Eating during the day is hazardous, as midmorning bagels and afternoon meatsicles are constantly threatened by low-flying predator hawks. Take culinary cover in the protection of darkness with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of cocktails, wine, and small plates at Delia's Lounge on Third Avenue. Nestled beneath the soft lights of a cozy lounge space bedecked with hanging canopies and animal-print accents, Delia's Lounge proffers upscale drink selections and inventive cocktail fare. Martini mavens can treat a significant other or favorite subway conductor to a selection of innovative cocktails paired with a tuscany margherita pizza ($11) or perhaps follow a plate of skirt-steak sliders (3 for $12) with seductive chocolate-covered strawberries ($10). With a kitchen open late into the darkling hours and menu items available for takeout, Delia's Lounge ensures that midnight munchers and members of moon cults will find the high-caliber cuisine they require.
- At this expansive Bay Ridge gem, "lounge" is still a verb. Snuggle into one of the curvy rococo sofas, drape yourself over a velvet fainting couch, or perch on a leopard skin stool—there's not a bad seat in the house. – Andrew Yamato, New York magazine
A parade of bas-relief pastoral figures cavorts across the entryway of Delia’s Lounge, signaling both the spirit of revelry and the wealth of mesmerizing visual artifacts to be found inside. A fireplace warms a room stuffed to its plush gills with velvet sofas, leopard-print banquettes, wooden sculptures, and a giant reproduction of the Mona Lisa serenely surveying the cozy scene. Until the wee hours of the morning, the kitchen fills the small, candle-topped tables with a variety of appropriately shareable plates such as pan-seared crab-cakes, chicken quesadilla rolls, hamburger sliders, and shrimp cocktail with house-made horseradish sauce.
New York Magazine dubbed Delia’s a Critics’ Pick, averring that “you won't find tastier, or larger, cocktails in Manhattan.” Martinis range from the spare to the sweet: Hendrick's Gin bears a simple slice of cucumber, apple martinis blend liqueurs, vodka, and an apple slice garnish, and the Godiva white-chocolate martini presents vodka, cacao, and white-chocolate liqueur in a glass lined with a chocolate drizzle.