Unlike having bicycles, apartments, and guard dogs, having many small plates can be just as effective as one big one. Munch on multiple options with today’s Groupon to Alchemy Cafe and Bistro in Gloucester. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get a contemporary American dinner for two (up to a $96 total value), which includes:
- Two small plates (up to a $14 value each)
- Two entrees (up to a $30 value each)
- One dessert (an $8 value)
- For $75, you get a contemporary American dinner for four (up to a $192 total value), which includes:
- Four small plates (up to a $14 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $30 value each)
- Two desserts (an $8 value each)<p>
Alchemy’s chefs engineer gourmet made-from-scratch menus designed for sharing, enlisting such upscale ingredients as organic greens, chemical-free meats, and locally sourced seafood. To kick off the epicurean affair and bolster rudimentary arithmetic skills, diners divvy up small plates such as house-made ravioli, made with braised rabbit and grana-and-herb brodo, or the Alchemy arancinis—amalgamations of exotic mushrooms, sweet peas, and risotto adorned with espagnole sauce and shaved grana curls. Crispy oysters and mustard spaetzle wade through the fire-roasted cod’s sea of cinnamon brown butter, and the duck Two Ways’ roasted leg confit and ginger-coconut pan-seared breast create a poultry pairing as captivating as Daffy and Donald’s first double-headlining tour. Dessert rounds out the meal with a sweet-tooth-sating dish, such as an almond flourless chocolate torte blanketed in Earl Grey crème anglaise.
Exposed-brick walls surround Alchemy’s smattering of refurbished secondhand furniture, which mingles with curved wooden booths and oversize leather chairs. Patrons can cozy up in cleverly named nooks, such as The Cave or The Mafia Table, under which clandestine spoon exchanges can be arranged upon request. The rustic environs also host occasional live music, and staff members regularly aim to cultivate a creative hub for local artists and writers. Though not covered by today’s Groupon, Alchemy’s renowned mixologists offer an expansive showcase of unique cocktails and a hand-picked wine list to whet whistles, and knowledgeable bartenders can tailor custom concoctions based on customers’ preferences and hand shapes.
America's food has come a long way in the last few decades, and the menu at Alchemy is printed proof. Vegetarian-friendly and made with ingredients sourced from local farms, the restaurant's new American cuisine marries the flavors of an ever-shrinking globe with the familiar preparations and traditions of the United States. In the kitchen, the chefs are selective about the ingredients they use in each brunch and dinner dish. They meld these hormone- and antibiotic-free meats into entrees such as spit-roasted duck and burgers topped with bacon-tomato jam and Vermont cheddar cheese. They also work with fresh seafood, turning the latest catches from Gloucester's shores into dishes including seared scallops served alongside a mild parsnip puree. Meals unfold within the warm, inviting dining rooms, whose wooden accents pair wells with a rotating selection of artwork from local artisans.
3 Duncan St.
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930