A raw steak can reduce the swelling of a black eye just as easily as the charcoal markings of a well-cooked steak can draw it back on. Make artful use of cuisine with today’s Groupon to Cafe Royal. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get $50 worth of steak-house cuisine and drinks.
- For $50, you get $100 worth of steak-house cuisine and drinks.<p>
Located in the historical Van Antwerp skyscraper, Cafe Royal sates appetites for steak, seafood, and pasta in a sophisticated, early 20th-century atmosphere. Appetizers such as calamari ($12) and Cajun shrimp ($10) warm up stomach engines for more hearty fuel such as the grilled tuna with wasabi aioli and a ginger-soy sauce ($28) and other seafood selections. A classic 8-ounce grilled filet mignon with choron sauce or cognac-peppercorn sauce ($32) reminds steak knives why they chose not to pursue buttering careers. Diners can also opt for a pasta dish of portabella mushrooms crammed in ravioli houses that abut mountains of grilled chicken ($17) and finish the meal with a New York–style cheesecake dessert.
The expansive eatery retains some of the original structures of the drugstore constructed onsite in 1906, including stately marble columns hoisting a lofty ceiling handcrafted by Italian artisans. The mahogany woodwork behind the bar originally served as a prescription counter at the drugstore, and today, modern-day diners can sit there and sip specialty cordials phoned in by family physicians.