Eating while riding horseback was pioneered by the efficient Mongols, who also adjusted to reading, receiving haircuts, and filling out their taxes atop their four-legged mobiles. Enjoy the convenience of chairs and tables with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of dinner delight at the Gypsy Café on the South Side. This Groupon is only valid on the summer dinner menu, which means it will caravan into expiration on November 1, 2010. The café is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and opens at 4 p.m. on Sundays and 5 p.m. all other days.
Put on your wandering pants and cavort through the storefront entrance at Bingham and 14th to enter a realm of nomadic mouth meanderings and mobile delights. Start out with some sea-salt-roasted pumpkin seeds ($4) and a vegetarian Ajvar plate (roasted red pepper and eggplant blended with garlic, crushed red pepper, Hungarian paprika, olive oil, and lemon, and served with crostini and olive-feta garnish; $7). Blow your sufficiently whet whistle to signal the start of the main course with options such as the gypsy chicken (chicken breast sautéed in olive oil and braised in three-pepper and tomato sauce with Hungarian paprika over polenta, $17), or Sicilian-inspired creamy lemon-sauce pasta with tuna (imported Italian tuna, lemon-caper sauce, and linguine; $10–$15). Liberate with a liberal libation from the wine list, which changes based on whims and seasons, so ask your server for the most up-to-date incarnation.
Stop in on Thursday evenings to pair your meal with the traditional stylings of the Gypsy Strings. The Gypsy Café’s cascade of press and cavalcade of amusements entertain and enthrall, but also pack the house, so check the calendar. Call ahead and make a reservation to be double-dog sure there will be a seat with your name on it.
This Groupon is not valid for Sunday brunch.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tribune-Review, and others reviewed, featured, or mentioned Gypsy Café in past articles: > * Designed to feature the cuisines of all the countries where Gypsies roam, you will find influences that range from classic Mediterranean to Eastern European and Middle Eastern. If there is one unchanging focus, it is that all ingredients are seasonal and fresh. – Elizabeth Downer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette > * The fare at this place was, hands down, fantastic. Not your average meat and potato or pasta with red sauce kind of place, that’s for sure. The menu is full of interesting flavor combinations and geniusly crafted plates of enticing cuisine. – Molly.Boswell, Blog until Golden Brown
TripAdvisors give a four-owl-eye average, Citysearchers and Yelpers give a 3.5-star average, and 83% of Urbanspooners like it: >* Love this place. A unique and warm atmosphere. Make sure to have an rsvp and leave the kids at home. – Callie, Urbanspoon
1330 Bingham St.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203Get Directions