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 to Bistro Ten 18. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get dinner for two (up to a $65.75 value), which includes:
- One starter or salad to share (up to a $13.75 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $52 value)<p>
- For $56, you get a dinner for four (up to a $131.50 value), which includes:
- Two starters or salads to share (up to a $27.50 value)
- Four entrees (up to a $104 value)<p>
Chefs at Bistro Ten 18 draw from local meats, seafood, and produce to dish up finely sauced fare alongside more than 100 wines (not included with today’s Groupon). A seasonally rotating menu unites free-range, organic, and hormone-free ingredients with internationally inspired touches. As a warm-up, guests can loosen up tongues by tasting the local seared sea scallops with morel mushrooms or licking seven extra-large stamps.
Crispy poached eggs lounge with out-of-town buddies Kentucky ham and Wisconsin queso as dining duos or quartets watch the sunset deepen over the spires and stained glass of a nearby cathedral. Entrees such as the Prince Edward Island mussels in white wine and shallots take center stage, and the skirt steak prettifies grilled Angus beef with ruffles of oyster mushrooms and frills of fingerling potatoes. On Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m., the playful riffs of the Morningside Jazz Collective accompany diners’ syncopated chewing.
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.
Manhattan, New York 10025