Like the earth itself, crème brûlée is protected by a firm outer crust that keeps its viscous insides from overflowing and demolishing civil society. Tempt tasty fate by cracking classic French fare with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of Parisian-inspired fare at Pigalle. Today's Groupon is not valid toward prix fixe menus.
Parisian flavors inflect each bite of Pigalle's menu, abounding with dynamic appetizers and surf 'n' turf entrees that have garnered accolades from Boston's top reviewers. A trip down the à la carte menu rewards foodies with delicious tangents such as the escargot bourguignon with a ramp risotto cake served with a soft fried egg quivering in slightly intimidated delight at its unaccustomedly high-status companions ($18). Sweet-and-sour kumquats snuggle up to a crispy half duckling floating placidly amid fava bean succotash and potato puree ($38). The Angus sirloin spends the day bathing in a red wine sauce before picking up a mushroom-and-foie-gras popover for an evening out on the white-plate dance floor ($44).
Give the meal a happy ending in the form of homemade ice cream du jour ($6) or an ambiguously haunting ending with the complex vanilla bean crème brûlée dotted with blackberries and orange ($8). An air of romance meanders through Pigalle's stately dining room, weaving past dark leather booths and white-draped tables where diners relax over a leisurely meal before embarking on the vicarious emotional adventures of the Theater District just outside.