What You'll Get
You deserve the best of four worlds: an upscale dining place with amazing drinks, reckless dancing, and a top-notch menu that excels at both Middle Eastern and Latin American cuisine. It just so happens that ZuZu!, at the Middle East Restaurant & Nightclub at 474 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge's Central Square, is offering a 50% discount with today's Groupon. With today's deal, pay just $20 to get $40 worth of food, great DJs and passionate dancing.
A perfect evening at ZuZu! starts off with tapas and mazza - maybe some sumac rock shrimp, or black olive pate and labenah. Then comes the main course: tender pork loin entree with vinegar-BBQ sauce, mashed potatoes and seared spinach with bacon; or the vegetable tofu tagine with seasoned vegetables and savory sauce, which received a tip of the cap from Boston Magazine: "With a group? ZuZu!'s Pu Pu Platters offer an wonderful assortment of goodies: Try the platter with grape leaves, spinach dumplings, empanadas, brik, kibbeh mishi, choice of chicken, lamb, or beef kebabs, hummus, baba ganooj, harissa and whipped garlic. (A vegetarian option is available). For dessert, it's chocolate baklava sundae with ice cream. Settle your stomach with after-dinner cordials, then wait for the dance party with ZuZu!'s great beer and extensive cocktail offerings. Mojitos and Sidecars are popular, but we prefer the Espresso Martini with Stoli Vanilla, coffee liquor and Bailey's."
ZuZu! throws some of Boston's best dance parties - from 60's night to hip hop to hair metal, with each night drawing a different crowd. The most popular nights are Fridays - an eclectic mix of funk, pop hits, and whatever else the talented DJs decide to play. On Saturdays it's Soul-le-lu-jah, with Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Aretha, and plenty of lesser-known soul gems that you'll discover while boogieing down. Music runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday to Wednesday, and 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday to Saturday.
If there's any place where all crowds love to party together, it's ZuZu!. Yelpers give it four out of five stars:
"ZuZu is particularly special because it attracts such an eclectic crowd. This isn't just hipsters or club kids or white yuppie types. Here you'll find everyone from all walks of life, with one thing in common-- they came to get DOWN." - Erica S.
"My friend and I went here to a 60's dance party night...Wonderful, groovy tunes all set in a small little bar with a top notch crowd of Boston's hottest mods. Upon arrival we sat in a tiny little booth and grubbed on such scrumptiousness as hummus, pita, lamb, etc. It was a truly glorious feast after a night of hip swinging. And the service was great! I love you Middle East and ZuZu! You complete me!" - Lynn C.
"ZuZu is the perfect place to take that special someone...to wine and dine and dance the night away. The pork chop is a perfect complete meal. The sauce is sweet and salty and goes great with the tender chop and the mashed potatoes." - Dan C.
"The atmosphere is intimate; good lighting, nice barstools, interesting artwork...awesome drinks...and quick service - I never have to wait!" - Hope R.
Many have tried - and failed - to unite the best qualities of different cultures. Disney's Epcot Center managed only to recreate international rivalries, as evidenced by the frequent food fights between Swedish meatball vendors and Norwegian lutefisk stand attendants (still bitter about a 500-year-old border dispute). The Eagles, a musical performing troupe, failed gloriously in their attempt to unite country, classic rock, adult contemporary and choreographed bald eagles during live shows. They refined the first three into a money-making machine, but the dancing birds resulted in a stage accident that gave singer Don Henley a permanent facial tick.
ZuZu! has mastered four worlds with no such setbacks. So, get your Groupon!
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 18, 2009. Amount paid never expires. Alcohol, tax, and tip not included. Expires six months from feature date. One per table. Not valid with any other offer. Max five per person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.