Steak is useful for exercising incisors, muffling trumpets, and reducing swelling from black eyes caused by trying to eat steak with one's eye. Put steak to its prototypical use with today's Groupon for steak and seafood at The Temperance House in Newtown. Choose between two options:
- For $35, you get a prix fixe dinner for two (up to a $72 value). Click here for an overview of the meal.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch fare.
Behind The Temperance House's aged brick façade, a medley of traditional steak and seafood dishes share a historic space occupied through the years by taverns, ice cream bars, and inns dating back to the 1770's. The prix fixe dinner for two tours taste buds through the extensive dinner menu, commencing with a choice of either one appetizer—such as the black-Angus filet crostini—or two salads, including the classic caesar or the sycamore, which brims with baby arugula, blue cheese, and portabella mushrooms. The entrées, like mermaids or unicycling dolphins, blend the best of land and sea, with specialties that include pan-seared sea scallops and shrimp, with signature steak dishes such as a 12-ounce black Angus New York strip steak or a blackened bison rib eye.
The lunch menu greets midday diners with starters such as cheesesteak spring rolls ($8), or sweet-potato fries drizzled in maple syrup dispensed from a tableside tree ($4.75). Divvy up one of the tavern pizzas ($11+), or jealously guard a burger ($8+) or sandwich, such as the hummus and grilled-vegetable wrap ($8). The grilled ahi-tuna wrap is a delectable gala populated by mixed greens, roasted red peppers, and sashimi tuna grilled medium rare and robed in a sesame-ginger tuxedo ($11).
The Temperance House's dining room nods to the building's rich history with a stone fireplace and colorful murals depicting colonial Americans struggling to eat before Benjamin Franklin invented knives, forks, and spoons. Each of the intimate tables is flanked by wooden chairs and adorned with a white tablecloth, glass stemware, and a single flickering candle.
The Temperance House
In 1772, soldier, scholar, and businessman Andrew McMinn saw the need for a way station for travelers, so he opened his home to those with coin. The building served as a base for General Francis Murray during the Revolutionary War, and has passed through the hands of generations of owners, ultimately taking on the name The Temperance House. Whatever its title or whoever its proprietors are, the location has provided a place to meet, eat, and plot against the British throughout its 200-year lifespan. The current managing couple, Carlene and Pasquale Deon, enhances the building's rustic charm with fully restored décor to preserve the historically rich interior. Their chefs craft menus that blend culinary styles from France, Asia, and Italy into an international menu of fine eats that includes everything from kimchi rolls to gnocchi with buffalo mozzarella. :m]]