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You may not always be able to arrive during the hour that bars offer “happy”, whereas McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant allots Monday – Friday 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and then 9:30 p.m. to closing time to drink, eat and be full.

If you’re expecting a free buffet or chips and dips, this is not the place for you. Quality food that gives this midtown Manhattan restaurant it’s great reputation makes up the Happy Hour Menu, which changes every 3-4 weeks.

Today’s (June 3) fare just changed and since you won’t find it online, I’m going to spell it out for you. The choices are listed per price. $1.95: Blackened Fish Taco with cabbage and Pico del Gallo – big seller; French Fried Potatoes with garlic, parmesan and herb butter; Spinach & Artichoke Dip with fried pita chips; Yellowfin Yaki “Tuna” Skewer with teriyaki, green onions and sesame. $2.95 – Half Pound Cheeseburger with French Fries – very popular.

$3.95: Buffalo Chicken Wings with blue cheese dressing; Baked Oysters Rockefeller with bacon and Pernot spinach with cheese; Red Curry Steamed Mussels with tomato concasse and basil chiffonade (doesn’t that make it sound yummier?); Pita Bread Pizza with bay shrimp and basil.

For $4.95 there’s: Peel & Eat Shrimp, chilled with cocktail sauce; Tandoori Chicken Satay with cucumber raita; Chicken BBQ Sliders with Cajun chips; Gulf Shrimp Lettuce Wrap with ginger sambal (ginger, garlic, shallots, peppers, onions, vinegar and fresh herbs).

The deal is a $3.50 minimum beverage purchase per person. To give you a few ideas of prices…a soda costs $3.50 plus tax and fresh squeezed juice will run you $3.75 . If you’re underage or do not wish to have alcohol those are a few options as well as a drink menu of non-alcoholic tasty combos. All draft beers cost $7.

You can expect A featured Classic Cocktail. This one was “The Raspberry Crusta”, composed of Stoli Raspberry, Maraschino Liqueur, fresh citrus and bitters, served up with a super-fine sugar rim ($11.00). I found a really delicious drink while I was dining there called, “Caipirinha”. They use a Brazilian rum, Cachaca, and add crushed lime wedges with a touch of sugar ($11.75).

If you’d like to hear more about McCormick & Schmick’s listen to Whirl With Merle on www.blogtalk.com when I interviewed Chef Chris Sellati on 5/14/09. McCormick & Schmick’s is located at 1285 Avenue of the Americas (entrance on 52nd St.).

THE CD SCENE If you missed a Broadway show or want to hang in the memories of it, Ghostlight Records and a few other companies has some recent ones that include a booklet with a synopsis, photos and lyrics to at least feel as if you were at the theatre. The Original Cast Recordings include: “13”, “Next To Normal”, “In The Heights”, and the recent cast of “Hair” and “West Side Story”. For nostalgia, you can now get the Original Cast Highlights from “Les Miz”.

“Hallways: The Songs of Carol Hall” has her composed songs sung by those who made them famous such as Amanda McBride, Lesley Gore and even Carol Hall herself. Bobby Gosh performs “Jenny Rebecca”. Carol Hall is an award-winning lyricist/composer for Broadway and film. You can listen to song previews on www.carolhall.net.

An Anti-aging perfume? Eau Jeunesse, a Harvey Prince exclusive, has recently produced a potent perfume potion that is infused with the “age transforming power of pink grapefruit, luscious mango, anti oxidant pomegranate, jasmine and musk. This patent pending formula has been clinically proven to be a youthful scent. This is the essence of Ageless.” I have samples of their roll-on bottles that retail for about $20. If you go to my website www.merleswhirls.com and contact me via email, I will send you a bottle for free…just need to have you pay the postage…not the “handling”. My take on this? I don’t know if I smell ten years younger (I don’t know what a 50-year-old is supposed to smell like) but the scent is wonderful! You can check out the info on this on www.harveyprince.com

It’s time for my yearly report on Provincetown. I will have explored not only the town itself but driving around Cape Cod for some interested culinary activities like stopping in the town of Sandwich for a sandwich and hearing about an upcoming sandwich event. Hoping to take a trip aboard a lobster boat via Townsend Lobster, going to a cranberry bog in Harwich and setting off to Dennis to wallow in the waters of an oyster farm.

June 11, 2009 - Queens Times


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