Like a gentle dragon or the earth itself, a falafel's rough exterior belies its inner warmth. Crunch through outer shells with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $55 worth of contemporary, Mediterranean-influenced American dinner fare at Red Oak Restaurant & Bar in Brooklyn.
Tea-light flames flickering through red glass holders gently illuminate the exposed-brick walls, ochre curtains, and plates full of contemporary American fare fashioned with a Mediterranean twist at Red Oak Restaurant & Bar. Calamari scampers out of the fryer or off of the grill and onto plates ($11), and the Red Oak Boat delivers lobster tail, scallops, shrimp, and crab noodles that bob through the dish's creamy signature sauce ($18). Crumbled blue cheese adds to marinated steak's flavor as it swings through arugula treetops ($16), and baby lamb chops luxuriate in Mediterranean sauce extracted from savory caverns under its namesake sea.
Red Oak Restaurant
Tea-light flames flickering through red glass holders gently illuminate the exposed-brick walls, ochre curtains, and plates full of contemporary American cuisine fashioned with a Mediterranean twist at Red Oak Restaurant. Servers flit about the dimly lit setting or covered patio, which sits under a red canopy surrounded by greenery and wood latticework. At tables they stop to present tapas-style hot and cold plates, which balance grilled shrimp, crisp calamari, or classic Mediterranean hummus and falafel. Chefs in the kitchen prepare substantial entrees, including kebabs threaded with lamb or kofta, as well as lamb chops fresh from the grill. Also in the kitchen, fragrant stews known as tajines simmer oxtail or beef with herbs and spices. As a post-meal treat, brass-trimmed hookahs send thanks to the chef via aromatic smoke signals.