Contrary to the prevailing stereotype, American food boasts far more than just ballpark hot dogs, Grandma's apple pie, and cowboy boots filled with chili. Dig into underappreciated classics with today's Groupon: for $5, you get $15 worth of New American fare and nonalcoholic beverages at Tenth Rail.
Five-star chef Andrew Gold helms Tenth Rail, an eatery specializing in gourmet bites from the Stars and Stripes. Prep patriotic palates with goat-cheese and ricotta fritters, accompanied by chestnut honey for dipping and sequins for bedazzling ($10), or conquer hunger healthfully with the pan-charred calamari salad, a lollapalooza of sautéed calamari, dried cranberries, pine nuts, and baby arugula ($10). Slow-cooked brisket flanks celeriac and baby carrots ($14), and a survey of sides, such as crispy brussels sprouts ($7) and vanilla-scented sweet mashed potato ($7), round out the meal. Slug back a cappuccino ($4) or one of more than 16 beers on tap (alcohol not included in today's Groupon), or tickle entertainment bones with nightly live music and 10 flat-screen TVs broadcasting sports and celebrity chess showdowns.
Red lighting seeps out from beneath Tenth Rail's polished marble bar as green neon scales the brick walls, giving this trendy spot an eye-catching color palette and a continual confusion as to when Christmas is. Plush leather booths host patrons as they cast glances skyward at the 10 flat-screen TVs that ring the bar broadcasting sporting events. A menu of shareable bites and hearty entrees arrives at tables backed by live entertainment from DJs, bands, and traveling bards. To wash down meals, 16 taps pour brews from Blue Moon, Dogfish Head, and Yuengling, and wine bottles peek out from wall-mounted cubbies.