Nothing makes me appreciate happy hours like having a full time job.
I’ll tell you what, at the end of a long day full of spreadsheets and meetings, even the most peppy of office dwellers would happily skip over to The Leadbelly’s weekday happy hour.
From the wondrous owners of The Fat Radish (located right across the street in case you need a nibble after) comes The Leadbelly; a dark, warm bar tucked away behind a frosted glass window.
You step inside and it looks like you’ve been transported into the chicest fisherman’s living room ever. Oh, and did I mention the $1 oysters from 6 PM to 8 PM (late happy hour! my favorite!), Monday through Friday? Mix in a daily cocktail offered for $6, and daily beer selection for $4, and you’ve got yourself a cute date or meet up. Service is a little slow for being so empty, but it sure beats the service on at 1 am on a Friday night when the place is packed from wall to wall.
Think intimate, cozy, and delicious on a dime. And there’s live music, which makes everything classier. Swing over and slurp up!
Notes at a glance…
$1 Daily Selection of Oysters
$6 HH Cocktail of the Day
$4 HH Beer of the Day
14 Orchard Street (between Hester and Canal Streets)
That new living room swag. (Taken with Instagram at The Penthouse on Madison)
And it continues… 🍣🍣🍣🍣 (Taken with Instagram at Kyo Ya)
Omg (Taken with Instagram at Kyo Ya)
Sea oats #foodmarathon (Taken with Instagram at Kyo Ya)
Why, yes. I am instagraming my whole ten course meal. (Taken with Instagram at Kyo Ya)
Truffle sushi yo. #nyc #sushi #foodporn (Taken with Instagram)
Sakizuke. Egg plant noodle in dashi broth. (Taken with Instagram at kyo ya)
Zatsuki 🍙🍣🍱 to welcome a new visitor (Taken with Instagram at kyo ya)
Rooftops. Prosecco. Summer. #nyc #Summer (Taken with Instagram)
Summer in the city hotter than expected? Is your air conditioning unit really just a fan set up behind a tray of ice cubes? Have you passed ‘smoldering’ and ‘hot’ long ago and are just plain sticky and miserable? Find a much needed respite from the sweltering end-of-summer heat at Jaguar’s free “Chill” event under the high line park this weekend. Ice skate, snack, and cool off all for free(ze).
Oh, and did I mention the whole thing is inside of a huge snow globe? Cool.
So full of Korean food. Racking’ up those frequent visitor stamps.😓🍴🍜 (Taken with Instagram at Woorijip)
Want to spice up your lunch routine? Why not try out the easy-to-portion-size and adorable idea of bento boxes?! And for those of you who feel like you might not want your friends or boss to see you eating out of a Hello Kitty bento (I, however, have no shame) there are a plethora of bento boxes to be found at your local Japanese grocery or online.
My current bento-obsession is onigiri, rice balls that can be filled with anything you like or mixed with various ingredients. Traditional onigiris come mixed with dried fish flakes, filled with salmon, tuna, or Japanese pickles and wrapped in nori, but you can go crazy filling them with whatever you happen to be craving. And while I’m scouring New York City’s Asian markets for onigiri molds, you can hand roll them or shape them into triangles easily. Follow the link below to find enough recipes to ensure that your bento box is never empty.