A romantic dinner by a roaring fire is best enjoyed in a restaurant and not around the neighbor's emblazoned wicker man. Retain your amorous appetite with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of upscale dinner and drinks at Jeffrey's Restaurant in Milford.
Jeffrey's cultivates a fine-dining atmosphere with a seasonal menu of seafood concoctions, roasted and pan-crisped meats, and pastas packed with savory vegetables. The chefs stuff house-made raviolis with mascarpone cheese and portobello mushrooms ($18), covering them in fresh pomodoro as an ode to the Mediterranean's famous sea of tomato sauce. Plates fill up with entree options such as spinach fettuccine stuffed with lobster meat and vodka cream sauce ($22) or the perfectly crisped maple-leaf duck breast, splashed with an orange-raisin Grand Marnier sauce ($28). Conclude your fine feast with a scoop of cappuccino gelato, cooling the warm lava cake ($8.50) and preventing cascades of molten chocolate from permanently preserving your face in an expression of culinary bliss.
During sunnier months, patrons can populate Jeffrey's patio, while mouths located between music-loving ears can gravitate inside for live tunes every Friday and Saturday evening. The recently remodeled edifice also boasts a lounge outfitted with a fireplace and piano where a glass of the house pinot grigio may challenge a dining partner's pinot noir (Jeffrey's label, $7.50 each) to a dance-off on discerning tongues. Reservations are required.
Homespun comfort meets upscale refinement at Jeffrey's Restaurant, which "successfully defines American bistro as well as any place I have tried in Connecticut," according to Stephanie Lyness of the New York Times. Expansive views of the surrounding marshland and the nearby Long Island Sound are just a peek just outside the eatery's windows, although the interior itself is a cozy landscape for dining with its granite-topped bar and glowing fireplace. Friday and Saturday nights give diners yet another layer to experience with live entertainment.
The food at Jeffrey's complements that goal of creating an experience that's simultaneously inviting and well executed. Beginning with a choice selection of seasonal ingredients, the chefs prepare eclectic menus that Zagat reviewers scored in the Extraordinary to Perfection category. In addition to sandwiches made with Maine lobster, the menu also features contemporary-minded entrees with European, Asian, and traditional American flavors. The sesame-crusted wild king salmon arrives on a bed of mint-infused jasmine rice and chefs introduce duck breast to its soul mate, a port wine foie gras in a dried cherry berry sauce.