Like a tongue on a flagpole in February, fusion cuisine results from curiosity and a shortage of popsicles. Rein in restless taste buds with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of tapas and Spanish fusion cuisine at Bossa Nova.
Bossa Nova’s inventive culinary team handcrafts a menu of small plates and entrees interspersed with Spanish and Asian influences. A homemade tomato sauce spreads across the eggplant flatbread to cushion crumbles of fresh mozzarella, basil leaves, and spices flung from pepper mills ($8.95). Lightly grilled ahi tuna ($12.95) shares its cosmos with an asian salad, and ripe figs, spanish ham, and goat cheese cohabitate on crispy toast ($6.95) to create an exotic contrast between flavors and textures. Succulent morsels of shrimp and crab snuggle into spicy sushi rolls ($9.95–$12.95), and the eatery’s homemade chorizo simmers with chunks of roasted potato in a tangy, dijon-balsamic reduction ($12.95).
Diners can savor their fusion fare from sleek bar or lounge seating throughout the contemporary setting, nestled in semiprivate dining alcoves, or from a perch atop a rocking horse. Though not included in the Groupon, bartenders pour glasses of red and white wine as well as weekday happy hour specials from a central bar situated around a large metal sculpture of a raging bull.
At Bossa Nova, it’s okay to begin a meal with cupcakes. In the baked chicken cupcakes—one of many tapas plates on the menu—mashed potatoes are substituted for frosting, and there’s a garnish of sautéed zucchini. Such innovative recipes are mixed in with a number of classic ones; you can also try fried calamari, spicy tuna tartar wrapped in cucumber, and a bacon, brie, and potato sandwich. These dishes are centered on a communal dining experience, which encourages you to try whatever tapas plate your friend is eating without first pretending to have somehow misplaced your own. In addition to tapas, the kitchen serves up larger entrees such as Spanish chorizo and beef filet.
The restaurant's space is just as eclectic as the cuisine, with a circular bar covered in mosaic tiles acting as the centerpiece. Stop here to order wine and cocktails, and on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, guests head to the dance floor during DJ sets. Chandeliers and vibrant artwork surround the tables spread throughout the dining room, and there are nooks embedded into the walls if you want a more intimate setting.