Best Restaurant Happy Hours in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants with happy hours in NYC. 

BKW by Brooklyn Winery
Wine Bar · Crown Heights · $$

This Crown Heights spin-off of Brooklyn Winery serves a New American menu to accompany house vintages produced both in Williamsburg and in the micro-winery on-site. Blue tiles accent the wood and brick barroom upfront, while an airy dining room in back is brightened by a skylight.
Burger & Lobster
Seafood · Flatiron · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“It’s easy to decide what to eat” at this “no-muss-no-fuss” Flatiron American, a British import with a “simple” menu of lobster rolls, steamed lobster or burgers, “all well prepared” and a “complete steal” ; staffers are “upbeat” , and the “hangarlike” setup is perfect for large groups and happy hour.
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.”
Fonda
Mexican · Chelsea · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

These “humming” Mexican “charmers” put a “modern” spin on things using “unexpected” ingredients in the “consistently” “delicioso” dishes; thanks to “excellent margaritas” and “great happy-hour options” things can get “loud” , but in Park Slope the patio provides a respite.
Fonda
Mexican · Park Slope · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

These “humming” Mexican “charmers” put a “modern” spin on things using “unexpected” ingredients in the “consistently” “delicioso” dishes; thanks to “excellent margaritas” and “great happy-hour options” things can get “loud” , but in Park Slope the patio provides a respite.
Keens Steakhouse
Steakhouse · West 30s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

The “granddaddy of all NYC steakhouses” , this circa-1885 Midtown “temple to meat” remains “rock solid” , with “sinful” “Flintstones-size” mutton chops and other “succulent” slabs of beef in “masculine” “museum” -like surrounds with “lines upon lines” of antique pipes on the ceiling; it’s “not for the weak of wallet” , but “welcoming” service and an “endless” scotch selection are other reasons you “won't regret splurging.”
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.”
The Mermaid Inn
East Village · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Like dining “at the shore” , these New England–inspired “standbys” supply “spot-on” seafood highlighted by a most “worthy lobster roll” ; trade-offs include “high decibels” and “tight quarters” (although the expanded UWS outpost is “more comfortable” ), especially when the “unbeatable happy hour” rolls around with its “swell” oyster deals.
The Mermaid Inn
West 80s · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Like dining “at the shore” , these New England–inspired “standbys” supply “spot-on” seafood highlighted by a most “worthy lobster roll” ; trade-offs include “high decibels” and “tight quarters” (although the expanded UWS outpost is “more comfortable” ), especially when the “unbeatable happy hour” rolls around with its “swell” oyster deals.
Momofuku Nishi
Chelsea · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

An “adventurous” take on Italian staples makes for “mostly delish” dishes, including an “epic” riff on cacio e pepe, at this “hype” -generating David Chang joint; the updated Chelsea digs (swapping “tight” communal tables for leather booths and barstools) lend a relaxed feel to the sophisticated space, and despite “expensive” pricing, most agree it’s “something to try” – at least once.
Red Rooster
Harlem · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“A scene to say the least” , Marcus Samuelsson's “electric” Harlem joint provides “delicious” Southern-accented American fare and “wow” cocktails with a side of “superb” people-watching; maybe it's “expensive for the neighborhood” , but nonetheless it's typically “packed” ; P.S. there's often live music downstairs at Ginny's Supper Club.
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.