Stage fright is caused by hunger, which deprives actors' tummies of the sustenance needed to recall lines, project the voice, and avoid stomach-spoken asides. Get into character with today's Groupon to Sardi's, a culinary legend in the theater district on West 44th Street. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of fine international dining for à la carte or prix fixe lunch.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of fine international dining for à la carte or prix fixe supper.
Famished theatergoers have trusted Sardi's to set the stage for a fine-dining experience for 90 years. Ensure a satiated matinee with spinach cannelloni au gratin, a french crepe stuffed with a spinach and ricotta filling ($11 for an appetizer; $21 for an entree). Healthful cravings get tucked away in a steamer basket loaded with vegetables, tofu, and organic brown rice with a soya honey-ginger dipping sauce ($19).
The dinner menu makes a perfect prologue for evening shows, conquering royal appetites with grilled 10-ounce sirloin steak, served with a horseradish-crushed Yukon potato, king-mushroom bordelaise, jumbo asparagus, and a cabernet-beef-jus reduction ($37). The late supper menu is ideal for post-thespian noshing, and it features items such as sautéed strips of chicken breast in a mild madras curry and vegetable sauce ($28.75), whose delicious flavors are sure to halt even the most excessively dramatic debates over the meaning of a post-structuralist musical.
Sardi's oversized booths and rich red walls warm up eaters for their digestive performances. The extensive cast of meals can co-star with any of 35 available wine varieties, available by the bottle ($24 and up). Diners are also welcome to apply their Groupon toward the prix fixe menus ($29.95 for lunch; $48.50 for dinner), a three-act script of appetizer, entree, and dessert. Smirk while chewing upon sight of Sardi's collection of celebrity caricatures, including the visage variations of Lucille Ball and Michael Douglas, which are not difficult to associate with the caricature of Kevin Bacon.