Dining out is a nice reward after a long and tiresome workweek, as well as a great way to forget about the clown who's sleeping on your couch. Enjoy an epicurean escape with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of exotic cuisine, cocktails, and more at Tantra Restaurant & Lounge.
Mouths rack up frequent flyer miles at Tantra Restaurant & Lounge, where they're invited to explore diverse international flavors originally accessed by way of the Silk Road. A maiden voyage on a smoked salmon roll with basil, mint, cilantro, spinach, arugula, and galangal emulsion galvanizes taste-bud crews for pan-hemispheric flavor paradises ahead ($7). Main courses range from the land-lubbing grilled ostrich fillet in madeira jus ($32) to the seafaring chili-seared tuna with mango relish ($24). Hardy appetites can hike the tasty topography of the pomegranate-braised boneless beef short rib ($23), navigating through foothills of potato-encrusted basmati rice and using tasty braised greens to add color to tourist photos in front of Sasquatch.
Tantra's inspired drink list includes cocktails, wines, and bubbly champagne-based blends, each a proven way to enhance its drinker's wittiness while maintaining its astrology sign. Laced with sensual aromas and illuminated by chic chandeliers and glowing wall sconces, the lounge-like dining temple enlightens eyeballs with Zen sculptures, sleek furnishings, rich red accents, and flickering tabletop candles.
Chandeliers illuminate red, tufted booths and draped walls replete with golden Buddhas, Middle Eastern art, and woven-wood panels. Such touches earned Tantra an "Extraordinary-to-Perfection" decor rating from Zagat and OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Award for romantic restaurant. The eatery also received high praise for its service and food. Drawing from his training at the Culinary Institute of America, chef Dwyer caramelizes scallops in a basil rub, grills ostrich filets, and stuffs pork tenderloins with quince and fennel, using these distinctive combinations to bring out unexpected flavors and baffle blindfolded taste testers. On the first Tuesday of every month, these dishes couple with tango dancing to add an extra layer of romance and spontaneity to dinner dates.