- $25 for $50 worth of Italian-Asian fusion food at dinner
Meridian Kitchen’s menu includes a peppercorn-encrusted skirt steak ($29), the Meridian burger with brie and onions ($15), and a Celestial sushi roll with Cajun shrimp and honey-wasabi aioli ($17).
The Groupon for dinner is valid Monday–Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday for seatings between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Set inside a small, charming brick building, Meridian Kitchen serves Asian and Italian fusion cuisine under the guidance of its chef, Gary Lanza. Lanza was introduced to the kitchen at a young age, when he stood on milk crates to fry calamari at his family's Italian restaurant in Greenvale.
His talents create an eclectic spread of dishes that include elaborate sushi rolls, pastas, and pizzas. Small sushi-bar plates, such as a spicy blackened-tuna taco, can preface peppercorn-encrusted skirt steaks or burgers laden with double-crème brie and sautéed onions.
Inside the 40-seat dining room, conversations bubble beneath circular chandeliers inlaid with faux candles that cast romantic soft light upon tables and food. Tall palms sprout at either end of the sushi bar, where patrons perch on high stools while watching the chefs perform their magic, pulling fish out of hats. For those who can't stay, Meridian to Go next door serves up entrees, paninis, and salads to be eaten elsewhere.