The French fascination with island culture began with Napoleon's “vacation” home on Elba and ended with the fashionable yet functional inflatable beret. Bask in the innovation of French fusion with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of French-Caribbean dinner fare at A Café in the Upper West Side.
A Café's skilled chefs weave Caribbean flavors into favorite French dishes, creating an intercontinental feast of organic goodies that has earned them a four-leaf rating from Greenopia. Begin a jaunt down the menu with flavorful tastes from the baked scottish-pheasant pâtée, served with truffle oil and cognac on a brie crust ($12), or jump straight into the roast duck-leg confit, covered in jerk spices and a citrus jus reduction ($20). Herbivores and big-city rabbits can pillage garden fare such as the wild-mushroom ragout with tofu, caribbean beans, and alfalfa sprouts ($15), and those with wolf-like tendencies can munch on a free-range smoked chicken breast ($17). A Café's intimate insides are BYOB friendly and free of cork fees, letting satisfied munchers rest in their seats with a gateau au chocolat fondant ($9), a satiated smirk, and stomachs full of miniature umbrellas. Reservations are strongly encouraged on Fridays.