The French have bailed Americans out of wars, statue depletion, and snail eating contests since Washington made King Louis XVI a friendship bracelet at summer camp. Honor our allies with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of French dinner fare at Les Zygomates.
After graduating cooking school in Paris and testing his skills in French brasseries, Ian Just made his way back overseas to Les Zygomates and has been providing patrons with authentic French cuisine since its opening in 1994. The dinner menu is served starting at 5:30 p.m. and kicks off tastebud tournaments with a smorgasbord of small plates, such as the savory lobster and creamed leek crepe with black truffle sauce ($14). Munch on a bowl of mollusks with parsley and garlic butter ($10), discover a new appreciation for root vegetables with a plate of roasted beets paired with aged goat cheese ($9). The main meal stage pleases palates with plates of scallops accompanied by celery root puree, haricots verts, and brown butter sauce ($28). Molars and incisors exercise their functionality by working on grilled lamb chops with fava beans, leeks, fingerling potatoes, and bordelaise ($28), while swiss chard, potato mousseline, and reduction sauce ($23) saves chicken from its reputation on the worst-dressed list.
Lift your fork full of pork on the two and four beats along with the live jazz held in Zygomates Tuesdays through Saturdays. Exposed brick and ducts combined with funky fixtures and earthy colors create warmth with edge like a cuddly velociraptor making it a versatile meeting place for groups of friends and stomach-flooping first dates. While Les Zygomates is also known for their expansive wine selection in addition to their food fight ammunition options, this deal is not valid for alcoholic beverages or use of the phrase, "Oh là là."