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15 Food-Focused Happy Hour and Early Bird Specials


Want to save on dining and drinking out without stooping to Groupon and its offspring? Leave the apartment or the office a little early to take advantage of a plethora of restaurant deals offered before prime dining time. Ahead, check out a lengthy list of food focused happy hours, pre-theater specials sans the geriatrics (to be honest, there may be some seasoned diners at the next table), and solid early bird specials.

2011_06_asellina.jpg1) Asellina: Situated in the Gansevoort Park Hotel, Italian restaurant Asellina recently launched a "3 Hours menu" available from 4 PM to 7 PM featuring $9 appetizers, $4 beers, $5 wines, and select bottles for half price. 420 Park Avenue South

2011_06_maialino15.jpg2) Maialino: In addition to street food prices on gourmet appetizers—$2 pizza rustica and meatballs —Maialino recently started serving $5 Italian beer specials and beer cocktails as part of its Cicchetti bar menu, available every weekday from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. 2 Lexington Ave.

benoit.jpg3) Benoit: Dine before a debut at one of the many midtown restaurants offering pre-theater specials. At Benoit, costly French fare is radically reduced in price before 6:30 where the restaurant offers two courses for $28 -- which is less than that of many of their entrees. 60 West 55th St. [Photo]

fig%20and%20olive.jpeg4) Fig & Olive: At the Meatpacking branch of Fig & Olive, the Aperitivo menu gives food lovers a chance to start the night a little early. From 5 to 7 PM, discounted $10 cocktails, $10 wines, and $7 beers are accompanied by a complementary plate of appetizers. 416 W 13th St. [Photo]

flex.jpg5) Flex Mussels: Every Monday through Friday, patrons of Flex Mussels can also flex their dollar with the Unlimited Mussels Special: $20 for a draft beer, fries, and all the mussels they can eat. 154 West 13th St. [Photo]

Betel%20.jpg6) Betel: Early bird diners don't have to commit to a dish at the South East Asian Betel, where Chef Adam Woodfield curates an eight-dish tasting menu available before 7:30 for $35 every night. 51 Grove St. [Photo]

tocqueville.jpg7) Tocqueville: Whether or not you plan to hit up the shows afterward, the Union Square Greenmarket-direct three-course pre-theater menu from Tocqueville is only $44 before 6:30. Add another $15 for a discounted dinner wine pairing. 1 East 15th St.

vamos.jpg8) Vamos: True to its urgent name, Vamos! offers a reasonable deal to patrons who get a move on: From 4 - 6:30 PM, diners can opt for a three course $21 meal, with discounted $4 frozen margaritas. 348 1st Ave.

bistro%20moderne.jpg9) db Bistro Moderne: Theater-goers with the munchies should expect a current take on traditional French flavors at Daniel Boulud's db Bistro Moderne. From 5 to 6:30 PM, DB offers a three-course pre-theater prix fixe for $45, offering limited yet well-crafted items like duck ravioli and chicken pearl fricassée. 55 West 44th St.

perry%20street.jpg10) Perry Street: The early bird, the spring chicken: the two are synonymous at Perry Street where a current seasonal Spring Dinner promotion offers a three-course dinner Sunday through Friday for only $38 between 5:30 and 6 PM. 176 Perry St.

parlor.jpeg11) Parlor: As if a prime 7 oz filet mignon or bone-in 18 oz prime strip loin wasn't enough, Parlor Steakhouse adds a refreshing salad and simple dessert for only $35 at their early evening prix fixe served til 7 PM. 1600 3rd Ave.

three%20of%20cups.jpg12) Three of Cups: Forget choosing from limited options, Three of Cups subtracts twenty percent from the check from 5 to 6:30 PM Monday through Thursday. 83 1st Ave.

four%20seasons.jpg13) Four Seasons Restaurant: The Four Seasons Restaurant only gives patrons an hour and fifteen minutes to cash in on a $65 three-course prix fixe, so plan ahead or miss out on the crisp farmhouse duck and elderberry shoofly pie. 99 East 52nd St.

milos.jpg14) Milos Estatorio: Patrons of Milos know chic Greek comes at a price; however, diners in the know can show up early and try their generous pre-theater special from 5 to 6:30 PM for a $49 three-course prix fixe. 125 West 55th St.

millesime.jpg15) Salon Millesime: Salon Millesime, the downstairs lounge of French seafood brasserie Millesime, is offering daily happy hour specials from 5 - 8PM, including a burger and beer on Mondays for $20 and $1 oysters on Wednesdays. 92 Madison Ave..

—Devin Briski

Benoit Bistro

60 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019 646 943 7373

db Bistro Moderne

55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036 212 391 2400


420 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10014 212 317 2908

Flex Mussels - West Village

154 West 13th Street, New York, New York 10011 (212) 229-0222 Visit Website


2 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10010 (212) 777-2410 Visit Website


51 Grove Street, New York, NY 10014 (212) 352-0460 Visit Website

Perry Street

Perry Street, Manhattan, NY 10014