Food & Drink

Happy Hour Update

The merits of a great booze/food happy hour are self-evident to everyone but alcoholics so hardened, they can't digest solid nourishment. Here are three new deals, all date-friendly: District:130 W 46 St, between 6th and 7th; 212.485.29995pm-12am: Three shots of infused vodka, three apps ($18)District's speakeasy-style back bar's completely hidden from view -- ideal for a torrid affair, or drinks with the horrible girlfriend you claim to have already broken up with. The chow varies, but the vodka's constant: watermelon and grapefruit, plus a ballsy black peppercorn -- whose deliciousness you'll praise ceaselessly to compensate for the squeal of joy when the watermelon hits your lips. Check out the flyerSilverleaf Tavern:43 E 38th St, at Park Ave S; 212.973.25507-11pm: Three appetizers, two cocktails ($21)With its two-cocktail deal, central location, and recently upscaled lounge, SLT's the perfect after-work spot for dipping your pen in company ink. The drinks (e.g., the Stone Wall: Pusser's Rum, apple cider, ginger syrup, Jamaican ginger beer) were designed by Dale DeGroff -- mandatory, since according to NYC Administrative Code Section 25-242, no lounge may be called "upscale" without Dale DeGroff on the menu. Check out the flyerRiingo:205 E 45th St, between 2nd and 3rd; 212.867.42005:30-11pm: Three appetizers, plus one 16oz beer ($18)Through October only, the lounge at Marcus "Aquavit" Samuelsson's American-Japanese restaurant is serving up starters like Beer Braised Short Ribs and Tapioca Duck Dumplings and pairing them with a tall glass of Riingo Elixir. The spicy brew was crafted exclusively for the restaurant by Nantucket's Cisco Brewers, who took a yearlong break from "Systems" to perfect the recipe. Check out the flyerOf course, none of these compare to the majesty of Still's ongoing Tuesday happy hour* -- but if you opt for all-you-can-eat tacos over gourmet nosh, your night will end anything but solidly. *5pm-close: $9.95 all-you-can-eat tacos, plus $3 Coronas, Dos Equis, and Margaritas (192 3rd Ave, between 17th and 18th).