You can tell a lot about a restaurant by reading its menu, just like you can tell a lot about a writer by reading their bar tab. Read between the delicious lines with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale gastropub fare and drinks at Butterfield 8 in Stamford.
The contemporary wood-paneled elegance of Butterfield 8's U-shaped leather booths and lamp-lit dining room complements the menu of urban American gastropub fare. Quash your hunger with the chipotle brisket nachos, bulging beneath the tasteful weight of pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, and chipotle pulled chicken ($12). Buttery mashed potatoes and crispy onions adorn the sauce-drizzled peppercorn skirt steak ($20), and the memphis pulled-pork sliders ($12) satiate mouths with bite-size morsels of flavor. Spread out in the spacious booths and imbibe the alchemical concoctions of specialty cocktails ($10) such as a dirty bleu martini, an ocean of Belvedere vodka bobbing with buoys of blue-cheese-stuffed olives, a drink as elegant as a chandelier in fur coat. Finish the feast with the chocolate-chip-cookie-dough smash, an iron skillet filled with half-baked cookie oozing beneath ice cream and chocolate sauce ($8).
The beverage-packed bar welcomes diners in the front section of Butterfield 8, where a roster of wines, craft beers, and avant-garde cocktails wait to grace glasses. Plasma TVs broadcast big games and live music occasionally entertains weekenders, prompting them to dance, strut, or hopscotch their way across the nightclub in the rear of the restaurant.