It's 3:00pm on a Friday afternoon and you've just had one hell of a work week. You were just put on a new project, your boss hated your last draft of your article, and the guy you've been texting has been non-responsive after you went to dinner. The ultimate cure for this hell week is HAPPY HOUR. Let's be honest, who doesn't love a good, cheap, and entertaining happy hour? Especially one in NYC! Problem is- where do you find these places? How do you find the best deals? Sure Yelp is a great resource but nothing comes from a first hand experience, which is why I've brought to you- RAE'S NYC GUIDE.
Here you will find the latest scoop on the must-see/go-to places of NYC! Everything from happy hours, boozy brunches, delicious dinners, and clubs/bars- I'll give you the insider's scoop. If you have a favorite go-to spot in Manhattan, let me know in the comments below & I'll be sure to check it out!
Last Friday, I headed to Macondo West in the West Village for a 6:30pm reservation with one of my best friends. Before walking in we had the mentality of downing some delicious latin-inspired cocktails & munching on some latino style street food. (yes, it was that kind of week!) We turned the corner of Bank Street and immediately saw the restaurant with it's rustic appearance & colorful signs.
The restaurant was already filled with happy hour go-ers, but luckily we made a reservation and were seated at a table in the back by a window! As soon as we sat down, our waiter came over and showed us the Happy Hour menu which included drinks for under 10$ each ($7 cocktails, $5 sangria, wine & beer) AND latino food truck styled food (empanadas, tacos, guac, & oysters) all for super cheap prices. We were very happy! We ended up eating getting a glass of sangria each which was very good and ordered:
Guacamole & Chips
2 Fish Tacos
2 Braised Short Rib Tacos
2 Beef Empanadas
2 Chicken Empanadas
After all of that we were stuffed and could barely finish our meal! If you are looking for a quick place to grab a bite, hang with co-workers or friends, or even go on a date, Macondo West is a great affordable choice! It has a variety of drinks and food and has a full bar if you decide to just drop in. The convenience of this cute little restaurant is also a plus! I'll definitely be back but this time to try the $1 oysters!!