Last night, i had the bright idea to venture over to Union Square for a Happy Hour. Little did I know, because i apparently live under a rock, the President was a few doors down having dinner at Gotham Grill. The trains were packed. The streets were blocked off.
Yeah. Only I would suggest a happy hour during this madness!
But The deal was too sweet to pass up and I was more than happy to be a little incovenienced for FREE APPETIZERS.
Yeah. I said that.
So this place, Piola, I have never heard of it until recently and they have some pretty sweet happy hours. Every Wednesday, ladies get a free bottle of wine when they come in to dine. And then there is my favorite, every weekday from 5-7 appetizers are free when you sit at the bar and order a drink
So i got there a little early…. about two hours early. Whoops. But it was okay since my coworkers wanted to celebrate my birthday with me.
I started with a drink. A Caipiroska. Much like a Caipirinha, this beverage is muddled lime and sugar with vodka instead of rum. Or like a mojito… but this was better. It was not too sweet. Was nice and fresh tasting with all the fresh limes and delivered quite a buzz.
The ladies sipped wine and bellinis.
We split a pizza to hold us over until happy hour commenced. Nice thin crust, warm gooey cheese and fresh tomatoes and basil.
we also split some bruschetta.
And for a healthy bite- a steak salad with gorgonzola and walnuts.
After what seemed like a few minutes, it was now 5 pm. So we picked up our things, paid our bill and parked at the bar where we proceeded to…um… stuff our pretty little faces.
At the bar, i ordered their signature drink. Lemon ice, ice cream and Vodka. Its amazing!
The moment we were seated, the apps started to fly out of the kitchen. You dont have a choice in what you get… but its pretty good. I just really wish i didnt have so much food before the free food.
Proscuitto and cheese on a crisp baguette.
with wine! (duh)
A veggie wrap with an aioli spread.
Fancy meat and cheese platter.
Freshly sliced mortadella.
Rigatoni a la vodka.
I had to tap out at 6:45 because there was even more stuff flying out of the kitchen. Pizza. flatbread. more pasta. Good lord.
And the best part?
I asked my sweet bartender, Mariano, for my portion of the check which was the lemon ice beverage. My total for the happy hour with unlimited food? $6.50.
Six Dollars. and FIFTY Cents.
I just found my new “Im broke, need a drink and a good dinner” spot.