The Nitty Gritty
- Valid Wednesday through Saturday
- Must be 21 or older. Sorry, kids
- Must be redeemed within 6 months
- Refunds allowed up to 24 hours after purchase
The orientation of a full-bodied wine with a tapas spread over an intimate end-of-summer date night dinner can only mean one thing: cuffing season, the pre-autumn period where one settles down with a significant other in advance of the cold months ahead, is in full effect. If you desire to get booed up for the fall and winter, pay a visit to The Cupping Room Café with your soon-to-be special someone. You’ll be spooning in no time. A cupping room is officially a tasting room for coffee. Established in 1977 as a tiny family-owned roastery in SoHo, The Cupping Room Café later expanded to become a full-fledged restaurant that’s widely known and well-respected (whisper these credentials into your date’s ear). On the roster for your romantic evening will be a bottle of wine chosen from either the red or white list of The Cupping Room's notable beverage program: Merot, Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Girigio, or Chardonnay (but red represents energy, love, and passion…just sayin’).
Live jazz music performed with the intensity of New Orleans Prohibition-era players will render the exuberant score for the night, bridging into a meal with three large tapas platters built for sharing. Also included will be a basket of fresh-baked pita that’ll have you stealing touches during the simultaneous reach for a piece. Try a sensual dish with a tropical infusion courtesy of the Tuna Tataki, a platter of seared tuna with mango and tomatoes over greens flavored with miso sauce. The Middle Eastern Platter of hummus, babaganoush, and chopped veggies is a larger plate that provides the panache of an exotic meal for two. Then there’s the fried calamari with tomato-rich peasant sauce, a salty and sweet combination of tender, traditional fare (and it doesn’t hurt that seafood is an aphrodisiac). For a happy ending, the "O" Cake's chocolate ganache layered over moist cheesecake will be a welcome additional treat for your sweetie.Within The Cupping Room Café is a chalice of sensations for you and your date to happily imbibe. Kick off cuffing season the right way with a dinner and music laden night out at The Cupping Room.