Much thought goes into decorating restaurants, mainly because humans are unable to open their mouths and eat without jaw-dropping visual stimuli. Dine amid creative décor with today’s Groupon to Park 52 in Hyde Park. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of contemporary American fare for lunch, valid Monday–Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- For $30, you get $60 worth of contemporary American fare for dinner, valid Monday–Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.<p>
Garnering attention from ABC 7, FOX, and WGN, Park 52 cradles diners in an eclectic, upscale atmosphere where chefs churn out American bistro fare for lunch and dinner. Afternoon eaters can gift palates with the hearty taste of smoked beef brisket ($13), slathered in Park 52’s signature sauce, or vegan tacos ($10) brimming with a colorful mosaic of comestibles such as summer squash and peppers. Blue- and parmesan-cheese grits create a shield around a dinner entree of new york strip Samurai steak ($28), whereas platters of blackened catfish ($22) come with crawfish ragout and creamed corn artfully plated to recreate Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. Park 52 rounds out its collection of cuisines with a wine list packed full of red and white delicacies.
A sexy lounge vibe highlighted by rich fabrics, wrought-iron accents, the occasional palm frond, and oversized lighting fixtures excites diners as they nestle inside Park 52’s spacious dining room, in which white-clothed tables and red, vinyl booths dance across a wooden floor. Gold-framed artwork dangles from green-schemed walls as a lengthy bar, offset to the side of the restaurant, houses glowing glass shelves lined with bottles of liquor. The open exhibition kitchen and special chef’s table let diners keep eyes on the careful preparation of their meal and engage the sous chef in staring contests.
The chefs at Park 52 adorn plates with upscale American cuisine that includes house-smoked ribs and pan-seared seafood. An open-exhibition kitchen grants diners firsthand glances at the cooks' culinary skills and onion-juggling contests. Scores of wines from around the world slake thirst by the glass or bottle, and bell-shaped overhead lights build a soothing ambiance in the dining area, which is accented with draping red curtains.