Without nostalgia for the past, humans would never have invented scrapbooking, time travel, or grandparents. Get a taste of a more elegant era with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of wine, beer, and lounge fare at Mosaic Cafe & Lounge in Astoria.
The Mosaic Cafe & Lounge ensconces patrons in a refined ambience where fine wines and more than 50 different craft beers accompany artisanal-cheese platters in sampling and socializing. Gilded ceilings, antique furnishings, and handcrafted woodwork subtly enhance the flavor bouquets of a variety of wines ($7/glass, $25/bottle), which the staff can help you pair with artisanal-cheese platters ($7) using a thorough online-dating quiz. Cured-meat plates ($8) state a protein-filled counterpoint to arguments among an international delegation of beers ($5–$14/bottle, $6/draft) including Belgian Duvel and Delirium Tremens. Mosaic’s warmly-appointed lounge environment evokes a sense of nostalgia for the 1920s and '30s, comforting guests before sending them into unpredictable fits of Charleston dance moves and unstoppable orations about the New Deal.