iso happy hour w/ good snacky foods
i will be at a conference till 4pm at NYU today. i'm planning late dinner but would like to head out to LES for a few hours to wonder around first. are there any places that have happy hour in LES or East Village where we can have both drinks and smaller bites? in terms of price comparison, something a bit cheaper than Balthazar's prices would be appreciated (and while we love oysters, if the bar menu has more than raw stuff that would be a bonus too).
brief report of our stay so far: went to cafe habana for lunch and momofuku ssam for dinner last night. both very fun and very satisfying. i had fish tacos for lunch and my partner had the cuban sandwich. both delicious. i also loved the bloody mary (liked the replacement of worsestershire sauce with fresh horseradish). momofuku was great, tbanh mi and steamed buns were delish, the only lesser dish was teh soft shell crab - the crab itself was good, but the potatoes it came with were oversalted. we were impressed with the services too. there was some order mix up and one of our last dishes was late in coming (we barely noticed having fun just enjoying the place), and the bartender gave us a round of drinks on the house. very nice even though we were not complaining at all.
thanks for the tips chowhounds, NY rocks (toronto needs a place like momofuku!)
La Palapa on St. Mark's has decent appetizers during their happy hour (half-price drinks). In the eastern part of SoHo you could try the happy hour at Lure Fishbar. They do have raw items, but the calamari from among the cooked items is very good, too. The Blue Owl also has a happy hour with food, though while I enjoy their drinks, I've yet to try their food.
JungMann's suggestions are good ones, but none is on the LES. Verlaine on Rivington has happy hour 'til 10pm - $5 lychee martinis (not for everyone, but not bad, either) and house wine & well drinks. If you stick to the skewered & grilled snacks, and steer clear of the dumplings, you'll be ok.
Not on the Lower East Side, but Terroir, on 12th between 1st and A, is a great wine bar with really interesting wines at $5/glass from 5-6 and a menu of snacks and more substantial food (love the sausage-stuffed fried sage leaves). After 6 it gets really crowded, but from 5 to 6 it's mellow and a good deal.
Also on the LES, The Ten Bells (my pick for minimalist website of the year). No happy hour drink specials, but oysters are $1.25 'til 7pm. Most of their wines are less than $10/glass. Myriad cold snacks are available. It's a relatively new spot - and very cool-looking - so it gets crowded. Get there early to stake out a decent spot.