Bistros became popular in America after French diplomats visiting the Continental Congress insisted on dining outdoors, breaking Ben Franklin's time-saving custom of eating while sleeping in the shower. Savor an alfresco repast with today's Groupon: for $29, you get dinner for two at Bistro Ten 18 (up to a $65.75 value). The dinner includes:
- One starter or salad to share (up to a $13.75 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $26 value each)
Chefs at Bistro Ten 18 draw from local meats, seafood, and produce to dish up finely sauced fare alongside more than 100 wines. A seasonally rotating menu unites free-range, organic, and hormone-free ingredients with internationally inspired touches. As a warm-up, loosen up the tongue by having it taste the seared sea scallops with morel mushrooms or lick seven extra-large stamps. Or open proceedings with a poached egg, which lounges with out-of-town buddies Kentucky ham and Wisconsin queso. As sunset deepens over the spires and stained glass of the nearby cathedral, entrees such as Prince Edward Island mussels in white wine and shallots take center stage. Guests may also wish to try the skirt steak on for size, which prettifies grilled Angus beef with ruffles of oyster mushrooms and frills of fingerling potatoes. On Thursday nights starting at 9:30 p.m., the playful riffs of the Morningside Jazz Collective accompany diners' rhythmic bites.
Bistro Ten 18
It might be surprising to find a kids menu at an upscale bistro, but as little ones gaze at Bistro Ten 18’s stone fireplace, they can dig into mac ‘n’ cheese with gruyere and pan-roasted chicken. Meanwhile, grownup foodies from across the city mingle with neighborhood regulars as they sip wines curated from France, Austria, and the Napa Valley, and, depending on the night, live jazz drifts past the stone fireplace and onto a patio.
For the past decade, Bistro Ten 18’s chefs have paid close attention to the tastes of their community, using only fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients to create a menu of "unpretentious yet upscale offerings," as New York magazine described the bistro’s lunch and dinner options. A cheese and charcuterie selection mixes and matches Les Frères cheese from Wisconsin-based Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese with rustic salami and chorizo. Small plates of simply spiced veggies also make for a sociable start before diners erect a silverware fence around entrees such as Prince Edward Island mussels and berkshire pork chops.
Upper West Side
1018 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, New York 10025