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lauded for adding their own “twist” to
anything and everything.
The rise of the craft cocktail hopefully
left us all with a bad taste in our mouths
for sugary-sweet mixers, shelf-stable
fruit juice, and marshmallow vodka, but
it also went, in some instances, a step
too far. Bars are inherently egalitarian,
and thus there’s no room for snobbery
(or monocles) in a good bar. While the
Stevenses and their staff are steadfast
in their devotion to doing things the
proper way, there’s also no tolerance
for intolerance at either of their places,
which is how we come to another of the
Stevenses’ strengths. Their bars offer
classic cocktails executed at the highest
level of quality by nice people who will
still be nice to you even when, like many
of us, you don’t really know what the hell
you’re talking about.
On a recent visit, we stuck to the
classics, which was easy to do using the
bar’s winter happy hour menu.
There’s a reason martinis come with
olives: brininess is the dry martini’s BFF,
During happy hour ( 4–6 p.m. every day),
oysters are only a buck a shuck.
Other happy hour specials include
six-dollar Old Fashioneds, Manhattans,
and boilermakers. Let’s look at some hero
pairings on the menu that will make this
hour your happiest of all.
That Old Fashioned could be the best
date you’ve had in a while when enjoyed
alongside an order of steak frites ($24).
The dish’s warm salsa of caramelized
onions makes an Old Fashioned sing.
The menu’s elk osso buco ($32) plays
nice-nice with the bar’s rye Manhattan.
The cold-weather plate features butternut
squash puree, roasted brussels sprouts,
and a sweet cranberry compote. The
centerpiece is a marrow-rich bone
surrounded by lush elk meat. The
compote can be overwhelming, so don’t
feel obliged to eat it all. (On my visit, I was
served perhaps four times the amount
needed, but it was easy to navigate
around.) Either way, the Manhattan
pairing is a winner and the elk is nothing
short of delicious.
The exact components of the happy
hour boilermaker vary based on
availability, but it’s a no-fuss drink calling
for a no-fuss food pairing. Go for one of
Lucky Day’s signature hand pies. Made
in-house and always savory, they have
three fillings: short rib, curried potatoes
with green chutney, or a fantastic union
of chicken, bacon, and leeks with gravy.
The pastry is quite good and any of the
stuffing options are bettered by a cold
beer and a shot—but then again, what
There’s much more to enjoy at Lucky
Day than happy hour. Consider this a
primer, an easy A-B-C, 1-2-3 to a good time.
Stop in for dinner with friends, share a
plate or two with a lover before a show,
or take Dad in for a drink—let Lucky Day’s
strengths be yours.
There’s a reason
martinis come with
olives: brininess is the
dry martini’s BFF, so
pairing one with a half-
dozen super briny raw
oysters is a no-brainer.