovative twists on tapas-style fare, such as curried chicken empanadas ($7), pulled-pork sliders served with kewpie coleslaw and fast-cured cucumbers ($8), and fried brussels sprouts with chili-caramel sauce, a rare combination of green vegetables and caramel, America’s two most popular ice-cream toppings ($7). Famished feasters can satisfy stomachs with large-plate options, including french country chicken stew over rice ($14) and black pepper-crusted yellowfin tuna with sinus-tickling wasabi sauce ($17). 181 Cabrini boasts an expansive wine list, which features an international who’s who of fermented grape gulpables sold by the bottle ($28–$65) or the glass ($8–$12).
Breakfast and lunch crowds can find fare to fuel their daytime activities throughout the week, and on weekends the two factions can take a brief respite from their protracted meal-based rivalry and enjoy the common ground of 181’s brunch. For $13.95, brunch munchers can pick from rib-sticking dishes such as eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, or french toast, all of which are served with both a caffeinated imbibement and a choice of mimosa, Bloody Mary, or orange juice.
854 W 181st St.
New York, New York 10033Get Directions