• HOURS: 5-7PM; 10PM-Midnight, Mon-Sat (drink specials until close).
• PRICES: $5 wells and select wine, $1 off draft beers, $7 Martinis and Manhattans.
Union’s happy hour is a perspective-altering happy hour if ever there was one. It reminds me of the first time I went home with my roommate during my freshman year of college. It was a Tuesday night and her parents handed us a takeout menu which featured 10-12 Italian-inspired dishes, the cheapest of which was $25 (we’re talking 1996, remember). “They eat their every night” said my roommate with a roll of her eyes. Woah.
I can’t remember what I ate, but I know it was exquisite. And I know that, more than the woman who made my bed while I was in the shower or the Tiffany and Co boxes stacked up in the mudroom, it impressed upon me the idea that some people live very differently than the rest of us.
But the rest of us can still have it pretty good. Witness duck carpaccio. At Union, during happy hour, Ethan Stowell prices it at $8, slices it into adorable little strips and garnishs with parsley. You can’t so much eat it without ordering some focaccia ($2) but still, this is pretty haute for HH.
Then there are the pastas ($8). Order the tagliarini studded with meaty manila clams and maybe the rabbit bolognese, and you’ve got a light meal for two—none of the usual HH compromises required.
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