Sharing a meal with loved ones is a way to connect, create memories, and discover which family member has been a robot all along. Refuel your clan with today's Groupon: for $19, you get $40 worth of upscale new-American cuisine at The Pine Social in New Canaan.
Lauded by New York Times for its eclectic menu, The Pine Social crafts sophisticated cuisine using organic meats, sustainable fish, and local produce. Dinner heats up with a house-made sausage appetizer ($8), served with kraut and brown mustard with which to write chewing instructions for absent-minded mandibles. A red-wine-reduction sauce cascades down slow-braised beef short ribs ($27), and four-pronged harpoons crunch through the cod entree’s sweet-pecan crust ($24). In the kitchen, chefs roast Long Island duck breast ($29) and accent the poultry with creamy polenta, broccoli rabe, and a thickened sauce of figs and red wine. Those who yearn for the comforts of forkless fare can dig in to the Social burger's 8 ounces of prime ground beef ($15) and sample some of more than 80 bottled and 12 by-the-glass wine selections. A variety of desserts and after-dinner potables puts taste buds to bed faster than a smoothie blended with the papery pulp of a Mother Goose anthology.
Chandeliers hung from high ceilings paint light across the dining room's dark-stained wood walls. Patrons can meander to the bar for a taste of tavern atmosphere or kick back on the lounge's plush seats during live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.
The Pine Social
Hailed by none other than the New York Times for eclectic dishes that combine “a homey touch with a dash of originality,” The Pine Social throws a sophisticated spin on traditional American comfort fare. Chandeliers cast a soft glow on tables situated side by side within the tavern-like restaurant and lounge, which anchors its menu on free-range meats, ocean-fresh fish, and locally sourced produce. The kitchen’s homemade sausage and slow-braised beef short ribs are not to be missed, based on their own merits as well as their shared ability to whet palates for the dessert menu’s warm apple spring rolls. Sips of aged scotch and spiked, hot apple cider thaw jaws frozen agape at the tavern’s dark-stained walls, rustic wooden accents, and plush furnishings. Light from high-definition TVs glints off the bar’s full-service spirits station, beside which guests can treat their ears to music that pours forth from live bands on Thursday and Friday nights.