Eastern Europe’s hearty cuisine is designed to give people the strength to withstand long winters and fights for control of the region’s scant remaining vowels. Enjoy international eats with this Groupon.
$15 for $30 Worth of Modern European and Romanian Food
The dinner menu includes mamaliga ($6), an appetizer made with soft polenta and feta cheese, and entrees such as lightly breaded pork schnitzel with spinach ($18) and sausage-stuffed chicken thigh in a rustic tomato sauce ($17).
Groups of eight or more guests can choose to have the restaurant’s complimentary limo service bring them to and from the restaurant.
Little Bucharest Bistro
A fixture in Irving Park since the 1970s, the original Little Bucharest Bistro closed in 2004—but that wasn't the end of the story. Like a pop star making a comeback, the neighborhood eatery reappeared in the mid-2000s with a new look. "I wanted to bring the signature high-energy vibe of old Little Bucharest into a new setting," owner Branko Podrumedic says on the website. To this end, his staff sets out white-clothed tables beneath the dining room's stained-glass windows, as well as hosting diners on a spacious patio during the warmer months.
But the decor wasn't the only part of the restaurant getting a makeover, Podrumedic's revamped menu also earned praise from Metromix for "blending traditional Eastern European ingredients with more modern presentations and a contemporary sensibility." To create these artistically plated entrees, chefs turn to a variety of hearty vegetables and seasoned meats, including veal and seafood. On top of the eats, year-round live entertainment fills the spacious dining room with the sounds of Persian music, guitar solos, and violinists playing the Jaws theme as diners go to take a bite.