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NYC's best happy hour snacks

Get cheap(er) cheese plates, tacos, wings and raw bar bites at NYC's best restaurants and bars for happy hour

Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Amber Sutherland-Namako
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Whether it’s because it so often intersects with golden hour, or simply because the drinks are cheap(er), happy hour is the best hour in NYC. The discounted beer, wine and cocktails are terrific, but it’s even nicer to have less-spendy snacks to match. A lot of the best bars in town offer deals between about lunch and dinner, and these outstanding few slash their food prices to $10 or less for those precious minutes, too. 

NYC's best happy hour snacks

  • Bars
  • Izakaya
  • East Village
  • price 1 of 4

Follow the “On Air” sign subtly illuminating Sake Bar Decibel’s facade down a short staircase daily from 6pm to 7pm for a long list of terrific bar snacks for $10 or less. Get gyoza and shumai for $6, karaage for $8 and sansai udon for $10. Pair them with $6 saketinis, sake highballs and lychee martinis. 

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Jadis
  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Lower East Side
  • price 2 of 4

This romantic wine bar serves a 5” quiche Lorraine, Hungarian paprika cheese spread and a Cammembert snack for $6 each until 6pm all week long. Select beer and wine pours start at the same price. 

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  • Bars
  • Cocktail bars
  • Carroll Gardens
  • price 2 of 4

Choose from tinga pollo, al pastor and vegan tacos with chayote, zucchini, carrots and black beans when they’re $9 a pair Monday-Friday from 5pm to 7pm. You can also get croquetas for $8 and an order of chips, salsa and guacamole for $9 during happy hour at Leyenda. Draft Margaritas and palomas are $10 and micheladas are $10 at the same time. 

  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Soho
  • price 2 of 4

Sip $5 beer and $9 sangria, red, white and sparkling wine with $6 orders of patatas bravas and tortilla española weekdays from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. The same deal is available at all four of Boqueria’s NYC locations. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Chelsea

This spot skews fancy, but you can check it out for a little less cash at happy hour from 5pm-6:30pm Tuesday-Friday. Try the cacio e pepe fritti and the crostini with burrata, black fig and prosciutto for $10 each, or slake your sweet tooth with the $8 bombolone with chocolate sauce and vanilla anglaise. Happy hour beers are $6 and more than a dozen cocktails are down to $12 from the typical $17-plus. 

  • Bars
  • Lounges
  • Carroll Gardens
  • price 1 of 4

Assemble your layers and head to B61’s sidewalk for specials Monday through Friday from 4pm to 6pm when al pastor tacos are $5, a half-dozen wings are $6 and a “pile of” nachos is $10. “Pint-size” (that means large in this case!) frozen and large margaritas are also $10. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Harlem
  • price 2 of 4

Have a taste of Vinatería’s grilled broccolini with chimichurri, bacalao croquettes and polenta fries for $8 each or crispy Brussels sprouts for $9 each day from 4pm to 7pm. Your choice of six $8 cocktails, $7 wine and $5 beer are also available. 

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