Dining etiquette requires one to use a soupspoon for gazpacho, a dessertspoon for crème brûlée, and chopsticks for fitting in when dining with walrus. Learn to harness an arsenal of utensils with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale American fare at Saffron in Glen Head.
Saffron's owner and executive chef, John Forte, channels 10 years of culinary expertise to arrange artful appetizers, crisp salads built from local produce, and aesthetically staged American entrees. Diners can unwrap the sea's gifts more gently than by wedging a crowbar into a clam by trying the lobster-ravioli starter ($12), which coats its crustacean cargo in black garlic-butter sauce and Saffron aioli drizzle. Dried cranberries, candied walnuts, and cranberry goat cheese wear slick, seasonal coats of fall-spice vinaigrette in the arugula salad ($10), and the roasted pork chops ($27) roll in a bed of root vegetables and potatoes au gratin to spread the sweet tidings of their pear-apple-huckleberry sauce. Diners can migrate forks to the free-range long island duck ($32) for savory helpings of oven-roasted breast and confit thigh flanked by dollops of sweet-potato puree and bites of roasted quince. The Saffron ice-cream bowl ($6) cradles scoops of strawberry, chocolate, cinnamon, or vanilla ice cream, all of which are house-made instead of raided from a penguin's window garden.
Along with sconces and hanging lighting, the soft-gold walls of Saffron's intimate dining room suffuse the space with a warm glow, and a glossy, wood-paneled bar syncs its style with deep-brown chairs. On the weekends, guests can forego their tongue calisthenics routines and work their jaws to live music.
70 Glen Head Rd.
Glen Head, New York 11545