Though meals tend to bring friends together, meals peppered with magnets can push them apart. Enjoy an attractive repast with today’s Groupon to The Atrium Cafe in the Onassis Cultural Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $26, you get a Greek lunch for two (up to a $60 total value), which includes:
- One appetizer (up to an $11 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $31 value)
Two glasses of wine (up to an $18 value)
- For $48, you get a Greek lunch for four (up to a $120 total value), which includes:
- Two appetizers (up to a $22 value)
- Four entrees (up to a $62 value)
- Four glasses of wine (up to a $36 value)
The Atrium Cafe’s eclectic menu, described as “unpretentious, home-style cuisine” by New York Magazine, pairs light European fare with authentic Greek favorites in an airy oasis nestled in the heart of Midtown. Diners can snack on an appetizer of grape leaves stuffed with rice and herbs and accompanied with yogurt for double dipping ($11), or carve a neoclassical relief into a block of feta using the sharp corners of pita and the buffing ability of olives ($6). The spanakopita’s enthusiastic spinach, feta, and dill yearn to burst through the buttery layers of their flakey puff-pastry abode and onto tongues ($12.50), while grilled seven-grain bread catches ham and cheese in a friendly embrace as mesclun greens ($15) look on with envy. Alternatively, bury forks in fuller vegetable servings such as a traditional greek salad, filled with peppers, olives, feta, and chicken ($15). Guests find beverage soulmates for their lunches in one of many house wines or nonalcoholic beverages.
The casual, upscale interior with flower adorned café tables and high-backed leather banquettes encourages unhurried meals eaten with optimal spinal alignment and bottom cushioning. Though not included in this Groupon, guests can peruse glass pastry cases filled with sweet-meal enders, though avoid tapping the glass, as unwieldy baklava may throw honey-covered walnuts at the glass in frustration.