Some excellent noshes await at Zane + Wylie’s Seattle Steakhouse’s happy hour, while Tribeca Kitchen & Bar offers a safe menu, aimed for mass appeal.
Our barhopping led us to Olive Way into the scrum of downtown rush hour. Luckily, we didn’t have to stumble far. Two new happy hours within a block.
Tribeca Kitchen & Bar sits on the ground floor of The Olivan Luxury Highrise, which may explain a drink menu that looks cribbed from some hotel lobby bar. Cocktail menu covers a wide demographic: for the 5-o’clock-office workers: a Vesper and a Black Manhattan; for the college crowd, Long Island Iced Tea. Or a shot of cinnamon whiskey made in house ($7 for a shot, $10 if you want it with a beer chaser.)
Its name conjures some swank-hip, NY grub hub, but in reality, its kindred spirit is closer to The Cheesecake Factory.
The bar menu features pizzas, tacos, fried rice and poutine. It’s a safe menu, aimed for mass appeal, similar to what you would find at any chain restaurant in a mall. You want it, they got it. And served in large portions.
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Most notable was the milky-rich mozzarella on the Margherita. Beyond that, the meatballs tasted like meatloaf. The deep-fried battered cauliflowers are paired with chipotle aioli and lime sour cream so that you can dip and dip again.
The bar food is inoffensive for all tastes, and in any event, is forgotten as soon as you eat it.
809 Olive Way, downtown, (Seattle), offers happy hour weekdays 4-7 p.m. with discounted entrees and appetizers from $6-$14, $6 beer and wine, $7 well drinks. 206-588-2090 tribecaseattle.com/restaurant
Zane + Wylie’s Seattle Steakhouse may be the first steakhouse to not hawk a burger during happy hour. It may also be the only steakhouse where the barman plops down more Rainier tallboys than dry martinis around the horseshoe bar.
Happy-hour Rainiers go for two bucks, and bar bites from deviled eggs to steak tartare ($2-$6) are priced more for the downtown denizens than the expense-account suits.
Some excellent noshes. Succulent, braised octopus bits were served over a bed of seaweed salad, cut with a citrusy Asian vinaigrette; grilled beef tenderloin skewers were coated in a thick, charred crust to contrast with the buttery meat. The Kennebec potato chips were right out of the deep-fryer. ($3 for a bowl of housemade chips, $5 if you want it with the French onion dip.)
The cheapskates who miss happy hour can order a steak sandwich (prime, New York steak), smothered with melted provolone, saute peppers and comes with a mound of fries. It’s dinner for $16.
624 Olive Way, downtown, (Seattle), offers happy hour daily 4-6 p.m. with $2-$6 snacks, $2 Rainier Tallboy, $4 draft beer, $5 wine, cocktails $7-$9. 206-397-4287, on Facebook (website pending.)