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Apr 20, 2010 02:26 PM

ISO Friday happy hour with free food, near Grand Central

I've gone blind & insane searching My Open Bar, Drink Deal and Wined & Dined. And all I found was chips & salsa at Baja Fresh, a mess of broken links, and other listings of questionable accuracy. Your advice is appreciated!

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  1. Not gourmet cuisine, but you can get free hot dogs at Rudy's on 44th and 9th.

    Rudy's Bar & Grill
    627 9th Ave, New York, NY 10036

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    1. re: fooodie

      Thanks! I knew about that one, but it's too far west for my purposes.

      1. re: small h

        Hmm I can't think of anything else within walking distance to GC. Kellri Taverna has free cheese and olives at the bar, but it's not a great space for a group happy hour.

    2. When I've had after work drinks at Centro and Naples 45, they've both offered complimentary snacks. Naples 45 serves pizza, and Centro servies olives, cheese, salami and an occasional hot hors d'oevres.

      Naples 45
      200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10166

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      1. re: Shirley

        Thanks! Much obliged. Sounds good.

        1. re: Shirley

          Strong second for these two recs; more room at Naples, but both, in their way, are excellent. Another poss is Ben Benson's (123 W. 52nd--too far away?) Potato skins at 1700 hrs followed by piping hot fried chicken. Drinks pretty $$ and with all the salt, you put a few away. 10-15 minute walk to GCT.

          Ben Benson's
          123 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: Shirley

            centro is VG, get the Guiena hen.. excellent