Bistros are remarkable in that they somehow manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with this Groupon.
$12 for $25 Worth of Bistro Cuisine
The dinner menu includes chicken breast marinated in a citrusy white-wine sauce ($8–$12) and grilled lamb chops with herb couscous and a cherry gastrique ($18–$28). Lunchtime sandwiches include the BLFGT ($6)—a BLT with fried green tomatoes on toasted sourdough—and a panini ($8) stacked with gruyére cheese, ham, fresh basil, and spinach.
Thick curtains separate Bistro 109’s interior from the light and clamor of the street, allowing for the intimacy of a meal shared by flickering candlelight. The quiet dining room also contrasts with the bistro’s kitchen, where chefs glaze duck breast with Vermont maple syrup. While they craft this and other dishes from sustainable and organic ingredients, a musician stationed in the front of the restaurant taps the ivories on a baby grand piano and twirls his finger around the rims of nearby wine glasses.