What You'll Get
Passing things can be one of mankind's most enjoyable experiences, be it blame, college entrance exams, or—for a brief period in 1983—dutchies. Today's deal gives you the joy of passing plates: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary Spanish tapas and drinks at Poco Restaurant in East Village. Tables of four or more can combine two Groupons, so mislead at least three Craigslist missed connections to get the most out of today's deal.
Poco's lead chef, Abe Lopez, who was awarded the top prize on The Food Network's Chopped, has devised the restaurant's entire menu of tapas treats. Tapas are small plates designed for snacking and sharing over drinks and good company. Though most tapa dishes involve rich, buttery, and spicy flavors, the small plates and variety allow gourmands to indulge without feeling bloated or overfull. Order up a few different meat, sea, and vegetarian tapas to kick off the night's hand-offs. The grilled dates stuffed with blue cheese and almonds and wrapped in Serrano ham ($10.50) are a sweet start to any meal. Fan favorite lobster mac 'n' cheese ($12.95) pairs perfectly with the crispy calamari in honey chipotle aioli ($9) or the vegetarian-friendly truffled wild mushroom tosta ($9). If you're feeling adventurous, indulge in something that by all logic should not work but somehow does—skirt steak and manchego cheese lollipops dipped in sweet onion jam and cilantro pesto ($11.95).
When intense feasting hinders one's wordflow, add zip to a lulling conversation with a few specialty cocktails ($11) such as the ginger mojito, mango cinnamon margarita, or watermelon basil martini. Tapa traditionalists, on the other hand, can toast their table with a pitcher of delicious sangria ($35). Today's Groupon to Poco lets you nibble, savor, and talk until you're full of conversation-starting food, flavor-amplifying drinks, and intoxicating discourse.
Not good toward prixe fixe specials.
- …a bright new spot in Manhattan’s East Village with the best Tapas ever plus other small dishes. The menu offers a taste of everything and accommodates every food preference, meat eaters and vegans alike. – NYC.com
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jan 22, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table, 2 for tables of 4 or more. Not valid with other offers or for prix fixe menus. Reservations recommended. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
Chef Walter Hinds weaves Spanish influences into the menu at Poco. Selections are based largely on tapas-style small plates such as skirt steak with chimichurri and pickled avocado, tuna tartar with pickled jalapeño, and chicken paella croquettes. Some also conjure hints of South American, Colombian, and Vietnamese inspiration, or call to mind American classics with selections such as pan-roast cod and mac n' cheese. The cocktail menu, which was hand-selected by Poco owner Sara Grizzle, offers drinks laden with fresh, all-natural purées, which infuse the popular blood orange mango mojito. Outside, an open-front façade draws guests in, where smooth, sultry music and a candle-lit lounge set an ideal mood for dates or trying to empathize with elders who grew up without chandeliers.