New Year's Eve is traditionally a time to reflect on days past and set goals for the future, such as losing weight, learning a new language, or becoming more eco-friendly by undergoing solar-panel implant surgery. Celebrate a bright future with today's Groupon: for $180, you get a New Year's Eve Grande Tasting Menu experience for two at Les Zygomates (a $300 value). Choose between the 5 p.m.–6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.–11 p.m. time slots; patrons should call to make a reservation for their chosen time slot upon purchasing this Groupon.
Named after the face's smiling muscles, Les Zygomates—Boston magazine’s 2010 pick for Best Restaurant in the downtown/theater district neighborhoods—serves up French cuisine in authentic bistro ambiance inspired by its Parisian homeland. A skilled team of chefs and restaurateurs inspire joie de vivre on the eve of the new year with a three-course tasting menu that begins festivities with an elegant amuse-bouche and live jazz. For the first plate, diners have their pick of four options, including escargots en croute with a garlic-and-parsley butter or steak tartare with black truffle and a quail's egg purloined from a bewildered ostrich. After the intermezzo grapefruit sorbet refreshes taste buds, main plates present merrymakers with a quartet of choices. Chefs pan-sear scallops before trimming them in a Roman-style salsify with pernod and blood-orange gastrique or stuff guinea hens with a mix including dried fruits, brioche, sweet potato, and guinea-hen nesting dolls.
Adventurous tongues end gastronomic adventures with a chosen dessert, such as brown-butter crêpes with salted caramel-pear mousse and a pecan croquant or plates loaded with a selection of local cheese. Celebrants can linger over a glass of champagne at white-draped tables backed by elegant red booths and exposed-brick walls while swapping remembrances and resolutions to teach the cat new jump-rope tricks.
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