Yum Yum Offers A Trinity Of Happy Hours
If you like to eat, chances are you like to drink (read: a lot of you are freakin’ lushes), so every week our Happy Hour Correspondent “Mamacita” will post about a different bar in Midtown that fits the Midtown Lunch mentality: unhealthy food, not lame (unless it’s lame in a cool way), and most importantly… cheap.
In addition to possessing a bounty of great bars with free snacks, 9th avenue is also home to the endlessly expanding Thai empire known as Yum Yum. What was once a single eatery has expanded to become Yum Yum 1, 2 and 3 –it’s tentacles spreading like an octopus between 45th Street to 46th Street (not that there is anything wrong with that…mmmm grilled octopus.) When I learned that along with tasty Thai they had food and drink specials I had to check them out.
Each Yum Yum has a slightly different happy hour special. Most are offered all day or in the case of Yum Yum 2 from 12:00 – 6.30 pm & 10.00 pm – 12.00 am.
All locations have outdoor patios and open storefronts that are inviting for a casual drink.
Inside you’ll find a stylish décor with fun wine-glass chandeliers and the de rigueur Edison-style light bulbs.
Happy hour consists of $3 beer, $5 cocktail, and $5 house wine. $3 for a Singha or Stella beer is a good deal, but house rules stipulate that one must order a $7-8 cocktail to qualify for the free grub. I asked if I could just order a few drinks to meet their quota for one free appetizer, but no luck. Undeterred, I got a drink and choose the spring rolls as my freebie.
I was expecting a steamed rice wrapper filled with veggies, instead what I got was an egg roll the size of a Vienna sausage and fully deep fried. The only identifiable filling was some carrot and cabbage. I was a bit surprised to find a sweet carrot dipping sauce instead of the usual peanut sauce.
Tasty enough I suppose and a few orders of these would make a satisfying end to a late night when you are in need of some empty calories, but at the cost of a $7 signature cocktail I think I’ll pass. Stick to the cheap beers and well drinks.
The Plus + (what someone who likes this place would say)
- $3 beers is nothing to scoff at!
- Comfortable seating and outdoor options
- If one Yum is packed, you can always hit the one next door
The Minus – (what someone who dislikes this place would say)
- In order to get the free prize you need to pony up for the high-end drinks
- If you are jonesing for Thai food this fits the bill, but there are better bars in the area
- They don’t know the difference between an egg roll and a spring roll
Yum Yum, 650 9th ave, (212) 956-0639
Yum Yum 2, 622 9th avenue (At 46th St), (212) 247-2228
Yum Yum 3, 658 9th Avenue Corner (at 46th Street), (212) 956-0639