Happy Hour: Rock-N-Sake in Chelsea


Located on a quiet street in Chelsea, Rock-N-Sake doesn't look like an exciting spot to hit happy hour. Ah, but looks can be deceiving and despite the cheesy pop music and large nightclub reminiscent bar, lit up in neon colors from below, it's an awesome joint. This may be partly due to the lack of people on a cold Tuesday night, and personally, I don't like bumping elbows while trying to unwind with a drink. Rock-N-Sake got more kudos when I saw the bathroom. Not only clean (always a plus), but hypnotic with kung-fu movies playing on the floor.

The Happy Deal: It runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with munchies like crab shumai, shrimp and veggie tempura, sushi rolls, edamame, and sesame chicken—all $4 each. Now, for the real deal, Rock-N-Sake's drink happy hour. They special combo includes a large Sapporo and large sake ($10), small sake ($3), and large sake ($5). They also have a special on normal sized bottled beer, $5 each, but this didn't seem like a good deal at all, especially after being served a giant beer with the sake special.

In Conclusion: I have to warn you that combining sake and beer can have dire consequences, even after just consuming a row of tasty crab shumai and heavily breaded tempura. On that note, I would suggest not drinking both. Instead, bring a friend for sharing purposes, but make sure to order your own spicy tuna roll, as this isn't for sharing. Don't be shy about ordering more either, the bartender was nice—even after I dropped one of the beer glasses.


138 West 25th Street (b/n 6th and 7th Avenues.; map) New York, NY 10001 212-255-7253

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