Like romance novels, dumplings fit tempting tidbits into a small but steamy package. Passionately devour cuisine with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Asian-fusion dinner fare at Lemongrass.
Lemongrass's chefs traverse the flavor maps of Japan, Thailand, and China to forge a multifarious menu of pan-Asian dishes. Mouthfuls of rare seared tuna tartare meld deliciously with accompanying avocado, pickled ginger, and mint wasabi aioli ($10), and chicken sate doused in thai curry powder and coconut milk begs to be dunked into miniature tanks of signature peanut-sate sauce ($7). The eight-ounce Hawaiian duck feeds vociferous dinnertime appetites with green-chili paste, coconut milk, fresh basil, and pineapple ($21), and classic pad thai with shrimp ensnares chopsticks in a sea of noodles, veggies, and crushed but not defeated peanuts ($9). Chefs also slice a medley of fresh sashimi morsels ($11–$12) and wrap sushi rolls inside seaweed gift bags with tubular designs such as the restaurant's namesake lemongrass roll ($13), forged with spicy tuna, fresh salmon, and barbecue eel.
Bold, earthy paintings line the canary-yellow walls of Lemongrass, but they have to contend with the vibrant spreads of sushi and pad thai that top the plates at the pan-Asian bistro. Sushi, sashimi, and nigiri options run the gamut from barbecue eel and asparagus to a specialty Manhattan roll glazed with shrimp caviar. A lighter lunch menu presents smaller portions of the dinner entrees, along with handheld options such as chicken bacon and shrimp-tempura wraps. An extensive wine menu complements the dinner and lunch menus, and the tempting dessert menu catalogs fried plantains and mango sorbet served in a mango rind.