Mediterranean civilizations invented many lasting concepts, developing astronomy to explain the cosmos and democracy to equally divide lamb kebabs. Split a skewer with today’s Groupon at Lafayette Grill and Bar. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get a three-course dinner for two (up to a $118 value).
- For $69, you get a three-course dinner for four (up to a $236 value).<p>
Both dinner packages include the following for each diner: - An appetizer (up to a $16 value each) - An entree (up to a $35 value each) - A dessert (up to an $8 value each)<p>
The brothers that run Lafayette Grill and Bar dish up a mouthwatering menu of Mediterranean dishes served amid elegant, auditorium-style seating and ivory columns. Guests can share first courses such as Grecian octopus or saganaki, a sharp Greek cheese coated and fried with ouzo, before a cresting tidal wave delivers a lobster tail to its companioning 10-ounce filet mignon. Other entrees include marinated lamb chops or the zucchini-and-eggplant-bedecked shrimp Santorini, while a full schedule of live jazz and Middle Eastern, Latin, and Arabic musicians keep diners from passive-aggressively pulling out boom boxes midmeal.
After sending forks soaring into entrees and the rotating selection of artwork gracing the walls, diners dive into desserts such as the galactoboureko, which mingles baked egg custard with phyllo dough and honey. On Friday nights, the gravitational pull of orbs of chocolate-covered ice cream draws belly dancers toward their concealed clusters of almonds and cherries.
Lafayette Grill & Bar
The Bakakos Brothers’ Lafayette Grill & Bar sends savory plates of authentic Mediterranean cuisine in a dining room with a grandiose cathedral ceiling and 14-foot exposed-brick walls. Monthly exhibitions showcase a rotating cast of artists, including Dennis Oppenheim and Chuck Connelly. Much as the floor of the Senate is transformed nightly into a trance-oriented nightclub, the eatery’s dining room is converted into a classic dance club on weekends, where accomplished dancers wow patrons with belly dancing and traditional Argentine tango moves.
54 Franklin St.
Manhattan, New York 10013