Sea cucumbers, the camels of the ocean, have the fantastic ability to survive for up to half a year without water. Fill your own tank with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of chic bar fare and drinks at Rapture Lounge in Astoria. This deal is valid during happy hour (5–8 p.m. every day).
Rapture's vibe is made of plush armchairs, comfy sofas, soft rainbow lighting, and more flickering candles than Count Chocula's boudoir. New York magazine characterizes it as "the cool college living room you always wanted but could never afford." Sink into the scene and sink canines into garlic fries ($7), plantain empanadas ($7), or a veggie crêpe of red peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and mozzarella ($8). A Cuban sandwich with shredded pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles ($10) fits into your right hand, leaving space in your left for a cocktail. These potent potions are playfully concocted, with names such as Tie Me to the Bedpost (a mixture of Southern Comfort, coconut rum, peach schnapps, and fruit juices, $11), and 1-900-F*ckmeup (a tipple of just about every fruit liquor in existence, $11). Lots of wines make the less hardcore feel welcome, and a pitcher of Blue Moon or Magic Hat #9 solves any alcohol-related disagreements ($22).
- Rapture is a welcome addition in Astoria: a place where both misplaced hipsters and clique-y locals can feel at home. With low velvet couches, plush leather chairs, brick walls, lava lamps and pop art, Rapture is like the cool college living room you always wanted but could never afford. – Jen McClure, New York magazine