I’m pretty sure that after the holidays you are pretty tapped out. Between buying gifts, holiday parties and New Year’s Eve festivities we all spent a pretty penny. But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well, and enjoy some time out on the town. Happy Hour is invented for just this occasion (and of course pull in the after work crowd). Lucky for us, we have some great ones here in the city, and I tried a few for you, so you can indulge a little more while you recover from your December sprees..
John Dory Oyster Bar
Hopefully you have heard from April Bloomfield, a James Beard Award winner for Best Chef NYC. Besides being responsible for one of New York’s best burgers at The Spotted Pig and previously operated out of Salvation Taco and Salvation Burger, she has created the delicious menu at this awesome spot. Happy Hour here is truly happy. Between 5 and 7 pm have a Fall Spritz for $10, a Grüner Veitlinger beer for $9, or a Sierra Nevada beer for $6. Oysters and Littleneck Clams will run you $2 a pop. Besides these great deals, also choose from their bar menu: Parker House Rolls (which are TO DIE FOR) at $7, Haddock Fritters at $14, and other low cost delicious items. You will love everything here without putting a dent in your budget.
Live downtown? Yes, you too deserve a break this January. There are soooo many restaurants on the Lower Eastside, and good ones at that. One of my favorite Happy Hours there is at Fonda, a sweet little Mexican spot on Avenue B. Happy Hour here is easy! Beer, wine, sangria, margaritas or mezcalita run between $6 and $10. The food, you ask? Everything is $9! Guacamole, Flautas de Pollo, Qiuesadillas, Nachos and other goodies will make you forget about that impending credit card bill, and just let loose. I tried several items here, and it’s all yummy!
Boqueria has several locations in Manhattan, so wherever you are, there’s a good chance that you are close to a Happy Hour that will leave you satisfied. Have a draft beer for $5, Sangria for $7, or find out what the daily drink special for $8 is. The food is deeeelicious! Happy Hour items are Patatas Bravas for $6, Pan con Tomate for $10, and then have as many lamb meatballs as you like at $1.50 per meatball. There are many more items on the Happy Hour menu, plus some of the items on the regular menu are lower priced as well. Enjoy!