701 W. 135th St.
New York, NY 10031
Sunday through Thursday 4:00pm-close.
Happy Hour Deal:
$5 cocktails (Acai Sangria, Rollo’s Limeaid, VeeV Rum Punch, Red Bull Candy Cocktail, XO VeeVagra Shot, Skyy Infusion Cocktails), $3 bottled beers, and select bar bites.
After an often odd walk underneath the bridge next to New York’s Riverside Dr. and Hudson River in West Harlem lies this beautiful treasure, Covo Trattoria, a gorgeously styled, slightly rustic Italian/Pizzeria restaurant. With a patio for warmer months, a gorgeous open kitchen with brick-oven and enough authentic Italian atmosphere to challenge your mom’s best spaghetti, discovering this place was a true treat. Restaurant aside, the true magic of this place happens upstairs in its quiet bar and lounge where one of the area’s longest lasting happy hours awaits. Initially shocked at how empty the bar area was, it was the perfect solitude to enjoy the deals, which lasts for an impressive 8 hours nearly every day of the week. The calm sophistication of the decor matched with beautiful artwork and exposed brick surroundings invited a touch of elegance. It also made for enjoyment of the contrasting musical selection (mostly throwback and contemporary R&B hits and Hip-Hop). At the first visit, it was easy to try nearly all the specialty cocktails offered (and at only $5, it was a steal). The bartender was very knowledgeable and was eager to suggests his favorites, his specialties and what would pair best with the food selected. With several vintage couches and chaise lounges, the area is perfect for both intimate settings as well as slightly larger gatherings. The warm but dim lighting naturally helps to evoke conversation and the fact that the spot is rarely packed makes the ease of getting drinks remarkable.
Speaking of drinks. The selection of specialty cocktails is mostly Skyy Vodka Infusions based with a few other selections for variety. The rum punch offered is delicious as well as both the red and white acai sangrias. The only drink to slightly stray away from is the offered margarita selection (oddly enough it isn’t the strongest or best tasting available). It’s easy to get carried away at this spot but even easier to enjoy!
(Written by CJ)
-The Students of Happy Hour