Most modern cuisine is a continuation of classic dishes, just as a computer is a slightly modified typewriter and a washing machine is a river in a box. Revel in palatable progress with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of contemporary American tapas, seafood, and steak at Ocean in Easton.
At Ocean, chefs Jason Hagan and Jacob A'Hearn array artfully sauced tapas tasting plates, as well as searing heartier surf 'n' turf fare, earning the restaurant the title of Easton Favorite from the readers of Lehigh Valley Style in 2010. Internationally inspired small plates on the menu, from yellow-fin tuna tartare dabbled with soy, ginger, and wasabi ($12) to goat cheese crowned with almonds and jacketed in phyllo ($7), compete with brawny big-brother plates with the ability to cry on command. Opt for full-size fare, such as a 10-ounce new york strip steak emblazoned with bacon and peppercorn sauce ($25) or diver scallops backstroking in a blood-orange emulsion atop a seabed of truffle risotto ($23). Much like a carousel with Bactrian camel mounts, Ocean offers numerous seating options, including an outdoor patio decked in wicker and white tablecloths and a main dining room canopied by sleek, sculpted gray waves and partitioned by semitranslucent etched glass.
The artful presentation of Ocean's tapas, seafood, and steak is matched only by the boldness of the dishes' flavors. The dinner menu is concise, but it packs a mighty culinary punch with upscale morsels such as lobster mac 'n' cheese, caramelized diver scallops, and seared duck breast. These dishes pair with signature martinis or glasses of wine, forming a partnership as natural as a no-nonsense police detective and his wisecracking billy club. The restaurant earned accolades as one of OpenTable's Top 100 American Fare Restaurants in 2013.
But Ocean doesn't just pay homage to the sea through its meals; it also reveres the big blue through its ocean-inspired décor. Downstairs, cube-shaped ottomans crowd around low tables, and outside yellow umbrellas shade tables from the sun.