Like attaching a fake mustache to a Halloween mask or cleverly changing your name from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Ben Kenobi, adding a new ingredient to something familiar can render it delightfully unrecognizable. Enjoy inventive eats with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get a contemporary American dinner for two at Trenton Social (up to a $64 total value). The dinner includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $6 value)
- One salad (up to a $12 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $14 value each)
- Two glasses of house wine (up to a $9 value each)
Exposed brick walls tower over Trenton Social’s full-service bar, where a pair of flickering flat screens glint off a menu of upscale cuisine and robust wines from around the globe. Pots of homemade thai chili ketchup envelop submerged cheesesteak egg rolls, which unite the culinary staples of Asia and America more gracefully than individually deep-fried grains of rice. House vinaigrette rains over the Cajun-style blackened salmon as it reclines on a crispy bed of spring mix, priming palates for one of five signature sandwiches, such as the grilled filet mignon sandwich, which clasps its prize in a kaiser roll with gooey cheese and roasted red peppers. Penne pasta, portobello mushrooms, snap peas, and sautéed shrimp unite under lochs of white-wine cream sauce in the shrimp carte veja. To complement flavors and keep the uvula from snoozing between bites, the full-bodied floral aromas of the house’s Venetian white wine offset an Argentinian malbec rife with violets and black cherry.
While not included with today’s Groupon, nine beers, six of them from craft breweries, flow from the bar’s foam-flecked taps beside signature cocktails prepared by an expert mixologist. Artwork by local creators rotates through Trenton Social on a monthly basis, fetching retinas as ears take in karaoke on Tuesday nights.
Trenton Social's convivial environment sprawls from its indoor lounge to its cozy outdoor patio, where dining and drinking often melds with special events. Its menu fuels guests with eats ranging from seafood and pastas to hot sandwiches and parmesan fries. Between drinks on Sundays, guests can learn to shimmy as salsa dancers teach free lessons, and monthly bike trips explore historic Trenton as tour guides expound upon relevant historical morsels, such as stories of the brutal penny-farthing gangs of old.
449 S Broad St.
Trenton, New Jersey 08611