Below you'll find an eclectic sampling of restaurants and bars slinging fairly priced pitchers of sangria in Manhattan, the outer boroughs and even a little gem that's just a 35-minute train ride north of Grand Central. These are happy hour landing spots for those looking to enjoy the weekend on a budget.
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104 7th Ave. S.
New York, NY 10014
Too many other restaurants and bars either overdo the wine or fruit portions, but Pio Pio manages to find a perfect balance. The sangria features a noticeable and refreshing sweetness while maintaining the white wine's inherent aroma and lingering oak notes. To put it simply, it's one of the most enjoyable drinks to be had in Manhattan.
4011 Bell Blvd.
Queens, NY 11361
Bayside's Bell Boulevard features some of the best restaurants in Queens, and at its center is Press 195. Specializing in gourmet sandwiches and some of the best fries around, the Press 195 management also takes pride in its beers, cocktails and flavorful pitchers of white sangria. With a plentiful serving of fruit found floating in every glass, you'll find yourself unabashedly chewing down some wine-soaked chunks before your meal. Whether you're a Queens native or feel like taking a train ride from Penn Station, Press 195 is worth the trip and is a great way to start your night out.
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Rosarito Fish Shack
168 Wythe Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Brooklyn-based Rosarito Fish Shack will serve you a solid and refreshing glass of sangria at a very reasonable price. Many visit for the restaurant's two-for-one special, which one local described as, "Nothing crazy, but good and cheap." Come in and enjoy a refreshing sangria; you'll be glad you did.
Lola's Mexican Kitchen
169 E. Post Road
White Plains, NY 10601
Ever since the Ritz Carlton built one of its hotels in the center of White Plains, it has been labeled by many as one of Westchester's most resurgent cities. Over the last 10 years, a plethora of bars, restaurants and shops have sprung up, providing the downtown area with a diverse and lively atmosphere. Highlighted by a 35-minute express train to Grand Central, White Plains is an attractive and affordable alternative to NYC living. Lola's has become a happy hour favorite for many locals. Its savory apps perfectly complement its red or white sangria that features a mix of blueberries and oranges.
Sala One Nine
35 W. 19th St.
New York, NY 10011
Sala One Nine features an intriguing atmosphere and offers reasonable prices on most of its dishes, especially where large groups are concerned. With attractive happy hour specials revolving around the sangria, it's an excellent landing spot for large groups looking to split up a pitcher after a long day.
Matt Thomas has covered Manhattan's music and arts beat since 2005. His stories and articles have appeared in The Village Voice, The Journal of American Culture, Word Riot, and many others. Read some of his other work on his blog (mattthomastown.wordpress.com) and Examiner.com.
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