Unlike dining alone, eating with a partner prevents pieces of spinach from spoiling smiles and napkin bibs from sabotaging personal style. Dine on the buddy system with today's Groupon: for $27, you get a four-course bistro dinner for two at Mumbles Restaurant (up to a $68.80 total value) that includes the following:
- One appetizer to share (up to a $10.95 value)
- One garden salad to share (a $5.95 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $22.95 value each)
- One dessert to share (up to a $6 value)
A contemporary bistro, Mumbles Restaurant melds an upbeat vibe with a diverse dinner menu highlighted by fresh ingredients and inventive American dishes. Dining duos can launch feast rockets with a choice of appetizers such as pork-and-chive pot stickers ($9.50) or steamed Prince Edward Island mussels drizzled in tomato-basil broth and polka dotted with roasted garlic ($10.95). Starters are sidekicked with a garden salad ($5.95) that invites twosomes to steal away beneath lettuce leaves for a bout of fork footsie. The main course sates with more substantial servings such as the 14-ounce sirloin steak and sautéed spinach ($22.95), thin-crust margherita pizzas ($12.50), or pecan-crusted salmon with sun-dried-tomato-and-corn relish and garlic mashed potatoes ($18.50). The angel hair Celestial pasta plate paints a toothsome constellation with mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, and pignoli nuts, cast in a sky of slender noodles and light garlic-herb sauce ($14.95). A choice of desserts let diners bid adieu to dinner by smashing a pumpkin pie or bobbing in a root-beer float ($5).
Mumbles Restaurant's warm-toned, wood-filled interior is illuminated by wall sconces and candlelight, and the sidewalk terrace ratchets up romanticism by supplementing man-made light with the glow of the moon and the flicker of Martian bonfires.
To an uninitiated visitor, Mumbles Restaurant would seem to suffer from a crisis of identity. The dark-wood baseboard molding and bar, vintage posters, and candlelit dining room evoke an old-fashioned ambiance ostensibly at odds with a menu of innovative, contemporary fare. Stick around for a while, though, and these anachronistic elements will begin to blend into a harmonious experience. While candles flicker beside glasses of reserve wine in the lively dining room, chefs sprinkle fresh salmon with pecan crumbles and lay pork chops over beds of chipotle mashed potatoes. The menu also features sandwiches, pastas, thin-crust pizzas, and chef’s specials that rotate as frequently as a jet-powered ferris wheel.
179 3rd Ave.
New York, New York 10003