We’ve reviewed Yerba Buena Perry; we’ve also showcased its extraordinary dishes multiple times on our The Best Thing I Ate Last Week, but this West Village hangout has got some lethal cocktails, too. This week we feature the Cholula.
Rye in Williamsburg serves up one of the best happy hour deals in Brooklyn: a $5 double cheeseburger.
The two patties are slider-sized, medium-rare and accompanied by a smattering of pickles and endive, and a healthy coating of melted American, everything held together by a crunchy grilled bun. This is the American classic done right.
Rating: 8. Rye’s double cheeseburger is so good–and so cheap–you’ll probably want two. Happy hour at Rye is Monday through Friday, from 5:30 to 7pm.
Funky Buddha Brewery in Oakland Park, Florida crafts some of the best beer on the east coast. Fortunately, Tryst’s excellent draft list is heavy on local flavor. This Atlantic Giant Pumpkin Ale is a marriage between a Belgian strong ale and a 1,000 pound pumpkin (you read that right), roasted and donated by the Atlantic Hotel.
We’ve already featured Tryst’s delicious fish taco on our The Best Thing I Ate Last Week, but the McTryst burger ($8 during happy hour!) is no slouch.
Tryst goes for classic over complex: the patty is adorned with only a wedge of fresh, crispy lettuce, sliced tomato and onion, and Beemster gouda. But the under-toasted sesame bun was lacking any crunch, and the prime beef was slightly overcooked and underseasoned, making for more than one dry bite.
Rating: 5.5. As far as the classics go, Diner and Arthur’s Tavern still take the cake–or ketchup–but this happy hour offering is one of the best deals in Delray.
Delray Beach’s Dada is an ode to artistry in the kitchen and behind the bar. The restaurant began as a rum bar and it’s no surprise that the best drink on the extensive cocktail menu is the Cuban Cure.
Emporio is one of Nolita’s oft-shared secrets. Despite being tucked away on a mostly nondescript Mott Street, a few blocks from the tourist-trap of Little Italy, this ode to Roman cuisine is routinely packed. Emporio’s happy hour–a free-food free-for-all at the bar, coupled with $5 Peronis on draft and $5 house wines–certainly helps, but it’s the astute service, diverse atmosphere–ranging from hip to romantic depending on your vantage point–and comprehensive menu that make this trattoria really stand out.
Grade: Outstanding. The team behind Williamsburg’s Aurora has brought Manhattanites a hipper, less-expensive Maialino. Snag a seat in the front, tucked away in the rustic, wood-clad, brick-laden room, for a romantic evening. Or head to the Roman-style atrium in the back, under the morning sun or stars, for a fun group date.
Dish Tips: Charred Octopus, Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Foccaccina, Wood Roasted Beets, Meatballs, Taglierini Crab Meat Pasta, Pappardelle Ragu.
Good For: Romantic date or group dining. Emporio also serves brunch on the weekend until nearly 4 o’clock. The kitchen doesn’t stop cooking until 2 in the morning.
Rattle N Hum is a great spot if you’re looking for a small bite and to kick back a couple of beers. It’s a laid-back bar that offers pub-fare, a variety of draft beers, and free Internet. Today, we feature their Shroom Slider, which comes with an ideal amount of grilled baby portabella mushroom, Swiss cheese, red onions, and a smoky chipotle sauce that is packed with flavor.
Rattle N Hum is recommended for a quick bite, casual lunch, or happy hour. The Shroom Slider is the only vegetarian offering on the extensive list of sliders–and it doesn’t disappoint.
Winter is for brrr-bon, and Hotel Delmano’s Fogerty will make you shiver with delight. We recommend you order two and stay awhile, for Cocktail Hour.
This week, we are featuring Aurora’s Scirocco. This South-side hotspot has a romantic setting and a phenomenal bar, just in case your date isn’t up to par. The cocktail menu changes with the seasons, so head over and see what the mixologists concoct for you this evening.
Finding a fantastic cocktail in the newly-named Nomad district is like finding something healthy to eat at McDonald’s–nearly impossible. Enter Rocco, the awesome (and affable) bartender at Bread & Tulip’s on Park Avenue and the corner of 26th Street. Our pick this week comes off the menu, appropriately named “Rocco With Two C’s.” Stop in for the bar’s daily happy hour and try this–or any other $7 specialty cocktail–and an assortment of delicious wood-fired pizzas.