Area 31, db Moderne, Sustain: Bar Bites For Foodies Make A Truly Happy Hour
Cecconi's pizzetta with burrata and zucchini blossoms.
Soho Beach House
It's amazing what summertime brings. Restaurants pick up their hula hoops and spin in circles trying to attract patrons. We get great happy hour deals, new menu offerings, and a sampling of summer seasonal produce. At happy hours, high-end restaurants put their chefs to work early, turning out amazing little plates to match with half-priced cocktails.
Now, non-epicures will embrace anything from the cheapest chicken wing to most loaded potato skin, but there is a certain allure to sitting bar--side and enjoying food that does more than simply satisfy. When in search of a little proscuitto crudo and melon with your rossini, head to the bar at Cecconi's where a new "cicchetti" menu offers mini "pizzettas" ($14), a fancy grilled ham and cheese sandwich ($14) and wood-oven meatballs ($10). They have also introduced a summer garden lunch menu ($23), which includes a choice of soup or salad, grilled fish or pasta, and includes a sgroppino, which is an Italian cocktail made with limoncello and roughly translates to "little un-knotter." La bella vita!
The happy hour at Area 31 features $5 drinks specials to wash down
reasonably priced bar bites such as a "fish fry" of calamari, rock
shrimp, and white fish ($6). The great news here is that happy hour,
which usually lasts from 5 - 8 p.m., runs until 10 p.m. on Thursdays and
Fridays. Summer celebrating begins on Tuesday, when the "Raw, Rosé,
Refresh" promotion launches. This deal includes a pairing of rock
shrimp ceviche and a glass of Juvé y Camps rosé for $10. Also valid all
day on Saturdays and Sundays when the promo gets sweeter, add a pool
pass to the Epic's adjacent sundeck for only $5 more.
Sustain weighs in with fancy cocktails made with
"fruit bitters" and alcohol extracts like rosemary and black pepper. Drinks are half-off from 5 - 7:30 p.m. daily, but on Wednesdays, get classic corn-dogs,
cast iron cooked meatballs and fried chickpeas, all for $3 each. New
summer menu additions include an heirloom tomato gazpacho, a watermelon
and watercress salad, and bbq beans ($6-$12). A 3-course tasting menu on
Mondays (starting this Monday, June 20 - July 25) is tailored towards
vegetarians ($35), highlighting local fruits and veggies that peak in
db Bistro Moderne's "Lucky 7" happy hour charges exactly that
for everything on offer - cocktails (like their blackberry mojito made
with Flor De Caña Rum) wine (a French chardonnay, bordeaux, or rosé) and
various small plates. Curried duck rillette, a tomato braised chicken
and chorizo empanada, or perhaps the ceviche du jour? All can be had for
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