With NYC a short car ride away, I often take it for granted as a destination. This past week, we decided to rectify this. Channeling my best Carrie Bradshaw, I packed the car, grabbed the pug, and off we went to enjoy a midweek trip to Greenwich.
If there's one thing I look forward to, regardless of what city or town I'm in, happy hour tops the list. For happy hour to check all the boxes, it has to be just that...happy, and in a city as populated as NYC, packing people in like sardines to get a discounted check is NOT my kind of happy. Happy hour should be about affordable post-travel — or post-work — wine and a seat with room enough for a deep breath after a long day.
My Top Two Happy Hour Spots Near Greenwich Village
Amelie: We started the trip at this funky little wine bar with fresh french baguettes, $12 wine flights, and an amazing cheese selection.
The secret to their amazing bread is that it's delivered half baked, and they finish the bread off in their kitchen right before serving. My mouth waters as I think about their goat cheese ball and cheese plate.
The blue cheese is of another world. While the cheese plate isn't on the happy hour special, the affordability of the wine flight and goat cheese ball makes it a no brainer. It was so good that I went there twice in a matter of three days. There's no shame in my wine and cheese game.
Wine tip: The wine flights fill a wide variety of palettes. I opted for the oaky reds, and Scott opted for the spicy reds. It's a fun little mix-and-match, but we both agreed that the spicy reds were delish.
Sel Rrose: If you love touristy things, but hate crowds, head to Sel Rrose where the Empire State building serves as your backdrop, and the tourist attitude is checked at the door. But most importantly, the oysters are $1 between 4-7PM during happy hour.
If you're looking for a dinner-ish nosh, head there at 6 to beat the crowds and to get a table outside. Make sure you order your second round of oysters well before 7 because the place fills up quickly, and you may not get your server back in time. As it seemed to be the trend, I ordered a food item that wasn't on the happy hour menu, but for $22, you can get a lobster roll STUFFED with lobster and a side of white truffle fries.
Wine Tip: Let me tell you about Orange Wine, and not just because it photographs well. It's made from white wine grapes but has a full-bodied flavor that many red wine drinkers can easily sip. Unlike white wine, orange wine keeps the skin on during the winemaking process, giving it that orange color and a full bodied flavor. It put me in full on Ecto Cooler mode!
I'll admit, I'm a little biased because this specific wine comes from Greece, but I promise, it's worth a try. Plus, red wine sometimes feels heavy — to me at least — on those hotter summer days, making this a perfect summer wine.
Of course, in a city with as many food options as NYC, there are tons of hot spots, and these two aren't the be-all, end-all, but they certainly have great wine, great oysters, and most importantly, great prices. Is it happy hour yet?