This Week’s Four Best Happy Hour Specials – 4/2/2014

April, with her intermittent beautiful days interspersed with rainstorms, is such a tease. Let’s all agree to embrace the spring weather by wetting our whistle on the cheap.

Georgia’s Eastside BBQ, 192 Orchard Street

From 3 to 5 p.m., break out your inner hipster and order a $2 PBR or High Life (or get both for only four bucks). Since this is a BBQ joint, you’ll also find a $5 deal on all sandwiches, so choose from pulled pork, rib, and fried chicken, among others, for a hearty early dinner (or late lunch). And since you’ll be on the Lower East Side, you can duck out and find another drink deal in a bar nearby

The Diamond, 43 Franklin Street, Brooklyn

Shuffleboard tournaments, reggae nights, and a ton of incredibly potent beers make this Greenpoint waterfront bar worth the long walk from the subway. From 5 to 7 p.m., the bar shaves a few bucks off select beers, with many ranging in the $3 to $5 category during happy hour. See, too, the $3 wine, and take in the quirky Brooklyn decor while you wait to jump on the game table.

Mr. Dennehy’s, 63 Carmine Street

If you’re looking for a sweet deal on margaritas, head to this West Village pub immediately after work. From 4 to 8 p.m., 16-ounce glasses of the delicious beverage are $10, while wine clocks in at $6. The spacious interior has plenty of TVs where you can catch early season baseball as well as a full menu of bar food favorites for when the drunk munchies hit.

The Creek and the Cave, 10-93 Jackson Avenue, Queens

A great spot to catch live stand up comedy requires a little liquid fun for the audience, and that’s exactly what you’ll find here. From 4 to 7 p.m., bartenders mix up two-for-one margaritas for $7. If you’re hungry, you’ll also find happy hour deals on snacks like buffalo wings and fried pickles that’ll leave you with money left over for a PBR — or the Sopranos pinball machine that was recently installed.


Weekend Brunch at DiWine, Fiat Cafe, Cafe Rue Dix, and Buddakan

Whether its three or 30 inches that fall this weekend, we’re going to have to leave the house sometime, and weekend brunch is calling our name. Here are a few places that will reward you with tasty treats like pancakes for your puddle jumping skills.

DiWine, 4115 31st Avenue, Queens, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

If you’re willing to part with 11 extra dollars, an endless flow of bellinis, mimosas, and bloodies could be headed your way. This restaurant offers the bottomless deal with the purchase of a $15 prix fixe brunch, which includes coffee or juice along with an entree. The restaurant skews Italian; paninis and pizzas dominate the menu — though there are plenty of eggs in frittata form.

Fiat Cafe, 203 Mott Street, Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.

At this cash-only old-school Italian joint, cheap omelettes and egg dishes are all under $10 — the most expensive entree on the menu, poached eggs with lox on a muffin, is only $7.50. Pair your breakfast to a selection of Italian espresso and coffee drinks, and try to snag a spot by the window for prime people watching on Little Italy’s Mott Street.

Cafe Rue Dix, 1451 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.

If you’re looking for something fun and completely different, try a few kale cupcakes or a spicy chicken sandwich with Senegalese hot sauce. This French-Senegalese spot in Crown Heights offers a welcome change from the typical brunch fare, including plenty of vegetarian options. Fresh juices abound: Try the cilantro limeade. Most impressive? Fresh bread is baked daily and available to-go.

Dim Sum
Buddakan, 75 Ninth Avenue, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Celebrate the year of the horse with dim sum. For $55, guests can enjoy a special prix fixe menu replete with the restaurant’s most popular dishes — think shrimp toast and szechuan pork dumplings — while they watch lion dancers enact a traditional ceremonial dance. Look, too, for Champagne specials. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant directly, and an a la carte menu will not be offered.



A Full Roster of Super Bowl Events

The Super Bowl’s debut in the Big Apple has the city’s restaurant industry abuzz with offers. From fan friendly events to bars that have more TVs than Best Buy, there are plenty of reasons to skip the home made onion dip and head out into the wild blue yonder for the game. But before you do, here’s a useful guide for the best places to explore this coming week.

Astoria/Long Island City, Queens, Sunday
The Strand Smokehouse, 25-27 Broadway, Queens

A good party involves plenty of beer and professional cooking. This barbecue and craft beer roadhouse has taken care of that, plus it’s offering buy backs via a pre-paid card system: 50 percent added value for any card purchased (cards range from $50 to $200; purchase a $50 credit, for instance, and receive $75 worth of food and drink). Stuff your face on a menu full of turkey legs, ribs, and pulled pork; wine on tap, spicy cocktails, and beers with funny names round out the drinks list. The game will be broadcast on a large screen projector, so an early arrival is suggested to ensure you catch all of the action — or at least the Full House reunion commercial.

Central Park
Tailgate Around the 5 Boroughs, Whiskey Park, 100 Central Park South, Sunday

Five delis — including Zito’s from Brooklyn and Tino’s Deli on Arthur Avenue — will compete in a battle for best sandwich in the boroughs. Guests can choose from three heroes with a side salad for $15, and bartenders will mix up cocktails like the Pigksin, a bacon-infused bourbon with maple syrup and orange bitters. The sports friendly lounge also has a pool table and eight big screen TVs.

East Village
Bar None, 98 Third Avenue, Sunday

Darts, cheap brews, and super friendly bartenders make this East Village party pad a go-to for Saints and Vikings fans during season. But since those teams aren’t in it anymore, everyone is welcome to take advantage of the bar’s generous drink specials. Cheap Bud and Bud Light are a mainstay here. Add in plenty of cheap grub like This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef nearby.

Gowanus/Park Slope
The Bell House, 149 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn

This indie venue is mostly known for its live musical and comedy shows like Point Break Live, but come Sunday, all eyes will be on the television. This free event is breaking out the beer cheese to go with $4 Sixpoint Brews starting at 5:30 p.m. Look for complimentary chili and wings at halftime.

Hell’s Kitchen
Friday Night Lights, Hudson Hotel, 356 West 58th Street, Friday

Sometimes big events aren’t just about the game — they’re about the cool people that come out to make appearances. Hosted by Rick Ross along with DJ Khaled and featuring NFL legends Warren Sapp and NY Giant Hakeem Nicks, this Friday night party celebrates Def Jam’s 30th anniversary with an evening of dance moves fitting enough for the end zone. MICK will be on hand to pump up the crowd Richard Sherman style, while Miller Lite will dole out its latest beer offerings. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased on the party’s website.

Madison Square Garden/Chelsea
The 50 Yard Lounge, One Penn Plaza, Wednesday through Sunday

The Super Bowl is bringing some unique events to the city, and it’s also transforming a commuter’s nightmare into an armchair quarterback’s paradise. From January 29 through Sunday, February 2, a collection of NFL greats like Cris Carter and Joe Theismann will join celebrity chefs like New York’s own Marc Forgione, Michael White, and Alex Guarnaschelli for tasting events like a burger bowl. There will also be a “Jets House” fan center as well as live musical performances throughout the experience. A full line up of chefs, football personalities, and ticket information can be found on the 50 Yard Lounge’s web site.

Stella 34, 151 West 34th Street, Sunday

If you find yourself at Macy’s on Super Bowl Sunday after an all day shopping affair (perhaps you’re being forced to compromise with your better half?) head immediately to Stella 34 Trattoria and relax with some rice balls. The restaurant overlooks the Empire State Building and “Super Bowl Boulevard”, while the Italian feast for $80 provides you unlimited food and drink. Snack on pizzas, calamari, and Super Bowl team themed sandwiches all night long. Craft beer, cocktails, and plenty of vino are also available in the package, which can be reserved through the restaurant’s website.

Midtown East
The Stag’s Head, 252 East 51st Street, Wednesday and Sunday

Starting the party early is completely fine during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Head over to this craft beer cave where you’ll find a Seattle-Denver brewery showdown featuring ex-Buttermilk Channel chef Bruce Dillon grilling up Jersey Italian hot dogs. Additional tailgate treats like disco fries and mini franks in a blanket are also on the menu; they’re complimentary from 6 to 8 p.m. Representatives from both breweries will be on hand to guide tastings, flights, and discuss each beer. On Sunday, the bar will offer $2 Checker Cab Blonde mugs and half price wings as well. Reservations can be made in advance by contacting the bar directly.

Murray Hill/Kips Bay
Bottomzup Bar & Grill, 344 Third Avenue, Sunday

Let’s face it, if you’re under 25, enjoy polo shirts, and are out on Super Bowl weekend, you’re probably stumbling around this neighborhood — and not for the chicken curry. Instead of bar hopping, we suggest heading straight over to this tech savvy bar to charge up your iPhone, grab a portable radio, and watch the game on one of 45 flat screen TVs. The kitchen here specializes in regional tailgate foods like Juicy Lucy sliders and buffalo chicken empanadas, and it will be adding food and drink specials to represent Denver and Seattle. Additionally, the venue will host a raffle with prizes given out at the end of each quarter — you have the chance to win a flatscreen HDTV.

Tribeca/West Village

Celebrity Beach Bowl, Hudson River Park, Pier 40, Saturday, 10 a.m.

A little sand goes along way, especially when it’s February. Bringing together a trifecta of awesomeness — Hall of Famer Joe Montana, comedian Tracy Morgan, and model Chrissy Teigen — this free event is the epitome of an tailgater’s dream come true. The festivities include a concert by Paramore as well as a celebrity filled flag football game, with Food Network’s Andrew Zimmern hosting the halftime show.


Where to Brunch This Weekend: The Sixth Ward, Café Ghia, Tipsy Parson, Sage General Store

The final brunch weekend of 2013 is upon us, and if you need a little practice for New Year’s, may we suggest a round of mimosas? Where to brunch:

The Sixth Ward, 191 Orchard Street, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.

Order any entree and receive two hours of endless mimosas or Bloody Mary’s at this Lower East Side watering hole; options range from scrambled eggs and omelettes to wraps and burgers. Play some pool if you don’t consider endless drinking a sport — and given the prime location on Orchard Street off Houston, you might want to make a day out of partying downtown.

Café Ghia, 24 Irving Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

Though you can grab brunch here any day of the week, it’s probably more fun to share a few beers with friends on a leisurely weekend afternoon. The restaurant’s brunch entrees are all under $15, and specialties include a lumberjack stack of scrambled eggs and bacon between waffles plus several vegan options like a tempeh sandwich and a vegan scramble. Pair your breakfast to bottomless caffeine for everyone and a few twisted brunch cocktails like kimchi bloody marys.

DIY Biscuit
Tipsy Parson, 156 Ninth Avenue, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

Fans of southern-style brunches can build a biscuit at this Chelsea joint, which also offers a “biscuit bomb” brunch sandwich filled with house made sausage and cheddar. Top your buttermilk baked good with habanero jelly or bacon-herb gravy, or opt for a heartier entree like the BBQ pulled pork spoonbread or a pimento cheeseburger.

Sage General Store, 24-20 Jackson Avenue, Queens, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

If you’re jonesing for a caloric blow-out before the end of 2013, opt for the $25 three-course bacon brunch at this Long Island City general store and cafe. Bacon samplers, bacon sandwiches, and bacon brownies define the rustic setting, which also includes pizzas from a wood burning oven and a daily blue plate special.


What’s Happening This Weekend: Burmese Taste Testing, Woks and Lox, Tango Party, Uni Dinner

After a week spent traveling, eating, and drinking more than you really need to, we don’t blame you if your weekend plan consists of lying on a couch with a remote control. If you’re game to go out, though, here’s a selection of happenings around town you can squeeze in before the end of 2013.

Burmese Taste Testing, Straight From the Lab Studio, 36-57 36th Street, Queens, Saturday, 5 p.m.

If trying new cuisines is right up your alley, traveling to Queens for a Burmese-style taste test is a no brainer. For $20, diners can sample ohn-no khao swe, a coconut chicken noodle soup, as well as access an open bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Early attendees will also have the chance to sample danbauk, a spiced chicken and rice dish similar to Indian biryani. There will also $5 shot specials along with $6 lychee martinis for attendees. Pick up your tickets in advance.

Woks and Lox, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, 13 Doyers Street, Saturday, 10 p.m.

Fans of cultural mash ups are invited to come out to this third annual party, which features a special SingleCut brewery born Woks and Lox beer made with matzoh and sichuan peppercorns. Nosh on Jewish-Chinese food courtesy of chefs Chichi Wang and Noah Arenstein in between traditional party games, and make a bid in the auction — all proceeds go towards relief in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan. Tickets are $68.

Happy New Year 1954, Centro Español Club, 41-01 Broadway, Queens, Sunday, 6 p.m.

Head out to this early New Year’s celebration where you can party like its 1954 with a night of tango, Spanish wine, and period-appropriate clothing: Gentlemen are invited to break out their fedoras and rock a crisp suit, while women are encouraged to put on the old circle skirt and gloves. Tickets for the performance by the Astoria Tango Orchestra are $20, and a selection of Spanish style food and beverages are available at an additional cost.

Uni Dinner, Louro, 142 West 10th Street, Sunday, 7 p.m.

If you want to cap off the year in style but don’t want to deal with the craziness on New Year’s Eve, check out David Santos’ all uni dinner on Sunday or Monday. Expect uni in each course, be it with short rib, ravioli, or a dessert pudding featuring sea urchin roe. Seatings are $75 per person and reservations can be made by emailing the restaurant directly at



Where to Brunch This Weekend: Harry’s Italian Pizza Bar, Elephant & Castle, LI.C. Market, Broadway Comedy Club

Need to get away for a few hours? No matter what the changing season brings, take solace in the fact great brunch places are there when you need them. Here’s a round up of a few retreats we’ve scouted out for some temporary relief.

Harry’s Italian Pizza Bar, 2 Gold Street, Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.

For $16.95, fill up on endless mimosas and bloodies for two hours while you snack on pizzas, paninis, or frittatas. If you have relatives in town, the downtown retreat is a prime spot to fuel up for a day of tourist activities in lower Manhattan, though the Nutella french toast might be the most amazing attraction you’ll see all day.

Classic and Cheap
Elephant & Castle, 68 Greenwich Avenue, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

If you’re into the whole picturesque West Village thing, start your day with some hearty Tasmanian eggs at this 40-year-old British retreat. In addition to dishes like steel cut oatmeal and pureed spinach with poached eggs, there’s a burger and omelette section — and most mains are less than $15.

LI.C. Market, 21-52 44th Drive, Queens, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

This restaurant known for a Saturday night supper club still packs in a solid morning crowd. A variety of breakfast sandwiches — like sausage and onions with fried eggs on brioche — set the tone for a fun off-the-beaten-path meal. Other items available during the midday meal include a dirty rice frittata and eggs fried inside seven-grain bread. There’s also a solid tea and coffee selection for anyone in need of a wake up call.

Weird Holiday
Breakfast With Santa, Broadway Comedy Club, 318 West 53rd Street, Saturday, 9:30 a.m.

If you’re entertaining kids this Saturday morning, a Santa-themed improv comes with a continental breakfast. For $20, audience members will get the chance to see the world premiere of 27 Santas and an Elf Called Kevin. Tickets must be purchased in advance.



What’s Happening This Weekend: Buttermilk Book Signing, Taste of the Seaport, LES Pickle Day, Get Butchered

If stocking up on candy is making you hungry, unwrap this weekend’s sweetest activities:

Animal Farm Buttermilk Tasting Menu/Book Signing w/Diane St Clair, Ardesia, 510 West 52nd Street, Saturday, 2 p.m.

Pancakes. Biscuits. Chicken. Some of the country’s favorite dishes incorporate buttermilk into their recipes. Why not learn how to use it for your next dinner party? Author Diane St. Clair along with Saxelby Cheesemongers will discuss the Animal Farm Buttermilk cookbook over a three course buttermilk tasting menu complete with wine and cider pairings. Tickets are $75 and include a signed copy of the book.

Taste of the Seaport, Front Street between Fulton Street and Peck Slip, Sunday, 11 a.m.

This annual fundraiser continues to strengthen the seaport after Hurricane Sandy with family friendly activities, musical entertainment, and, of course, food. Tickets start at $30 and provide five tastes from participating merchants like Acqua and Mark Joseph Steakhouse. Proceeds benefit PS 397 Spruce Street School and local merchants.

Lower East Side Pickle Day, Orchard Street between Delancey and East Houston Streets, Sunday, noon

Barrels of ex-cucumbers will roll out onto Orchard Street for the Lower East Side’s annual pickle day party, which also features a home pickling contest. Hosting a rock star lineup of all the major pickle players, the celebration pays tribute to the neighborhood’s rich pickling tradition. Potential pickle champs are required to bring at least five individual jars of pickles to the LES BID booth during the festivities. Additional information regarding rules and criteria as well as a full list of food vendors in attendance can be found on the LES Pickle Day website.

Get Butchered, Alobar, 46-42 Vernon Boulevard, Queens, Sunday, 4 p.m.

In advance of holiday season, chef Michael Berardino will instruct students on the proper way to slice up a whole hog. Whether you’re a fan of pork or just want to sharpen your wits, you’ll be able to come away with a great non-traditional Halloween activity–and something probably a lot scarier than a haunted house. Craft beer is included in the ticket prices as is a meal after the butchering demo ends. Reservations are $120 per person and can be made by calling the restaurant directly at 718-752-6000.



Free Wi-Fi Coming to Brownsville, Harlem, the Bronx, and Housing Projects in Brooklyn

On the heels of a report that New York’s tech sector grew faster than almost any other city’s–becoming the city’s second-largest industry this year–comes more good tech news.

Mayor Bloomberg announced Monday the city will be rolling out free and public wireless corridors to 10 neighborhoods in December.

Alongside monied enclaves like Flatiron and the Financial District, lower-income areas like Brownsville, Harlem, the Bronx, and a slice of downtown Brooklyn encompassing two housing projects will be getting free access to the Internet.


The full list includes downtown Brooklyn’s “Tech Triangle,” Water Street between Whitehall and Fulton Streets in Lower Manhattan, parts of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, a section of Long Island City, a piece in Brownsville, a stretch of 125th Street in Harlem, much of Roosevelt Island, a length of Hyatt Street on Staten Island, part of East Fordham Road in the Bronx, and a stretch of 23rd Street in Flatiron.

See also: 30 More Subway Stations Are Getting WiFi

The city will contribute $900,000 to the project; the rest, some $2.5 million, will come from the private sector, according to the mayor’s office.

Some of the hotspots will be sponsored by a neighborhood association, like Alliance for Downtown New York, or an influential neighborhood presence, like Brooklyn Academy of Music. The rest, including corridors in “the most disadvantaged areas, such as the Bronx and Harlem,” will be provided by the Spanish firm GOWEX, which already operates almost 2000 hotspots around New York City.

GOWEX’s CEO Jenaro Garcia said in an official statement circulated on Monday, “Wi-Fi is like water: it is essential to modern life and everybody should be able to benefit from it.”

Everybody, that is, including GOWEX, which makes money from advertising in the devices it connects to the Internet, and from partnerships with mobile carriers (their free WiFi reduces cellphone companies’ data loads).

Maps of the proposed wireless corridors on the next page[

Downtown Brooklyn, between Schermerhorn Street, Cadman Plaza West, and Flatbush Avenue at Tillary Street. Sponsored by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.

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Financial District, Water Street between Whitehall Street and Fulton Street. Sponsored by Alliance for Downtown New York/LaunchLM.

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Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Fulton Street between Rockwell Place and Classon Avenue. Sponsored by the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Flatiron District, 23rd Street between Sixth and Third Avenues. Sponsored by Flatiron 23rd St. Partnership.

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Long Island City, between Queens Plaza, Jackson Boulevard and Vernon Boulevard. Sponsored by GOWEX.

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Brownsville, between Sutter Avenue, Mother Gaston Boulevard, and Pitkin and Howard avenues. Sponsored by GOWEX.

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Harlem, 125th Street between Broadway and Second Avenue. Sponsored by GOWEX.

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Roosevelt Island, between the Queensboro Bridge and Roosevelt Island Bridge. Sponsored by GOWEX.

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Staten Island, Hyatt Street between St. Mark’s Place and Stuyvesant Place. Sponsored by GOWEX.

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The Bronx, East Fordham Road from Grand Concourse to Arthur Avenue. Sponsored by GOWEX.

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