best-of-nyc

Our editors have strong opinions about the best things to do in New York City—which is why we’ve devoted this week’s feature to our 50 favorite venues and events in NYC, ranging from arts and culture to booze and sex. (Top of the Strand, pictured above, made the cut as our favorite all-weather rooftop bar.)

As a bonus, we’ve also partnered with Foursquare to create a new King of New York badge. Follow us on Foursquare and check in to venues on our Best of NYC list to unlock it, and see where you rank by following our leaderboard.

The Happiest Hour, NYC

Last week, I told you about NYC’s best sushi spot. This week, I’ll show you my favorite burger in the Big Apple…

Like what you see? Then you need to get down to The Happiest Hour!

Their “Happiest Burger” has been described as a cross between a Shake Shack burger and an In-N-Out double-double…

Two all-beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, confit onions and of course, “special sauce”…

Given its size, this monster also reminded me a bit of a Hodad’s double cheeseburger, especially when you picked it up and tried to take a bite…

This was a glorious burger. Truly.

Perfectly griddled, thin, medium rare burgers and a lava-like flow of melted cheese on a soft, toasted bun with crisp lettuce and their special sauce, which is kicked up with mustard… simplicity at its best!

Go to The Happiest Hour the burger, but stay for a few of their other menu items and cocktails. This is a bar after all!

I initially opted to skip their fries, which are extra, but the bartender said he was going to order them for me; if I didn’t like them, he wouldn’t charge me for them…

I happily paid for these potatoes.

HH also offers a Japanese-style fried chicken “karaage” that’s better than most Japanese restaurants here in the city…

I’d also recommend you try their refreshing Buffalo cucumbers, with watermelon, mint and poppy seeds…

Happiest Hour also offers one of my new favorite drinks in Manhattan, their “Link Ray”, made with celery, suze, lime, cane, soda and gin…

The bar at Happiest Hour prides itself on offering “non-judgmental drinks” and lets you choose your spirit, be it tequila, run, gin or whiskey, in any of their cocktails, like the “Fall From The Tree”, with fresh apple juice, cinnamon, lemon, aromatic bitters, which I got with bourbon…

Their classic Gibson with gin, blanc vermouth, dry vermouth, house made pickled onion and brine is quite a treat as well…

My meal at aptly-named The Happiest Hour was indeed the happiest hour of that day… maybe even the whole month!

THE HAPPIEST HOUR

121 W 10th St.

NY, NY 10011

212-243-2827

http://www.happiesthournyc.com

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Hungry, anyone? 

With tantalizing names for dishes like the Say Yes short rib sandwich or the So Good French toast, who can resist a meal from Shopsin’s in Essex Street Market?

Shopsin’s originated in Greenwich Village in 1971 as a grocery store, but has since evolved into a restaurant and institution serving an extensive variety of food in the Lower East Side. 

When asked why they moved to Essex Street Market, Melinda Shopsin, who helps run the restaurant, says,

The pace here is better for us…We like it being small and intimate. It’s important to us that we can talk to our customers.

Read our full interview with Melinda Shopsin about their family’s love for the market and where they derive inspiration for some of their most popular items.  

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Pretzel Pillow | Studio DIY

The first time I had a proper giant pretzel was in NYC. Holy moly, that thing was so good (also the best things I ate in NYC: Pizza, roast beef, red onion & lettuce sandwich & a giant bag of candy from Dylans. Just FYI). This giant pretzel pillow reminds me of those fun times I had there, and sometimes you just need something fun in your house! Knotted pillows are going to be hitting a lot of shops soon (it’s my pro-pick for the homewares season!)