What You'll Get
Bistros are remarkable in that they somehow manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of French-American-fusion dinner cuisine and drinks at Epernay Bistro in Bridgeport.
French-American cuisine and sumptuous wines make their home in Epernay Bistro's casual fine-dining atmosphere. Chef and owner Peter Wroe forages for the freshest produce from local growers and irate farmers' carrot patches to craft a dinner menu that highlights seasonal ingredients. Inventive evening entrees include the provence-lamb stew over herbed noodles ($20) and a seared-sea-scallop chowder that marries onions, carrots, and celery with red potato and bacon ($23). Meanwhile, the house-made country pâté with dijon and cornichon represents the more traditional end of the fusion spectrum ($10).
Exposed brick and saffron walls describe a sunny space dappled with colorful throw pillows, vibrant mosaic motifs, and smile-prone servers. Wine racks above the bar embody an eclectic list of meal-accenting varietals such as the citrus-tinged Felsner gruner veltliner from Austria ($8/glass) and the Rhône-style Zero Manipulation ($10/glass). After 9:30 p.m., the restaurant takes on a lounge ambience fueled by a classy late-night menu and alternate Thursday jazz jams, in which players perform jazz-fusion renditions of favorite menu items.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 25, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Limit 1 per table. Reservation required. Valid for alcohol. Must purchase 1 food item. Valid for dinner only. Not valid for happy hour. Not valid with other offers. Tax and gratuity not included. No cash back. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.