* $100 for 4-courses for 2, including wine *
Sign me up. I quickly purchased the deal and immediately felt satisfied. And then I waited. And waited. And soon, as with all Groupons, the expiration date loomed. No need for a special occasion, an offer was expiring. I picked a Friday and tried not to eat a big lunch.
On a July Friday, this place would be packed. On a December Friday, it was empty. The room was welcoming with a roaring fireplace and just two tables of two seated next to it. "Have a Groupon?" the host asked when we arrived - I guess we weren't the only ones.
The Groupon offered some impressive choices. For the the first course there were two salads, a crab cake and a soup special. JB opted for a heaping wedge salad covered in bacon and blue cheese. My Caesar salad was standard and tiny compared to JB's. The second course was a mushroom risotto. Being mushroom averse, I inquired about a mushroom-free risotto. I was initially told that my request could not be accommodated, and then the server returned victoriously with my sans-funghi creamy and cheesy risotto. Note: JB was a fan of the mushroom version.
The third course was a no-brainer for us both among the choices - a 40 day prime aged strip steak. This was the best part of the deal. The steak was perfectly cooked and massive. It could have used a side, but we really did not need it. After JB helped me to finish mine, we still had to take some home.
Dessert offered just one choice - a salted caramel and chocolate tart with vanilla ice cream. I ate the tart and JB the ice cream.
Service was brisk, a la steakhouse style, and we did have to pay full tax and tip on the meal, so it wasn't just $100 even. While still a tremendous deal, it is, unfortunately, no longer on offer on Groupon. Furthermore, I have heard rumors this location may close (or perhaps just for the Winter season). So I will consider myself lucky that I got to eat a great meal at a great price.
Until our next Burger,
Delmonico's of Southampton
268 Elm Street