Sharing a small plate with a new acquaintance can lead to a lasting relationship, whereas biting into a small plate all by yourself can lead to lasting toothache. Round up the crew for this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Upscale Wine-Bar Cuisine
The menu includes Italian wild-mushroom bruschetta ($10) and a charcuterie board ($15), as well as Japanese pumpkin ravioli ($14) and steak gyros ($12).
The Wine Loft
Cylindrical lights cast artful shadows on golden walls while amber drapes evoke waterfalls of pure honey. Patrons just entering The Wine Loft's warm, glowing lounge find seats on a wall-length leather sofa and begin eyeing neighboring feasts of small plates. Shareable boards are scattered with Italian antipasto, charcuterie, and Mediterranean accouterments, all begging companionship from more than 40 wines by the glass. "I also have 100 wines by the bottle," the waitress says, seeing the customers scanning the bar. She drops two menus and cocktail napkins onto the black-lacquered table. Each item's description flickers against lit tea candles. Jazz music gives the room a velvety pulse. "We'll have the Japanese pumpkin ravioli and shrimp and blue-cheese pastries,” says one of the diners. “And as for all these wines, I think we'll need a few more minutes."