What You'll Get
Unlike cinematic love scenes, food can be enjoyed in the company of parents without embarrassment. Dodge future moments of uneasiness with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of award-winning seasonal American dinner fare at Nicholas James Bistro, or $12 for $24 worth of lunch fare, in Merrick.
As a 2010 Diners' Choice winner on OpenTable, Nicholas James Bistro adorns its upscale menu with imaginative culinary creations in a casual yet elegant dining environment. Start by getting nautically nutty over the almond-crusted crab and lobster cake with papaya slaw and chipotle remoulade ($12), before stamping your ravenous rabbit feet for a green plate such as the pear and endive salad with crumbled goat cheese, candied pistachios, dried cranberries, and sherry dressing ($10). Rigatoni Bourbon Street, chorizo, shrimp, crawfish, vegetables, brandy, and Cajun cream sauce ($26) lets a New Orleans jazz band of scatting shellfish jive in your stomach, and organic cuisine such as whole-wheat penne with shrimp, roasted red peppers, olives, capers, basil, pomodoro sauce, and shaved romano ($25) keeps cybernetic noodle strands from infiltrating your rebel pasta base. Each dish can be matched with Nicholas James Bistro's aromatic cascade of wines, and its modern yet cozy two-level dining room hosts a soothing roster of live musicians who are always open to diners accompanying them on the spoons, wine jug, or repeatedly squeezed duck. All eager eaters must call ahead for a reservation.
Zagat reviewed the food at Nicholas James Bistro as "very good" to "excellent." Open Table reviewers give Nicholas James Bistro an average of 3.9 stars. Four Yelpers and five InsiderPagers give the restaurant a four-star average.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 6, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Not valid toward prix fixe menu. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Nicholas James Bistro
Kevin Liebov has labored in the kitchens of high-class restaurants throughout New York—from the Enoteca Toscana in Queens to Andiamo in Manhattan. In 1996, Kevin and his father, Charles, opened Nicholas James Bistro, where the chef continues to draw from years of study, experience, and experimentation to craft his inventive menu of contemporary American bistro fare. His cooking techniques eschew heavy creams and vegetables made out of frosting in favor of organic and whole-wheat ingredients.
Outside Liebov's kitchen, towering mirrors reflect the white-clothed tables of his elegant dining room. A bar stretches across the space—just as galaxies named after candy bars stretch across space—where bartenders dole out fine wines and martinis. Throughout the month, the restaurant hosts live music, featuring many local acoustic, jazz, and rock bands.