A dinner partner can help you identify which fork is for salad, which is for the entree, and which is a letter opener planted to embarrass dining novices. Grab a consumption colleague and answer timeless table questions with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of New American fare at Ocean in Easton.
Deemed Easton Favorite in Lehigh Valley Style’s 2010 Decadent Dish Awards, Ocean stages fallen taste-bud revivals with a menu packed with inventive New American fare. Subtly seasoned starters such as the truffle pomme frites ($8) precede hearty entrees, which include caramelized diver scallops served with udon noodles and honshemeji mushrooms ($21). The Ocean burger supports a trio of fried egg, bacon, and blue cheese ($15), and the crispy steelhead salmon schools seafood skeptics with its subtle flavor and lessons written on the chalkboard with sticks of white asparagus ($23).
Ocean’s calmly modern interior helps nervous first daters to relax and remember not to mention their ex, their political views, or the illegally parked yacht they arrived in. Sleek, cozy seating wraps around the room and contributes to collective culinary epiphanies, and an outdoor patio offers sun-streaked feasts in warmer months.
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 captures the deep blue through its ocean-inspired décor. Downstairs, high top tavern style tables are illuminated with tea light candles for a more casual dining experience, but can also fit up to forty people for a private dining experience. A small outdoor patio under a canopy allows diners to enjoy light fare and cold cocktails al fresco.