The Happiest Hour
The Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House
Description: A swanky joint occupying the ground level of the former Brooklyn Hotel.
Decor: Futuristic high-back swivel chairs subtly resembling spaceship pods, a magnificent copper-top bar, and on display behind it, the day's variety of oysters resting in quiet terror on a bed of ice.
Lesser-known uses for oysters: The main ingredient of oyster ice cream (a Japanese treat that will never, ever catch on here); a rudimentary-yet-deeply-effective alien-guts special effect, most famously used in the face-hugger autopsy scene of Ridley Scott's Alien (1979).
Happy hours: Sun–Fri 4–6:30 pm, Sat 3–6:30 pm.
Happy-hour drink specials: $3 select wines, $3 drafts (Rogue Brutal Bitter, Pike Kilt Lifter), $4 select call cocktails, and a batch of $5 deals—martinis, manhattans, or the cocktail of the day (Wednesday is basil gimlet).
Happy-hour food specials: $1 fresh oyster on the half shell, $5 wild-salmon croquettes, and more.