Viceroy

Cheap well drinks, tony ambiance, severed heads. And sparks ignite when Widow's Kiss meets red-pepper hummus.

Second Avenue offers a wide variety of drinking holes, and Viceroy is among the snazziest. One of Linda Derschang's joints, this place offers the same familiar coziness (and taxidermied heads) as Linda's, but with a bit more swank: square leather couches, clean lines, and a reliable preponderance of good-looking hipsters. Happy hour is an easy 5–8 p.m. daily, with $3 well drinks and $1 off top-shelf cocktails. Stopping by after work, two friends and I tipped back a few tasty vodka tonics ($6) and indulged in a smattering of appetizers, including delectably briny olives with rosemary and lemon ($4), and salty good Spanish almonds ($4). The showstopper was the roasted red pepper hummus, which we dipped into using crispy, addictive La Panzanella flatbread ($6). We polished off a pleasing cheese plate (Brie, cheddar, and Stilton, $8), though we'd hoped for a more exotic selection, The seasonal drink menu features a selection of distinctive concoctions including the Widow's Kiss, made with Applejack, Chartreuse, Benedictine, and bitters, and a new-fangled Old Fashioned, crafted with Woodford Reserve bourbon, orange, sugar, and bitters (both $7). These warming liquid indulgences, paired with some nice nosh (and a nice view), enhance this hot spot, making it a perfect place to while away an hour or so after work. ADRIANA GRANT

 
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