A sophisticated meal satisfies the palate, impresses dining companions, and keeps bellies from blurting out that you used the salad fork for the entree. Savor laid-back luxury with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get 30% off French-Vietnamese fusion fare at Le Colonial, valid between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and after 9 p.m. The value of today’s Groupon varies based on the total amount you spend.
Le Colonial serves diners an elegant menu of French-Vietnamese cuisine in a stunning two-story establishment designed by noted decorator Greg Jordan. The cuisine’s appearance is equally sumptuous: a quartet of crispy duck rolls arrives nestled in a billowy bed of taro, jicama, and mint ($10), and the tom galanga's skillfully seared shrimp arrive with an entourage of sugar snap peas and onions assuring them that they’ve never looked better ($25). Traditionally prepared meat manifestos include a wok-seared filet mignon over watercress and mesclun ($25) and grilled lamb chops tastily trimmed with dill rice and pear-arugula salad ($28). A plethora of vegetarian options, such as the ca tim nuong's spicily sauced grilled eggplant ($8), are also available.
Easily awestruck guests may legally change their name to stupefaction after suppering in Le Colonial’s richly decorated dining space, modeled to evoke the tropical settings of Southeast Asia in the 1920s. Precisely placed palm trees dance up against lovely louvered shutters and rattan chairs that flank an array of widely spaced tables. Patrons gracing the second-floor lounge are treated to a sophisticated oasis, which trades the traditional watering hole and reupholstered camels for a mahogany bar and soft sofas. Though today’s Groupon is only valid from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and after 9 p.m., Le Colonial’s central Midtown location and expert wait staff make today’s offer an ideal pairing with a night at the theater (a pretheater prix fixe is available), an exhibit at the Whitney, or an evening of firefly wrangling in Strawberry Fields.