The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of casual American cuisine and libations at OFC Tavern.
OFC Tavern revolutionizes the neon and checkers of '50s diners with a modern menu of bar favorites and a host of themed events. Bubbles race each other up the sides of logo-emblazoned glasses, brimming with sudsy varieties of beer ($3–$5) and easily shattered bravado. Wine ($4) glitters like a queen's disco ball in the multicolored light and complements entrees such as the spicy lemon-pepper chicken ($8.95). A buttery bun hugs melted cheese and thin-sliced beef in the authentic philly sandwich ($7.95), and taste-bud-tantalizing sauces such as barbecue, garlic parmesan, or sweet and sour hold a summit atop the colossus wings ($13.95 for 20), which disdain lesser condiments such as ketchup and whiteout.
Clacking pool balls underscore OFC Tavern's rhythmic din of music and conversation, held amid the Technicolor glow of flat-screen televisions. Diffused neon light emanates from beneath the glass-block bar, which reflects off aluminum tabletops and cutlery brandished as deftly as a fencing champion's checkbook on rent day.