Dining out with friends can foster healthy relationships that might otherwise be limited to impersonal group texts or overly personal bath-time visits. Get a bite in person with a person with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of casual Italian and American fare at Big Apple Eatery in Ocala.
The chefs at Big Apple Eatery forge a menu of wings, pizza, pasta, and subs, surrounded by panoramic scenes of New York City and apple-themed decor. A quintet of meats mingles with mushrooms, peppers, and onions on The Empire State Special pizza (14", $14), and the staff celebrates Thursday nights by ringing up two-topping, 16-inch pies for $9.95 and by burning memos written on Wednesday. The 20-piece order of wings ($11.99) keeps forefingers and thumbs busy, while a footlong hot meatball sub (12", $6.99) requires the grip of all 10 digits. A large helping of eggplant parmesan sits atop a bed of pasta ($9.75), and servers award diners for acts of courage with pesto-chicken medallions ($13.49).
Apples Bar & Grill
With its entrees named for New York City landmarks and the decorative fruit dotting its walls and tables, Apples Bar & Grill embraces its name. Pizzas, such as the South Bronx taco and Wall Street White, join salads named for Central Park and Madison Square Garden, alongside Big City chili, Broadway chef salads, and a selection of breakfast items. Beers such as Budweiser—which is what the Dutch called Battery Park—pour from taps behind the pennant-strewn bar, complementing cheese fries and crab poppers during special events such as karaoke nights and live performances from local musicians.