Midtown Happy Hour: Channel 4 Bait & Switch!
Seeing as how today is technically *like* a Friday, and the night before Thanksgiving is one of the greatest drinking nights of the year- we figured it would be a good day for one of Mamacita’s Happy Hour posts. Unfortunately, when we checked in with her- all we got was an earful of misery. Here’s her most recent happy hour encounter…
It seems fitting that in light of yesterday’s House of Brews grievances we continue today our pre-Thanksgiving hate-a-thon with a tale of woe that all started out with my search for a happy hour with a “free buffet” (I know Zach’s ears just perked up…) I had caught word that Channel 4 Restaurant and Bar 48th St (btw. 5+6th) had a weekly complimentary buffet during happy hour. A quick look at their website did not exactly thrill me (“Channel 4 is back to serving lunch, dinner and cocktails to NBC’s high-profile executives and on-air talent, as well as keeping up with the constant buzz in and around Rockefeller Center”) but when free buffet is involved, I’m willing to put up with some nonsense.
Leary of wasting my time, I called and asked if the buffet was in fact being served. Reassured that it was, I set forth with a thirsty liver and grumbling gut, ready to rub elbows with NBC celebrities.
The bar was packed with executive types talking business. I was prepared to excuse the scenery as I was here for the drinks and eats. Unfortunately there was no buffet (not even a bowl of salted peanuts) and my humble Yuengling draft cost a very un-Midtown Munch’ish $7 bucks.
In Rock Center I’ve come to expect some lame and overpriced bars, but this phantom buffet draws the line. While Katie Couric and Al Roker at least have a symbolic presence via the painted mural on the wall, my light wallet and empty stomach proved this to be a complete Midtown bait and switch.
Photos and post by Mamacita