Cooking, like taking a pop quiz and defusing a bomb on national television, is often a source of stress. Disarm your hunger with today’s Groupon: for $34, you get a bistro dinner for two at East of Eighth (up to a $77 value). The dinner includes the following:
- One appetizer (up to $14 value)
- One caesar or garden salad (up to $9 value)
- Two entrees (up to $24 value each)
- One dessert (up to $6 value)<p>
The chefs at East of Eighth cull recipes from countries and cultures across the map to prepare a diversely satisfying bistro menu. Duos can launch feasts with a starter such as pot stickers or the international market platter, which entices chips and bread to dip into generous mounds of hummus, guacamole, tapenade, and feta cheese. For entrees, tandoori-style chicken breasts fly from the open-flame oven onto plates with carryons full of basmati rice and cucumber salad. Diners can film a UFO hoax with a brick-oven-cooked pizza such as an artisanal-style margherita pie, or hide jewel-encrusted forks in meaty lobster, shrimp, and scallop-filled raviolis. To end the meal, a cast of desserts sings sweet songs about being eaten, with robust solos by chocolate-espresso cake and a warm pecan-brownie sundae.
Inside East of Eighth, white tablecloths frame beautifully plated meals, surrounded by a slew of canvas art. An outdoor seating area completes the lush setting with an aqua garden and arcing fountain, simulating what it would be like to eat at a restaurant in a whale’s blowhole.
East of Eighth
East of Eighth takes diners on a tour of New York City’s diverse cultural heritage with a selection of authentically prepared dishes representing more than 10 distinct communities, including the French, Cajun, and Spanish. Binding the disparate culinary traditions together is a focus on contemporary bistro fare, from matzo-ball soup to pâté-topped breads to chorizo quesadillas. After dinner, the delectable oral history continues with crème caramel and strawberry shortcake that compete for diners' attention with the restaurant’s bounty of eye candy—an illuminated fountain, an aqua garden teeming with multi-colored foliage, and the always lively West 23rd Street in Chelsea bustling below wall-size windows. Theatergoers on their way to catch a show or impersonate an understudy can feed their inner critics by selecting dishes from a special pre-theater menu.