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What to Do in Midtown East on Thursday

Tim Welsh Explore New York

Just because it’s a Thursday doesn’t mean you have nothing to do. Quite the contrary, especially in Midtown.

Midtown East is one of the busiest areas of NYC thanks to the proximity to Central Park, 5th Avenue, Broadway, Times Square, and almost all of the famous landmarks you know like the Empire State Building.

Once you’ve explored the sites, you’re going to be ready to grab a drink or a bite to eat because walking around NYC certainly builds the appetite!

Midtown East Bars

Some of the best Midtown East bars can be found between 51st and 54th street. They include such locales as Crimson & Rye, Draught 55, Hudson Malone, and The Stag’s Head.

It’s worth noting that not all Midtown East bars have a happy hour, so take note to make sure you don’t end up wandering around aimlessly.

To help you out, here’s a quick list of where you can find the best happy hour options.

The Stag’s Head – 252 E 51st St

Happy hour runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the week. You can get a beer, wine, well drinks, and sangria for anywhere between $5-$6 per drink.

They do have a bar food menu, too, so you can get something to eat if you needed something to go with that beer.

Grand Central Oyster Bar – 89 E 42nd St

If you enjoy oysters, chowders, calamari, wine, beer, or martinis, then this is the place for you. Happy hour happens Monday through Wednesday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Prices are excellent with $1 oysters, $3.25 for chowder, and beer for $5-$6 per drink. Wine and martinis run between $7-$8 per glass, too.

Draught 55 – 245 E 55th St

Weekdays from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., you’ll find a happy hour at Draught 55 with drinks priced just right at $5 well drinks, beer, and wine.

If you’re hungry, there’s a great menu that also provides plenty of vegetarian or gluten-free choices as well.

Midtown East Restaurants

Here are some of the best Midtown East restaurants that will satisfy your palate.

Sakagura – 411 E 43rd St

If you want Japanese, make it a point to stop at Sakagura off of 43rd. The Japanese eatery is easy to miss as it is nearly hidden at the base of an office building. It’s worth finding, though, for a delectable plate of sushi.

Make sure you make a reservation at least a week in advance if you have a party of 7 or greater. If you don’t, you risk being turned away.

NAYA – 1057 Second Ave

Lebanese options can be found at NAYA off of 3rd Ave., and has a more contemporary look to it. Right around the corner from Grand Central, this restaurant is popular with the locals.

Socarrat Paella Bar – 953 2nd Ave

For food with a Spanish flair, head over to the Socarrat Paella Bar off of 2nd. They also have other locations in various parts of NYC.

La Grenouille – 3 E 52nd St

If you’re in the mood for French food, La Grenouille has a solidly established reputation for being excellent since 1962. You may want to consider reservations to make sure you have a seat.

P.J. Clarke’s – 915 Third Ave

Let’s say burgers and beer are more your thing. If that’s the case, talk a walk up 3rd and find P.J. Clarke’s for some of the best of both. They say they are virtually unchanged since it opened in 1884.

More Fun Outings

There are always fun things to see and do, too. The New York Comedy Club on 24th St regularly has new acts on the books, so look them up to see what’s happening while you’re in town.

You might even find some Drunk Yoga to partake in. Get your drink and your workout in while you’re visiting. It could be fun!