raise a glass to our roundup of new york city's best happy hour spots
July 25, 2012  |   column: DELIBERATE POLISH


you know us, we can’t resist a good cocktail. and there’s no better way to end the workday (especially when its’ 84 degrees & sunny!) than kicking back with light bites and wallet-friendly drink deals at our favorite happy hour spots in the city. here’s where you can find us between those blissful hours after work and before dinner, enjoying dollar oysters, two-for-one bubbly or a fresh slice of free pizza… cheers!


*best buck oysters (washed down with a crisp glass of white)

the mermaid inn

79 macdougal street, greenwich village

happy hour: 5:30pm to 7:00pm

enjoy: $1 oysters and little neck clams, $3 fish tacos, $6 wine and $7 cocktails, including the dark & stormy and their signature mermaid mary.


*best burgers & beer, with a gourmet twist

burger & barrel

25 west houston, soho

happy hour: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

enjoy: $5 beer & wine and $7 gourmet goodies, such as mini filet mignon sandwiches, bacon bison sliders and chicken lollipops.


*best for a glass (or three) of bubbly

flute champagne bar

40 east 20th street, gramercy

happy hour: tuesdays from 4:00pm to 8:00pm

enjoy: two-for-one specials on all champagne, from veuve clicquot to dom perignon and all kinds of bubbly in between.


*best sake & little japanese plates

gyu kaku

34 cooper square, east village

happy hour: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

enjoy: half-off all bottles of sake (we recommend the wakatake onikoroshi ‘demon slayer’ sake), light bites from $3 and up to half-off grilled goodies, including creme de la creme cuts of chateubriand.


*best mexican food fix

tacombi at fonda nolita

267 elizabeth street, nolita

happy hour: 3:00pm to 6:00pm

enjoy: $4 cervezas and two-buck tacos, including our favorite beef picadillo and pollo con salsa verde. be sure to try their grilled mexican street corn (topped with chipotle mayo and a splash of lime) for a mere $2.75.


*best for fresh pizza + a bottle of red

tappo thin crust

49 west 24th street, flatiron

happy hour: 3:00pm to 6:30pm

enjoy: a free plain pizza (our favorite!) with any bottle of vino. when it’s sunny out, we love to park outside on their wooden tables and people-watch.


*best (all-you-can-eat) fried chicken

third floor cafe

315 fifth avenue, koreatown

happy hour: tuesdays from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

enjoy: for a mere $18, treat yourself to all-you-can-eat korean fried chicken plus all-you-can-drink beer & wine. bonus: enjoy shots of their signature cocktails, on the house!


*best for a sweet treat


705 ninth avenue, midtown west

happy hour: 5:00pm to 8:00pm

enjoy: the perfect complement to kyotofu’s famous cupcakes and other darling desserts? two-for-one umami martinis, pomegranate mojitos and other specialty cocktails.

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