A restaurant meal is incomplete without its after-dinner mint, which cleanses the palate before patrons gnaw a subterranean tunnel home. Chew the scenery with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American fare and drinks at Grand Restaurant/Lounge in Stamford.
At Grand Restaurant/Lounge, executive chef Nick Bilello concocts a menu of adult milk shakes and upscale burgers, which showcase 7-ounce grass-fed beef, turkey, or veggie patties festooned with eclectic, gourmet toppings. The Slow & Low burger blends robiola cheese with braised short ribs and tangy barbecue sauce ($17), and the Thankful burger ($12) combines a turkey patty, cranberry sauce, and gravy into a Thanksgiving experience authentic enough to make postal carriers skip work. Pescatarians quell cravings for flavors of the deep with seared salmon basted in an asian barbecue ginger glaze ($24), and of-age patrons can sip a seasonal cocktail ($12) or Strawberry Fields milk shake blended with french strawberry ice cream and Bacardi dragonberry rum ($11). The venue's luminescent bar and dim ambiance create an atmosphere that begets carefree dancing to live DJs or the hum of an auto-tuned air conditioner.
In the evening, Grand Restaurant/Lounge caters to the foodie set, serving upscale bar food amid elegant minimalist decor. Later at night, an array of colored lights begins to glow beneath stairs, along windows, and in the eyes of visiting Terminators. DJs crank up the volume while bartenders sling cocktails below supernova-like chandeliers, but intimate clusters of armchairs provide a respite from the carnival on the dance floor. As they lounge, diners can savor dishes such as lobster ravioli or burgers topped with deviled eggs or fig-balsamic glaze.