Best Upscale Happy Hours in NYC

Swanky scenes with weekday deals
April 6, 2017
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by Zagat Staff

They may not be dive bars - in fact, they're far from it - but these NYC restaurants offer some pretty solid happy hour deals. Stop in for a drink and a bite at a bar, then stay for an elegant dinner.

The John Dory Oyster Bar
NoMad · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.7

“A must for oyster lovers” , this “boisterous” seafood spot rolls out “fabulous” bivalves and “tasty” small plates in a bright, “hip” space in the NoMad’s happening Ace Hotel; yes, it can be a “splurge” , but fans affirm it’s always a “treat.”
Maialino
Italian · Gramercy Park · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

“Danny Meyer does things right, as usual” at this “love song to Rome” overlooking Gramercy Park, where “sublime” farm-to-table Italian fare and “stellar wines” come in “delightful” , “buzzing” digs via a “welcoming” pro staff; scoring a reservation can be “challenging” (though the “bustling” front bar welcomes “drop-ins” ), and while prices run “high” , at least “the tip is included.”
Rye
Williamsburg · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

This “seemingly traditional” Williamsburg American offers up “quiet luxury” via “reliably delicious” cooking washed down with “spectacular cocktails” mixed at a vintage bar; augmenting the “comfy, romantic” vibe is an oak-paneled cellar (Bar Below Rye) and one of the “best happy hours” around.
Atrium DUMBO
French · DUMBO · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

An “airy, modernist-rustic” space and “locavore” fare “with flair” have locals declaring this “très chic” French-influenced New American “so completely Dumbo” , especially with its “lively” downstairs bar and outdoor seating; despite “hit or miss” results and somewhat “high” prices, fans like that it’s “blessedly close” to St. Ann’s Warehouse.
The Clam
Seafood · West Village · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

Yep, you’ll find “all things clam” ( “pizza, sliders, chowder” ) at this “charming” West Village seafood spot where “interesting” preparations elevate classic dishes to “excellent” levels; “welcoming” staffers and a “grown-up” atmosphere make it a “slam dunk” for both a “hot date” or dinner with “your parents.”
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Brunch · Little Italy · $$$

The folks behind the Lower East Side's Experimental Cocktail Club have brought another Paris-based wine bar to NYC, this time in Little Italy, where they're offering an extensive, French-heavy wine list paired with French-Mediterranean small plates.The super-chic space features rough wood, dark leather, marble tables and brass fixtures.