Because appetizers are only one small part of a full-course meal, it stands to reason that you can eat as many as you want and only fill up one small part of your stomach. Compartmentalize your consumption with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of appetizers and drinks at The Common Plea Restaurant on Ross Street. The Common Plea is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. This Groupon is valid for appetizers and drinks only, and it must be used in one visit.
Visitors to The Common Plea will find their stomachs satisfied by elegant fare in a quiet, conversation-friendly setting that complements the surrounding legal district with its courtly aura. Exquisite chandeliers cast light upon the restaurant’s green-carpeted and wood-paneled interior, the walls of which are decorated with old-fashioned paintings, including one that asks you for the Gryffindor password. At tables clothed in starched whites, guests can sample delectable appetizers such as the lunchtime zucchini frites with Caesar salad ($8) or a plate of Mediterranean-style tapas ($10) including hummus, pita bread, baba ghannouj, Greek salad, and grape leaves. At dinner, clams maison with grilled lemon ($8) glide across tongues like a citrusy hovercraft, and prosciutto-wrapped scallops ($13) tempt mouths through their seductive veil of brandy gastrique.
After a chef-selected cheese tasting with a port-wine reduction and lavash ($12), leap to the liquid conclusions of The Common Plea's lavishly long-winded wine list. Keep wits a-sparkle and conversation lubricated by upending a few bottles of fruity libations such as Sonoma Hill merlot ($34), Charles Krug chardonnay ($48), or Luisa pinot grigio ($36). The Common Plea is also known for its creative cocktails, so ask the bar's alcohol alchemists to conjure spirits into the nearest drinking cauldron. If coworkers are getting bored of the traditional weepy hour, you can pioneer the bold new concept of a "happy hour" with today's Groupon to The Common Plea Restaurant.