Unlike drinking alone at home, drinking in a friendly bar never ends with a heated thumb-war tournament. Head out for a night of mingling with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of sophisticated eats and thirst quenchers at Traffic Restaurant & Bar. Traffic is located in the heart of Midtown on 2nd Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets.
Traffic's menu dabbles in classy fare without sacrificing any finger friendliness. Tell ma to take a look at your lack of fork while eating baked mac 'n' cheese, breaded with parsley and parmesan cheese ($8) or a homemade hummus and cheese platter stocked with olives and a trio of gorgonzola, brie, and goat cheese aside flatbread ($9). Please the crowd with a mini burger-madness platter comprised of 10 pint-sized sirloin patties dressed in savory sauces and cheeses on a bed of french fries or onion rings ($36). Technically you could hand-shovel a chicken caesar salad ($12) or an asian steak salad ($13), but then the chef wouldn't appreciate your high five nearly as much.
By day, more than 20 screens show the games of your favorite sports companies. After dark, however, Traffic's lights illuminate midtown Manhattan's nightlife, turning green when there is a drink special and red when there isn't. Flowing mirrors reflect the glow of candlelit counters wrapping through cozy lounge coves. Two bars on two levels provide 3,500 square feet of evening playground for drinking brews, scotch, or any of the signature specialty cocktails.
- Best in midtown east for sports or happy hour. Hidden gem. – Devon G., Yelp, 01/28/2010
- great for happy hour, private parties, catching up with friends - you name it, they can handle it. staff is super friendly and attentive. a great bar. – EllenGriswold, Zagat
- The bartenders were friendly, the drinks were strong, and the prices were very reasonable...Great place, thumbs up. – VeryHappy1, Citysearch
986 2nd Ave.
New York, New York 10022Get Directions