With its tasty lamb sliders and a civilized, local crowd, Shadow Boxers is a nice reprieve from the typical Times Square bar. The music wasn’t bumping at an offensive level, but we still opted to eat downstairs in the quiet “Man Cave,” ideal for those more interested in actually watching the game than then being part of the scene upstairs.
The space also features an outdoor patio with brick walls, LED lighting, and an animal topiary. Be prepared to stake out the lone billiards table by the door, and come hungry; the grub is good enough to save you a walk over to Ninth Avenue.
Shadow Boxers is very proud of its tuna tartare, but the fresh guacamole three ways was actually more impressive. Served with small side bowls of goat cheese, crabmeat, and mango salsa, mixing in as much or as little as you’d like is easy. If you’re looking for a solid staple of meat and cheese, the steak tacos also hit the spot.
The 4 to 7 p.m. happy hour includes $5 well drinks and draft beer, and a $10 food special. “Overtime Happy Hour” runs from 10 p.m. to midnight.