Taste buds can easily turn into viciously passive-aggressive taste frenemies without proper attention. Keep your tongue from gossiping behind your back with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American bistro fare and drinks at Bistro Ten 18 on the Upper West Side. This Groupon can be used on Valentine's Day.
With a wine list that has earned Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, the sunlit bistro sates culinary connoisseurs and fledgling foodies alike with a multifarious menu made from farmers' market ingredients. An array of gourmet cheeses and dried meats ($12.50 for three) starts a meal off with more originality than having it begin on a dark and stormy night, and seafood savants can savor a warm bowl of lobster bisque ($13.50). A rich olive tapenade, braised fennel, and yellow onion blanket the New England cod poached in olive oil ($20), and fresh ricotta brings together awkwardly estranged food groups in the spinach pasta and pork sausage ragout ($15.50/$19.50). Finally, like the feared millennium computer bug of 1900, savory meal sagas will be but a distant memory with a taste of the sweet-potato pecan tart, laced with chantilly cream and drenched in cider-bourbon sauce ($9).
The mood lighting and dark wood of the polished tables make Bistro Ten 18 a romantic date spot, but its charming outdoor seating also gives it an airy atmosphere for Saturday or Sunday brunch. Alfresco epicureans can start spring on a sweet note of banana-ricotta pancakes ($12) or a savory orchestra hit of wild-mushroom omelettes ($11), all chased by a mimosa ($8.50) or unseen nightmare creature. In addition to a vast wine menu, Bistro Ten 18 proffers domestic and imported beers plus martinis, specialty espresso drinks, and an array of dessert wines.
- With low lights and plenty of dark wooden tables, the atmosphere of the bistro feels cozy and inviting—not surprising, given the nine-year run it’s had so far. But even an old dog can learn new tricks. With a new, forward-thinking menu, Bistro Ten 18 has proven it can move into the future with grace, ease and good taste. – Linnea Covington, West Side Spirit
- Salads stand out, so does seafood. Appetizers are great, entrees are delicious. – John S., Yelp, 12/18/2010
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.
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1018 Amsterdam Ave.
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