Winning a competitive eating contest—similar to winning a potato-sack race—requires speed, agility, and the ability to keep all extraneous objects inside until the finish. Take a less challenging and more enjoyable approach to feasting with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary cuisine and drinks at Ludlow Bistro in Deer Park.
Five-year-old local favorite Ludlow Bistro cooks up innovative, yet simple cuisine and compliments it with modern décor and a friendly, attentive serving staff that will try to meet any request—except for those beginning with "I dare you to…" Diners can dig their claws into artfully arranged appetizers such as the lump crab cakes, whose citrus-marinated fennel and carrots jam harmoniously with chili aioli ($13). Pastas, such as the fresh buccatini, take tongues on a tour of the Tuscan countryside with a merry band of pan-seared chicken, hand-crushed plum tomatoes, and bruchetta goat cheese ($23), along with a sassy 40-year-old divorcée trying to find herself. Savor a whiskered water dweller with the Cajun seared cat fish, paired with a zesty duo of spicy coleslaw and chili cream-corn beurre blanc ($25). Carnivorous connoisseurs, meanwhile, will want to feast on finless finds such as the rib eye with herb gnocchi, caramelized peppers, and a port-wine reduction ($28) or a grilled pork chop, accompanied by braised red swiss chard, gorgonzola mashed potatoes, and caramelized peaches ($26). Oven originals are also on hand, including freshly baked breads and desserts.
Ludlow's line-up of luscious libations—including wine and specialty cocktails—gives diners a fluid foreground while they admire the bistro's deep-orange walls, purple trimmings, and surreally hued paintings of food. Owner Brian Connelly often personally attends to his guests, sharing his infectious passion for food and thumb wrestling. Each table's white tablecloths and votive candles make for a romantic tableau, so juxtapose it with a first date or increasingly impatient IRS auditor.
Valid for dine-in and dinner only.
- Ludlow Bistro earned its great word-of-mouth reputation with its pleasing and unexpectedly upscale décor, its top-notch service and its beautifully presented food. – Joanne Starkey, New York Times
- It is rare to find a restaurant in the area or anywhere that pays attention to detail in the quality of the food and service that is provided here. One visit and you will become a "regular". – RichardA5080, Zagat