With the Holidays in full swing, visitors in droves are visiting the Big Apple. When guests arrive, it can be hard to manage expectations with a wallet friendly, yet high-end dining experience. Treating guests to some of New York City’s best restaurants can be a pricey proposition if you don’t know where to dine. Visit one of these delectable establishments to teach friends and family that happy hours do exist in New York City.
Pera (303 Madison Avenue ) Pera features numerous Mediterranean side dishes, marinated cuts of grilled meats and seafood and fresh baked regional breads. Signature mezes include Beef and Bulgur Tartare, Harissa Shrimp and Hand-Rolled Grape Leaves. Take advantage of specials available in the bar and lounge from 3:30 p.m.– 7 p.m. daily. Your choice of wine or cocktail with two mezes are just $18. Additional rounds of wine and cocktails are $9 and two additional mezes are $9 as well. Options include Warm Hummus with Lavash Chips, Smoked Eggplant with Garlic Yogurt and Soujouk (beef) lollipops. I can make a meal out of appetizers but their full dinner menu is tempting. Try the Grilled Seafood Salad ($38) with char-grilled jumbo shrimp, Spanish octopus, arugula, avocado and artichoke salad and Baby Lamb Chops ($38) dusted with Turkish paprika and sea salt, served with roasted fingerling potatoes and grilled piquillo peppers.
Docks Oyster Bar (633 3rd Avenue) Located a stones throw from Grand Central Station, in the heart of Midtown East, Docks Oyster Bar boasts a menu rich with fresh fish. Impress your friends with major happy hour seafood deals Monday through Friday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Fill your bellies with $1 Oysters and Clams, $2 Sliders and $5 Spicy Tuna Rolls, just to name a few. Beer are $5, mixed drinks $7 and wines $8. The menu features creative sushi rolls starting at $17 and simple rolls around $7. Main entrees include Shellfish Cioppino ($36) with braised greens and fennel in a black garlic saffron rouille. Docks delivers the NYC wow factor with the power midtown crowd and Lower East Side discounts. The expansive bar and tables lining the windows of Third Avenue and 40th Street further create a timeless New York City atmosphere.
Boqueria (3 locations, West 40th Street does not offer happy hour) During the week savor delicious Spanish tapas and beverages at a fraction of the price. (Flatiron Happy Hour Menu; Weekdays: 3-6:30 p.m. SOHO Happy Hour Menu; Weekdays: 3-7 p.m. UES Happy Hour Menu; Weekdays: 3:30-7 p.m.) Beers are $6, mixed drinks $8, wines $9 and the cocktail of the day is $10. Feast on $4 olives, Boquerones with Pickled white anchovies and house-made potato chips ($8). Pan con Tomate con Jamón y Manchego grilled bread rubbed with tomato, served with Serrano ham and Manchego cheese is $7. Even Churros con Chocolate are discounted to $ Paella de Mariscos ($ monkfish, squid, shrimp, clams and mussels.