Workdays are hard, which makes evenings when you can sneak away early all the more special. Here are the best NYC happy hours in Midtown Manhattan.
Oysters & Cocktails
The Upsider is a hip gastropub with a ’60s-aesthetic. Since it opened in 2014, its menu—ranging from raw bar selections to vegetables and grains to meat—has been a welcome addition to Midtown East. Sit at the 26-foot-long quartz bar, or, in warmer weather, soak up the sun—the spot’s corner location allows for plenty of outdoor seating. This summer, try the Smoking Jacket (Fidencio Classico Mezcal, Aperol and Carpano Bianco) or the refreshing Scarlet Letter with Hendrick’s Gin, raspberry liqueur, lemon and mint.
When to go: Daily from 5-7pm
What you’ll get: $1 oysters and $7 cocktails
The Upsider: 1004 2nd Ave., 646-726-4760
Socarrat Paella Bar
Tapas & Sangria
A cold glass of sangria may be one of the most refreshing ways to cool off on a summer day, yes, but the real reason to go to happy hour at Socarrat Paella Bar is the half-off tapas menu. Favorites include seared sesame-crusted tuna ($8), a selection of crispy and creamy croquetas del día ($6), and patatas bravas with alioli and spicy tomato sauce ($3.50).
When to go: Daily from 4-7pm (bar only, limited seating)
What you’ll get: Half-off all tapas, $6 sangria, wine and beer
Socarrat Paella Bar: 952 2nd Ave., 212-759-0101
Réunion Surf Bar
Hot Dogs & Cocktails
While Réunion Surf Bar may be located 8,600 miles away from its namesake—a tiny yet diverse volcanic island off Madagascar in the Indian Ocean—it brings a touch of its culture to New York. Beer and rum, the most popular drinks on the island, inform the spot’s menu of frozen drinks like the Frozen Dark n’ Stormy, and it’s house original cocktails like the Cuz’n Ray Ray—made with rum, fresh lime, cucumber and a splash of absinthe. Don’t overlook the “grindage” (food) menu: The Dodo Dog, an all-beef frank with iceberg slaw, salsa and a slab of pork belly, is not to be missed.
When to go: Daily from 5:30-8pm, Sunday from 5:30pm-2am
What you’ll get: $6 cocktails, $4 hot dog
Reunion Surf Bar: 357 W. 44th St., 212-582-3200
Zengo New York
Cocktails, Beers & Bites
Latin-Asian fusion restaurant Zengo and La Biblioteca, the bar located inside, offer a reverse happy hour, so even those who work late can enjoy. The happy hour menu goes beyond discounted margaritas and caipirinhas and includes carne asada, roasted chicken and grilled mahi mahi tacos (your choice of two for $6), a selection of $6 sushi, and $7 apps like Korean fried chicken with a spicy cucumber pickle.
When to go: Tuesday-Friday from 9:30pm-close
What you’ll get: $8 cocktails, $5 beers, $6-7 bites
Zengo New York: 622 3rd Ave., 212-808-8110