What You'll Get
The French have given the United States many tremendous gifts, such as the Statue of Liberty and the new Statue of Liberty, which subdued the old one after lightning made it evil. Show your appreciation for Gallic contributions with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of modern French and Mediterranean dining at Bagatelle, a contemporary French bistro in the Meatpacking District. This Groupon is valid Sunday through Wednesday, and it cannot be used for weekend brunch.
Begin your palate's island-hopping cruise of the Mediterranean by disembarking upon a cold appetizer of tartare de boeuf au couteau (steak tartare with balsamic vinegar and toast; $16, $24 for a large) or a steamy starter of gnocchi à la Parisienne (house-made gnocchi filled with black-truffle pesto and truffle-butter sauce; $16/$26). From the dinner menu, you can stuff your lobster-trap with homard rôti du Maine en cocotte—roasted Maine lobster served in a cocotte with baby artichokes and scallions ($32), or eat hearty with a true classic, filet mignon Béarnaise, with house-made pommes frites and Béarnaise sauce ($38). If your dining companion is feeling left out after watching you flirt shamelessly with your ventriloquist dummy, order the poulet fermier entier rôti et truffé pour deux and split the for-two truffled roasted chicken and country-style potatoes.
Bagatelle's elegant, chic décor matches its cuisine, with influences from the south of France, elegant wall-paneling, and a framed oil-painting of France's first mime president smoking an imaginary cigarette in a world-weary manner. The cultured, sophisticated ambience makes Bagatelle a suitable backdrop for marriage proposals, anniversary dinners, and U.N. eating contests. Call ahead to make a reservation.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 22, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 5 or more. Reservation required. Only valid Sunday through Wednesday. Must use in 1 visit. Not valid toward brunch. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.