French chefs have a flair for the dramatic that compels them to set their desserts on fire and slice their croissants with guillotines. Execute caution with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$55 for a French dinner for two on Sunday–Friday (up to $106 total value)
- Two salads (up to $13 value each)
- Two entrees (up to $29 value each)
- One dessert (up to $14 value)
- Two hot beverages (up to $4 value each)
$95 for a French dinner for four on Sunday–Friday, with four salads, four entrees, two desserts, and four hot beverages (up to $212 total value)
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Un, deux, trois. Such is the simplicity of Café Monet’s menu, whose three-part, mix-and-match structure is the brainchild of Egyptian-born chef Wes Sawi. The child of a diplomat, Sawi spent his youth traveling the world before finding his passion in food. He studied at the New York Restaurant School and trained at notable kitchens in Paris and Lyon, all of which contribute to the global touches on his predominantly French creations.
On the dinner menu, plates under the “un” and “deux” sections are served in appetizer-sized portions, while the “trois” offerings constitute full entrees. To start, a Moroccan tuile adorns mounds of crabmeat a la mango, and duck confit comes paired with wild-mushroom strudel, a creation that the New York Times hailed as “a small masterpiece of a dish.” Merlot-braised beef short ribs and an onion ring sit atop a mint-fava-bean-potato puree, and mint essence flavors rack of lamb and a Provençal–style vegetable tian. In addition to the egg dishes, sandwiches, and salads that populate the lunch menu, the cafe runs a patisserie that serves baked goods and gourmet coffee throughout the morning and afternoon.
Large canvases sporting colorful still-life paintings of fruit adorn Café Monet’s warm, neutral-colored walls, which reach down to a bare wooden floor in the cozy, 50-seat dining room. Granite tabletops separate chairs from leather banquettes, where diners sit and uncork wine they brought from home. Outside, red umbrellas shield tables as guests sip coffee and take advantage of complimentary WiFi.