Culinary fusion helps chefs reconcile disparate ingredients, and jazz fusion helps bandleaders rein in aimlessly soloing trumpeters. Dig on moderation with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of innovative French-American cuisine at The Ferry House in Princeton.
Chef Bobby Trigg and his team of culinary savants unite French and American flavors to form a menu that has garnered praise from the New York Times. Diners can sip beverages from home alongside appetizers such as the chipotle-crab-and-wild-mushroom tortilla ($13)—adorned with black-bean salsa and avocado before being deprived of its umbrella and caught in a chipotle drizzle. The menu's mushroom and salad section woos taste buds with bold moves, such as pairing roasted portobello bisque with sumptuous goat cheese and fried leeks ($8). Seafood and meat entrees negotiate twists on classic dishes, performing feats of diplomacy between international flavors as in the grilled breast of duck in chipotle-brandy reduction ($28), served with duck confit risotto and a silken kerchief from the maharaja of Lemuria. Chefs roast the baby rack of New Zealand lamb in a mustard-basil crust alongside pineapple slices ($31), served with spiced yam and red-pepper-infused demi-glace.