Bistros are remarkable in that they somehow manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like a necktie with Taz on it. Feel gussied up without too much fuss with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian fusion cuisine and drinks at The 808 Bistro in Scarsdale.
Culinary Institute of America–trained chef Salvatore Cucullo Jr. and his staff of gourmet gurus marry classic Italian flavors and modern techniques in a menu brimming with fresh seafood and pastas. Wine and specialty cocktails set an elegant tone for dinnertime, which begins with appetizers such as baked mac 'n' cheese with lobster, shrimp, and truffle oil ($12) or a platter of shucked oysters with little-neck clams (market price). Main courses include pistachio-crusted halibut with sauteed spinach tangerine buerre blanc ($28), and Nana's gnocchi with pomodoro sauce. The scrumptious lunch menu includes a veal parmigiana sandwich ($11), crispy or grilled calamari with mixed greens and tomato tapenade ($12), and passion-fruit-glazed shrimp with coconut-strawberry salad ($14).