7 of the best al fresco happy hours in New York

By Kat Odell

Before fireplace weather sets in, take advantage of summer’s end with some killer meal deals around New York City. From neighborhood fixtures to sleek newcomers, here are seven of the city’s best options for outdoor aperitifs and bites.

Sunday in Brooklyn
While seasonal American cuisine runs rife throughout New York, Sunday in Brooklyn does it better than most. And Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 7 p.m., you can nab a sidewalk seat for peanuts dusted with togarashi, or crudité with rye cream, for $4 and $8, respectively. Bear in mind, you’ll also want to partake in some of the restaurant’s inspired elixirs. The Champagne Problems (bubbly, beets, grapefruit, and mint), Red Herring (strawberry-infused Aperol, cachaca, and lime), Outlook Good (tequila, orange, and sweet vermouth), and Anton/Liza (vodka or gin, mint and cucumber shrub, fino sherry, and lemon) all run just $7, as does one daily vino, while they also offer a few $4 beers. Oh, and when it rains, the Dark and Stormy comes down to $4.
Neighborhood: Williamsburg MAP

Maison Premiere

Maison Premiere
Cocktail kingdom and seafood bar Maison Premiere, the 20th best bar in the world per Drinks International’s celebrated annual list, has you covered with happy hour mollusks. Known for having an excellent selection of oysters, this is the place to drop in Monday through Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., or over the weekend from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a daily changing selection priced at $1 or $1.25.
Neighborhood: Williamsburg MAP

Au Za’atar
Avenue A Lebanese-Middle Eastern staple Au Za’atar offers a plethora of happy hour deals that one can partake in daily from 4 to 7 p.m., when the street-side dining is just right. With spiced sangria and strawberry bellinis, plus vino and Lebanese beer all for just $5, they’re also offering a whole slew of snacky apps—from hummus to kebabs—for the same price. Or go for the $29 prix fixe, which scores you a three-course meal.
Neighborhood: East Village MAP

Two Hands

Two Hands
An all-grown-up offshoot of Two Hands Café in Little Italy, Two Hands the restaurant (and bar!) brings a taste of Aussie eats in the form of simple, ingredient-driven, seasonal cookery. Happy hour—which runs from 4 to 6 p.m. daily—is a great time to pop in for bites, like salmon dip and blistered shishito peppers, which run $7 to $10. You can also snag the house burger with aged Cheddar and crispy potatoes for $16. On the bevy front, think an Aperol spritz for $9, wine options for $7, and smaller batch beers for $5.
Neighborhood: Tribeca MAP

Dante
Snag one of Dante’s alfresco café tables and imbibe some of Manhattan’s best cocktails. Barman Naren Young—who has propelled this cozy West Village boite to the world’s 34th best bar according to Drinks International’s lauded annual list—is mixing up his fantastic Negroni Sessions menu daily from 3 to 6 p.m., with all negronis just $10 at that time. Also, on Fridays through the rest of summer, snag a spritz for $10.
Neighborhood: West Village MAP

The Williamsburg Hotel

The Williamsburg Hotel
The chic new Williamsburg Hotel is where to go when you want to see and be seen. Outside the hotel on the front patio, Monday through Friday, pop in for $7 beers and vino, plus half-off signature libations like the Feather’s Edge (apple brandy, mezcal, and celery bitters), and the Snowbird (tequila, Aperol, cinnamon syrup, mint, and lemon).
Neighborhood: Williamsburg MAP

narcbar
The Standard in the East Village just debuted narcbar, a cocktail concept spinoff from sister restaurant Narcissa, helmed by resident chef and Nix honcho John Fraser. There’s a bunch of front outdoor seating along the street where one can partake in the daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. and all day on Monday—think $1 for oysters or peel-and-eat shrimp, and $5 hot dogs. In terms of booze, there’s plenty to choose from, with $10 draft cocktails, $8 draft wine, and $6 tap beer.
Neighborhood: East Village MAP

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