Best Happy Hours for Dinner in NYC

Better than a Happy Hour are these Happy Hour Meals

The German beer hall Paulaner serves a hefty meal for under $20.

Here are the best happy hours where you can eat and have a drink after work for under $20. Who said there’s no such thing as a cheap date?




Nosh on meat and beer for under $20 at this German-style beer hall from Monday to Wednesday. The options kick off with a $18 roasted pork loin on house-baked rye bread with horseradish paired with a half-liter of the made-on-site lager.


From Monday to Friday, diners can sit down and enjoy a chef’s choice meal complete with a beer, wine, or mixed drink. (Go with the beer though; the tap selection is outstanding.) Each day of the week has a different theme, starting with Monday’s vegetarian dish. None of the happy hour meals tops $16.




Taco Tuesdays aren’t hard to find. At any of the Fonda locations (East Village, Park Slope, or Chelsea), chow down on three tacos made with the hand-pressed tortillas and fresh salsa for $7 or less. That leaves plenty of cash leftover to sip on one of the happy hour specials (from 5 to 7 p.m.), ranging from an $8 margarita to a $5 cerveza.

Parma as big as the plate

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Nosh on a Parma as big as the plate.


Flinders Lane

Partake of the Aussie tradition of a Parma and a pint at the East Village’s Flinders Lane. The transplanted Aussie chef and beverage director wanted to bring their favorite pub tradition to the growing expat community in New York City. For $15, dive into one of the plate-sized chicken Parmas on offer and wash it down with an appropriately Aussie Coopers beer (or a glass of wine).




Combine the best two specials available at this East Village Cuban restaurant. Pair the nightly (from 5 to 8 p.m.) buy one, get one free drink offer with Thursday’s all night half-priced tapas. You’ll be sipping on mojitos and nibbling on chorizo, chicharrón, or another of the dozen small plates on offer.


The best dinner special might be in South Williamsburg at this American restaurant. Belly up to the bar for a $5 Old Fashioned and a $5 burger from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. (You could have three cocktails before hitting our $20 ceiling!) Swing by before a show at the Knitting Factory or a big night out.



Reunion Surf Bar 

At this underground beach bum’s paradise, mix and match to get the perfect under-$20 meal on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The happy hour (from 5:30 to 8 p.m.) includes beers for $3 or $4 and cocktails for $6 and sliders and the pork belly-topped hot dogs for $4. Perfect for a beer and a couple sliders or perhaps a cocktail and a hotdog.



In another choose-your-own-adventure deal, swing by this West Village cantina’s nightly happy hour. The specials are divided between Happy Eating and Happy Drinking. Sip on an $8 glass of sangria while noshing on fish tacos for $10, or pair the classic margarita for $8 with the $10 short ribs smothered in Chihuahua cheese and wrapped in a tortilla.