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NYC's Best Summer 2016 Menus: Happy Hours, Farm-To-Table, More

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Looking for a place to grab a light bite this summer? Here are five restaurants that are offering everything from farm-to-table dishes to Summer Friday happy hour deals. By Carly Petrone.

Ocean Prime
Ocean Prime, a restaurant in Midtown, was designed with volume in mind. (Credit: CBS2)

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Celebrate the end of your work week at Ocean Prime. Take advantage of their special #TGISF (Thank Gooness It's Summer Friday) happy hour menu that's available from 2 p.m. – 11 p.m. every Friday through September 2nd. You can nosh on $1 oysters, $10 sushi rolls and $10 glasses of Veuve Clicquot, Moet Imperial or specialty cocktails. Some of our favorites include the Prime Margarita (tequila, elderflower, ruby red grapefruit, and agave nectar) as well as the Gin Blossom (gin, yellow chartreuse, fresh lemon, egg white, sparkling wine and Chinese bitters). I mean, who can really say no to $10 lobster and tuna rolls? Learn more about the menu here.

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Executive Chef Julien Wargnies is certainly celebrating summer over at Tocqueville. For more than a decade, this restaurant has paid homage to the warmer season with a special Summer Greenmarket Menu. From now until Labor Day, guests can enjoy a three-course menu (which changes daily) that's created with the freshest produce from the greenmarket. Imagine scooping up a bite of Zucchini Soup with Squash Blossoms or Seafood Risotto with lobster, mussels, and clams. Plus, there's always dessert! Savor each bite of Mint Semifreddo with peaches, followed by homemade cookies and chocolates. Lunch ($48) or dinner ($64) can be paired with a flight of local wines for an additional $30.

Hakkasan NY
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In anticipation of the fall opening of Ling Ling Marackech, Hakkasan New York is featuring a trio of cocktails paired with one piece of signature Hakkasan dim sum – a Venison puff, Duck roll, and Sesame prawn toast. Sip on the Bitter Fortune, one of the original cocktails available at the first Ling Ling in London. It consists of Tanqueray No. Ten, Aperol, rhubarb liqueur, pink grapefruit, lime, and peach bitters. The second cocktail, the Golden Mare, is enhanced with Mediterranean herbs, rosemary, and basil while the third, the Chilli Coupette, is inspired by the fragrant spices of Morocco such as cardamom and chili. You'll be taken around the world in the matter of minutes! This cocktail flight and three dim sum ($30) is available now through August 31st in the Ling Ling Lounge and bar at Hakkasan New York.

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Summer Fridays just got more exciting! For the first time ever, Scarpetta is opening up its doors for a weekend apertivo hour (best enjoyed al fresco on the patio, of course). Chef Jorge Espinoza is serving up some indulgent light bites such as crudo trios, fried olives stuffed with homemade sausage, beet salad, and more. You can also enjoy an appetizer portion of their signature tomato basil spaghetti. Sip on a glass of rose or a classic aperol spritz and cheers to another work week in the books – people watching is also highly encouraged. Menu available Friday-Saturday from 3 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. and Sunday from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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Chefs Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli are cooking up quite a refreshing summer menu over at dinnertable. Start out your meal with a light seafood bite – the Montauk Pearl Oysters or Scallop Crudo are excellent choices. Traditional dishes are also getting an updated twist -– the Artichoke Falafel with housemade spiced yogurt, honey, and tahini as well as the Chrysanthemum Salad with colatura-spiked Caesar dressing aren't things you see on a dinner menu very often. Finally, end your meal with their Amalfi "Sgroppino" – Sorrento lemon sorbet with Prosecco granita. You'll fee just a little bit closer to Venice after taking a few bites of thise frozen treat.

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Carly Petrone is the founder of Petrone on the Rocks, a lifestyle site about food, drinks, beauty, travel, and more. She lives in New York City.


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