Like birthday cake and tight-fitting horse costumes, meals are best when shared with a friend. Enjoy some quality one-on-one time with today’s Groupon: for $60, you get an upscale American dinner for two at Tenpenny, located inside the Gotham Hotel (up to a $136 total value). The dinner includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $16 value).
- Two entrees (up to a $32 value each).
- One dessert (up to an $11 value).
- One bottle of wine (up to a $45 value).<p>
Equipped with ample praise from outlets such as the New York Times and GQ, Tenpenny dishes up a dinner menu of contemporary, upscale American cuisine within a modest, vintage-inspired ambiance. Patrons can begin with an appetizer such as winter lettuces, a forest of mizuna and iceberg leaves cradling roasted figs, pine nuts, and a snowman’s guide to gardening. An egg-yolk emulsion and sherry wine flood the organic smoked-salmon entree, adorned with bacon and artichokes, and green-cauliflower purée and cocoa bordelaise help wash down the hanger steak’s chanterelle mushrooms. A dessert, such as pumpkin pie accessorized with stewed blackberries and pineapple mousse, targets sweet teeth with the precision of a sugar-loaded fighter jet.
A scan of the diverse wine list uncovers bottles of white and red varietals, including 2008 Villa Medoro montepulciano d’abruzzo from Italy. While swirling, sipping, or juggling a glass of the grown-up juice, diners can bask in Tenpenny’s chic décor, which aims to evoke a bygone era of New York City dining. Hardwood floors fashioned from 100-year-old reclaimed barn wood lead to exposed-brick walls and custom walnut tables, where patrons post up before heading to a full stone bar. Dangling lamps intermingle with flickering candles, and a skylight at the eatery’s rear reveals vistas of Manhattan’s secret cotton-candy underbelly.