DINING: GRANDLIFE’S GUIDE TO HAPPY HOUR SPECIALS
C’Mon, get happy! Here is a round-up of the finest, classy food-and-drink happy hour specials below 14th Street.
181 West 10th St. (Seventh Ave. S.)
Why we like it: If you’ve ever wanted to be privy to the interior of one of the city’s beautiful old townhouses — complete with stunning back garden — here’s your chance.
Details: On weekdays from 5 to 7 p.m., select wines go for $5 in the bar and den areas; foodwise, purchase two items from the bar menu (such as crab cakes or baby back ribs) and get a third free.
50 Carmine St (Bleecker and Bedford St.)
Why we like it: Zak Pelaccio’s flagship meat temple is more upscale than the currently shuttered Brooklyn original, but still maintains its gonzo sensibility (deep-fried bacon, anyone?)
Details: Fatty’s happiest hours happen late — from midnight to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Order off the bar menu or opt for the “Whole Ride,” the house burger and cheese fries paired with a beer-and-shot combo, for $19.
107 First Ave. (6th and 7th Sts.)
Why we like it: The East Village abounds in pie shops, but no other has a beer sommelier (“cicerone”) on staff, plus the occasional art exhibit, including “Pizza My Lover,” a series of pin-up pizza portraits that kicks off April 17.
Details: From 6 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, Modelo on tap runs $3, select wines are $5, and a small margherita pizza plus a Modelo goes for $12.
142 Mercer St. (Prince Street)
Why we like it: This subterranean yacht-themed restaurant-bar with porthole windows onto Prince Street would be a favorite watering hole even if it didn’t have a killer deal every weekday early evening.
Details: From 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, get $1.50 oysters on the half shell, reduced prices on bar snacks like fried calamari, and deals on cocktails, beer and wine.
305 Church St. (Walker St.)
Why we like it: The Southern Italian specialist offers not-your-average bar food in a wine-bar setting, and the dollar food deal is the best one we know.
Details: Every day from 4 to 7 p.m. select bar snacks (meatball sliders, fried chickpeas) go a for a buck, while drinks run you $4 to $7.
259 Bleecker St. (Cornelia and Jones Sts.)
Why we like it: The Roman-style pizza here may be square, but the Italian staff and Euro-leaning clientele give off a sophisticated vibe. And there’s a gorgeous back garden should you decide to stay for dinner.
Details: Get happy hour pricing on wine every day from 5 to 7 p.m. while enjoying free nibbles of pizza at the restaurant’s front counter.
58 E. 1st St. (First and Second Aves.)
Why we like it: There’s plenty on the menu to please seafood fiends, particularly at happy hour, when oysters — good ones like tiny, creamy Malpeques — are half price. Cocktails by one of our favorite mixologists, Greg Seider (Summit Bar), are another a draw.
Details: Two-for-one oysters and $6 cocktails from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.
343 Broome St. (Elizabeth St. and Bowery)
Why we like it: The low-key, tavern-like vibe here pairs nicely with 50 craft beers and the menu of creative bar snacks (corn off the cob, skillet mac ‘n cheese).
Details: Every day until 7 pm, get a juicy, nicely seasoned house burger with fries and a 20-ounce draft beer for $14.