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Sometimes after a long day at work—or even a regular day—all you want to do is relax with a cold Chardonnay or a strong Long Island Iced Tea and forget about Excel spreadsheets, marketing strategies, and the latest office politics. Which is where Happy Hour pours into your life, straight up, extra dry with a twist. Add your fellow cubicle dwellers, a spirited vibe, some drink specials, and it’s practically a party…or at least a nice break until you have to go home and deal with the kids/laundry/bills (choose one or more of the above).

Whether you’re looking for an extra-dry martini, a frosty mug of beer, or some simple munchies to tide you over until dinner, Westchester has an assortment of Happy Hours for every kind of business scenario. After all, what better way to get over hump day or jump-start your weekend than to round up your colleagues, hit a neighborhood bar, and soak up the atmosphere? (Just remember to always drink responsibly; I’m a mom, so I can’t help inserting that.) Here, our list of notable hangouts for sitting, sipping, and schmoozing.

You Want to Jump-Start Your Weekend
Ron Blacks
White Plains

Get Happy: You’ll always find space to order a drink at Ron Blacks—a plus when you’re in a workday slump and don’t feel like raising your voice to be heard. The long—60 feet—bar in the main area gives you lots of options for standing, mingling, and working the room. It also features 12 TVs and a projector so you can tune out your co-workers if they’re really boring and catch the latest scores. The tavern can be loud, and it’s always hopping—come warm weather, there’s a sizeable patio in the back as well as sidewalk seating. But perhaps its biggest claim to fame—and why many twenty- and thirtysomethings flock here—are its recessionary prices, which leave money in your wallet, even after payday. Happy Hour is every Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 pm, and features $4 draught beers and margaritas; $2 sliders, tacos, and waffle fries; and wings for just $4 an order. The pub also boasts 40 draught beers from around the globe as well as fun “tinis” made with Cachaça rum. Plus, how can you not love a place that serves beer burger with cheddar-ale dip? The fact that the interior is dark, moody, and very Irish ups its character and charm.

Drink Up: 181 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains (914) 358-5811; ronblacks.com.

You Want a Manhattan Experience Without Schlepping to the City
Fig & Olive
Scarsdale

Get Happy: Sidle up to the sleek bar where you can watch the chefs slice up a variety of crostini (you need something to soak up the alcohol, right?) or sit at the long, communal table to the left of the bar and celebrate the end of a long day (or week) with a medium-bodied Chardonnay. The selection of wines is broken up into forward fruit, medium body, full body, rosés, and sparkling wines to make your decision easier, though the inventive list of cocktails tempts.

On a diet? There’s the low-cal mojito with rum, Splenda, simple syrup, freshly muddled fruit of the day, mint, and soda; or the cucumber cosmo, mixed with vodka, orange liqueur, muddled cucumber, and fresh lime juice. Or toast your career success with fresh red sangria.

At Fig & Olive, which has three locations in the city, a lot of thought has gone into everything, right down to the assortment of olive oils on your table for dipping, making you feel a bit like a movie star (or at least a movie extra) in the glow of a perfectly lit restaurant. There are wicker lounge chairs in the front of the bar area where you can whisper about your co-workers in hushed tones while munching from a bowl of plump olives. This three-month-old eatery perfectly captures the spirit of Manhattan living with a “beautiful people” mood and that all-important suburban bonus: plenty of parking.

Drink Up: 696 Post Rd, Scarsdale (914) 725-2900; figandolive.com.

You Want to Go Someplace New
Harper’s on Main
Dobbs Ferry

Get Happy: Say hello to the little black dress of Dobbs Ferry, a still-relatively unknown restaurant and bar that manages to look chic without showing off. The space—in what formerly was Mimosa Restaurant—has been totally renovated with the spirit of the executive chef’s great aunt, Rose Harper.

Harper, who recently passed away at the ripe young age of 98, apparently was a colorful character who drank at least two glasses of Scotch every day and had a collection of shoes that numbered in the thousands (We’ll drink to that!). The fact that little snippets of her life are included in the food and drink menu add a speakeasy ambience that makes you feel like the nonagenarian party-girl is right there with you, egging you to try one of her throwback-inspirited spirits. Be adventurous and try The Charity Case (Courvoisier cognac, Navan vanilla liqueur, maraschino cherry liqueur, house-made maraschino cherry); The First Love (Chivas Regal, 12-year-old blended Scotch, honey syrup, and rosewater); or the Lost in Translation (Crop Harvest organic artisanal vodka, orange essence, cardamom, sugar syrup, Champagne float). Come spring, the outdoor deck will be open.

Drink Up: 92 Main St, Dobbs Ferry (914) 693-2306; harpersonmain.com.

To Celebrate a Promotion
Village Social
Mount Kisco

Get Happy: There’s a spirited, lively vibe at this seven-month-old space where a striking poured-concrete bar, wood-weathered décor, and just the right illumination (dim but moody) tempt you to imbibe—and celebrate your success. There’s tons of room for large groups to maneuver—this space was formerly an old car dealership and has the high ceilings to prove it—meaning you can invite the whole office—and not sweat it if everyone decides to come. The restaurant, in fact, feels like an old friend who practically envelops you in its huge eat-in bar area with a giant bear hug.

A cabinet of spirits and beverages glimmer against a mirrored back wall where the restaurant’s motto hangs: “I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time.” On a warm day, you can sit outside, though, frankly, inside is where the action is. The airy space is designed for chatting, while the variety of craft beers and standard bar fare (think fat potato “cigars” with truffle oil, fried calamari, and tempting wood-fired pizzas) will no doubt entice you to order a second round. Hey, you got a promotion—didn’t you know you’re buying?

Drink Up: 251 E Main St, Mount Kisco (914) 864-1255; villagesocialkb.com.

It’s Someone’s Birthday
bartaco
Port Chester

Get Happy: BlackBerry, Smackberry. At bartaco, it’s all about getting in a beach frame of mind, imagining you’re at a Mexican taqueria where the sun is always shining and the reception for your electronic devices is null and void. In other words, par-TAY!

And if you’re the birthday girl or guy, all the better. For one, it’s relatively inexpensive here so your colleagues (even the ones that felt they “had” to come) won’t mind chipping in on your behalf.

The other: the three-month-old space has an undeniable energy that instantly puts you in a good mood (the made-from-scratch margaritas help). If you didn’t come right from work, in fact, you’d want to put on shorts and flip-flops and imagine—at least for the hour or so that you’re here—that you are far, far away. That’s because the room has a resorty feel with crisp blues and whites accented by wood paneling and hanging basket-weave light fixtures, oscillating ceiling fans and two bars: one outside on the deck, which overlooks the river and features two fire pits, and one inside.

Drinks are the real deal here, and boast state-of-the-art juicers to ensure freshly-squeezed juice in all of the cocktails. Even more impressive: the 25-plus tequilas to choose from (imported beer is also big) as well as 11 sizeable tacos that meet the needs of every carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore (they are $2.50 each, or you can order three for $7). And, since it’s your birthday, why not toast everyone’s health with Mama’s Lil Yellow Pils bottled cerveza (beer) or the Old Thymer (Boullet bourbon plus Carpano Antica vermouth with thyme, lemon, and orange). Salud!

Drink Up: 1 Willett Ave, Port Chester (914) 937-TACO; bartaco.com.

You Want to Share Office Gossip
Goldfish
Ossining

Get Happy: If the bowl of Goldfish on the bar dosen’t take you out of your work funk, what will? This beloved childhood snack actually works well paired with one of the many drink specials including cosmos, draught beers, and wines—all of which are priced at a very “happy” price of $4 for cosmos and mixed drinks, $3 for draught beers, $4 for white wine, and $4 for red, Thursdays to Sundays 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Other interesting drinks include the Black Cherry Cosmo (black cherry vodka, Triple Sec, cranberry juice, lime garnish); the Peach Mojio-tini (peach rum, fresh mint, lime juice, sugar, splash of club soda, sugar rim garnish); or Grapetini (Ciroc grape distilled vodka, Champagne, white grape juice, grape garnish). Despite the fact that this restaurant is housed in a former speakeasy and reeks of history, it’s modern and light inside with neon blue lights at the bottom of the bar for a bottom-of-the-ocean look (sounds weird but, trust me, it’s funky and works well with the décor). There’s also a large aquarium filled with fish (a fun conversation piece) that hangs in the dining room but in view of the bar.

Because the restaurant is a bit off the beaten path (on a quiet residential street) and tends to draw an older clientele, it’s perfect for quiet conversation when you have some work gripes to get off your chest. It’s also ideal for sports fans who want “in the know” information, as “Mr. Tommy Dee,” the bartender, is an undercover sports expert and social media guru who writes for SNY.TV (the Mets network). He also has a blog called theknicksblog.com with tens of thousands of followers. So if you want to know where a player is going or how much he is going to get paid before it happens, stop by and maybe, just maybe, you’ll get the scoop.

Drink Up: 6 Rockledge Ave, Ossining (914) 762-0051; goldfishdining.com.

You Might Want to Stay for Dinner
Arrosto
Port Chester

Get Happy: Arrosto is all about being social and mingling, which is why coming for a drink here—and possibly staying for dinner—is so enjoyable. For one, there’s the casually elegant atmosphere—an urban-chic vibe with high tables in the bar area; booths and low tables in the main dining area. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the open kitchen area where you can sit around the counter and watch the action while sipping on a house-made concoction. The mixed drinks have a polished flair that feels like something the Sex and the City girls would order. Among the selections: Pom Collins (gin with pomegranate liqueur, lemon juice, and club soda); the Frizzante Mojito (aged rum, fresh lime, mint, and Prosecco); and the very refreshing/perfect-for-spring Negroni Arrosto (a creative twist on the original with Prosecco, Antico Carpano, and Aperol); as well as nicely selected wine and beer list. Happy Hour is Monday to Thursday 5 to 7 pm with half price wine/draught beer-by-the-glass. “Try a little. Try a lot,Ë® teases the menu. After an hour of hanging with the work-folk, order up the “Arrosti” dishes served family-style, including meat and fish roasts, or select one of the gourmet pizza options served fresh from the restaurant’s centrally located wood-burning oven.

Drink Up: 25 S Regent St, Port Chester (914) 939-2727; arrostorestaurant.com.

You Need to Zone Out
Rainwater Grill
Hastings-on-Hudson

Get Happy: Once you see the calming waterfall behind the bar, you can’t help zoning in on its tranquility. The Happy Hour spoils you further with its extensive list of take-you-back-to-your-childhood drinks with Peanut Butter Cup (Godiva dark, Castries, Grey Goose with a peanut-butter-cup rim); Bazooka Joe (Blue Curacao, Baileys, and Crème de Banana); and Fruity Pebbles (Bacardi Dragonberry, OJ, strawberry purée, cream, and Grenadine). All are good conversation starters if you’ve come with new co-workers and need an icebreaker (though the waterfall helps). Happy Hour is held every Monday to Friday 3 to 7 pm with reduced priced drinks (usually $3 or $4 for beer, $5 for wine and other house drinks). If you’re in the mood for music, come on a Thursday night at 7, when acoustic rock duo Bob & Norm perform hits of decades from the ‘60s to today. There are also four large TVs scattered throughout the bar area (complete with two lounge areas, comfy sofas, and pub tables) to catch up on with your sports team.

Drink Up: 19 Main St, Hastings-on-Hudson (914) 478-1147; rainwatergrill.com.

 

 

You Want to Watch the Game (Any Game!)
Bob Hyland’s Sports Page Pub
White Plains

Get Happy: There’s something about the camaraderie (and loud shouting) of a sports bar, despite the fact that you may have your own high-def TV at home, that makes Happy Hour so—pardon the business phrase—“actionable.”

The Sports Page is a hard-core sports fanatics’ paradise—a great place to hang with like-minded colleagues and tune in to one of the 50 TVs showing a host of games, everything from pro sports to women’s basketball to big-time college games and even high-school events, especially if they are local. Add to that a Nintendo Wii system, complimentary appetizers, and one-dollar off drinks Monday to Friday from 4:30 to 7 pm, and you’ve got yourself a nice little setup where owner Bob Hyland likes to say, “We’re happy all the time.” It’s like going to a game without the expense.

Bonus points for the nice spread of chicken fingers, wedges, wings, crudités, and the hot dog or taco bar where you can help yourself to a bunch of fixins’ while chatting about a championship. The other bonus: they’ll validate parking for anyone with a check over $20. Game on!

Drink Up: 200 Hamilton Ave, White Plains (914) 437-8721; sportspagepub.com.

You’re a Beer Lover
Peekskill Brewery
Peekskill

Get Happy: It’s impossible to list all of the impressive specials of this playful, low-key brewpub where Brewmaster Neill Acer concocts an assortment of frosty seasonable suds. One night might include specialty brews such as Old Wagon Ale aged in Tuthillton Rye Barrels. “Hoppy” Hour (get it?) is Monday to Friday 3:30 to 6:30 pm and includes a choice of 16 draught and about 40 bottle beers (mostly specialty selections), as well as at the core brands brewed on the premises—Paramount Pale Ale, Hop Common, Old Wagon, and Vanilla Bourbon Stout. Talk about fresh—and persuasive. Hoppy Hour—ya gotta love that name—also includes $5 pub snacks and $2 off pints, as well as $2 off all wines-by-the-glass (it has a 20-or-so-bottle list, all carefully hand-selected so wine lovers and beer lovers can mix and mingle). As a way to get you in a better Monday frame of mind, there’s even a Sunday night Hoppy Hour from 9 pm to closing (about 1 am) Also worth noting: The food is prepared to match your beer choices—just another thing to drink to.

Drink Up: 55 Hudson Ave, Peekskill (914) 734-2337; thepeekskillbrewery.com.

You Want Free Bar Food
JC Fogarty’s
Bronxville

Get Happy: Nine-to-fivers crowd the bar here to loosen their ties and unwind before digging into a scrumptious buffet of wings, nachos, potato skins, shepherd’s pie, and quiche. It’s a rotating menu picked from the kitchen but there’s always enough to feed hungry suits who are often so busy they skip lunch. The buffet is offered every Thursday and Fridays from 4 to 7 pm, as well as on days when there’s a big game on TV. There’s karaoke every Wednesday night starting at 10 pm, often led by Nick Moustakas, a virtual legend in Westchester with a huge following and a whole lotta tunes. Even if you don’t stay until the music starts, you’ll enjoy the convivial feeling of this standard, no-frills Irish bar with its electric fireplace, cozy side booths, and plenty of open space for mingling.

Drink Up: 60 Kraft Ave, Bronxville (914) 337-1122; jcfogartys.com.

You’re in a Mad Men State of Mind
Benjamin Steak House
White Plains

Get Happy: Few experiences compare to the pleasure of sitting at a bar surrounded by the aromas of thick, juicy steaks as you sip your way through a cavernous glass of red wine. Benjamin Steak House, in the space formerly occupied by Mighty Joe Young’s, is the kind of place you could easily envision Don Draper of TV’s Mad Men. The dark wood floors, the banquette seating, the burgundy booths, the chocolate leather chairs—it’s here among the accoutrements of a classic steakhouse that you can experience the simple, straightforward pleasure of a crisp Pinot or a buttery Chardonnay (the wine list reads like a long book). There is also a list of original cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan Martini (Absolut Citron, Cointreau orange, cranberry juice, dash of lime juice) or a Yellow Cab (Navan vanilla cognac, pineapple juice, Cointreau). Come spring, there’s a patio area outside, though, frankly, I prefer the bar, where a glass-walled wine cellar practically envelops you, encouraging you to order another glass.

Drink Up: 610 W Hartsdale Ave, White Plains (914) 428-6868; benjaminsteakhouse.com.

You Want to Enjoy (and Drink to!) the Great Outdoors
Red Hat on the River
Irvington

Get Happy: Who says you can’t have it all? At Red Hat, you’ve got delicious food, a great bar, and a gorgeous view. Enjoy the sunset from atop the restaurant’s rooftop venue where you can loosen up with the house-made Summer Sangria—a mix of strawberry purée, Cointreau, vodka, fresh juices, and red wine—and enjoy the sprawling Hudson below (if it’s a clear night, you can see Manhattan). Other drink specials include The Redhattan (Rye One Whiskey, Vya Sweet Vermouth, Angostura bitters, Tipsy Cherry) and Hendricks & Cucumber, a smooth and perfumed Scottish gin (at least according to my husband) with fresh cucumber slices.

There’s no food up here—but who cares when there are comfy cushions to sink down into and the warmth of the New York sun on your face? It feels like the Hamptons, minus the long drive. Granted, there’s not much wiggle room once the area gets crowded, but downstairs sits yet another welcoming bar where open windows give you a bird’s-eye view of the water. Seriously, is this the life or what?

Drink Up: 1 Bridge St, Irvington (914) 591-5888; redhatbistro.com.

You Want to Let Your Hair Down (or You Want to Show Off Your Inner American Idol)
Wicked Wolf Tavern
White Plains

Get Happy: It doesn’t get much better than your own drink special (more about that in a second) and a night of karaoke with your friends. And that’s just Monday nights! At “The Wolf” where the “W” practically stands for “Wild and Wacky,” there’s always something going on, thanks to its ongoing Happy Hour. From Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 pm, enjoy $3 draught beers, $3 well drinks, $4 martinis, and $5 appetizers. Plus, if you call ahead and are coming with a group of 10 or more, you can create your own discounted drink special—just contact Jesseca at (914) 428-3144 or JCarroll@BlackBearWP.com beforehand. If you want to flaunt your inner American Idol talents, bring your gear and join the Tuesday-night jam sessions with open mic. The music starts at 9 pm, when host Dan “Chopper” Carillo brings in a house band of new musicians every week. And the list goes on with “Wine Night” Wednesdays, when, for $20 per person, you get unlimited wine from 7 to 9 pm.

Drink Up: 166 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains (914) 428-3144; wickedwolfwp.com.

You Crave a Good Margarita (or You Want to Schmooze and Network with other Suits)
Hudson Grille
White Plains

Get Happy: The wide space and long bar make Happy Hour at the Hudson Grille—where premium drinks are $5 Monday to Friday from 4 to 7 pm—the ideal spot to unwind after work. Come warm weather, we also love the large back patio complete with twinkling lights. Yes, it’s a bit of a scene—but in a mature business crowd way as opposed to the other bars that line Mamaroneck Avenue and tend to draw a rowdier crowd. Plus the drinks are superb and inventive. A Mangotini made with mango purée, Absolut mango vodka, Cointreau, and garnished with a floating mint leaf is just one thirst-quencher of choice. Also high on the list: the Skinny Girl Margarita (Patron Silver, club soda, fresh lime juice); the Lush (Stolichnaya blueberry and Stolichnaya raspberry vodkas, Chambord, peach schnapps, Champagne, and fresh blueberries); and the Anti-Oxidant Cosmo (Absolut berry acai, pomegranate liquor, Triple Sec, lime juice, splash of sour mix with fresh blueberries). All of these drinks are regularly $11, but are offered at more than half off come 4 pm.

The crunchy, sea-salt-seasoned bread sticks that sit inside wrapped paper within a glass on the bar help keep your hunger at bay, though you might be tempted to order some bar food, which is just as creative as the drinks. Think filet mignon kabobs, spinach and artichoke dip with pretzel croutons, and  mini inside-out burgers with smoked bacon and cheddar, among other offerings. The restaurant also features a long list of interesting draught and bottled beers (e.g., Negra Modelo, Dog Fish, Goose Island, Shock Top, and Captain Lawrence) along with more than 40 wines-by-the-glass. Come Sunday, select bottles of wine are 50 percent off, giving you yet another reason to “get happy.”

Drink Up: 165 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains (914) 997-2000; hudsongrilleny.com.

You Want to Avoid Rush Hour:

Near the Saw Mill
Pumpernickel
Ardsley

Get Happy: The kid in you might want to try the locally brewed tap root beer or the authentic egg creams, but this casual spot, known for its awesome deals (i.e., all you can eat mussels on Mondays nights for $14.95 per person and all you can eat pasta on Wednesdays for $12.95), also is known for its inventive drinks and sense of fun. After all, the bar’s motto is “Where You Can Come for Drafts & Laughs.”

So, if you’re in a “sweet” mood, try the “Dr. Pumpernickel,” the house made root beer exclusively brewed by Captain Lawrence, blended with vanilla vodka, Crème de Cacao, and cherry flavoring. Also popular: the Tuscan Creamsicle (orange vodka, biscotti liqueur, fresh orange juice topped with half and half), and the house cocktail Pumpernickel Punch (“You’re here so you have to try it,” reads the menu). Smiling waitstaff will also sway you to be daring and try something new (they swear their “P3, Pumpernickel’s Perfect Patron Margarita” will knock your socks off). And isn’t that what Happy Hour is about? Having a good time. Relaxing. Forgetting the crazy day you had. There’s also a long list of creative martinis and cosmos including my favorite, the “Margatini” (think a margarita minus the useless ice and sour mix and more liquor), specialty frozen drinks (try the “Frozen Slides”) and a nice variety of wines and beers. All in all, a nice way to end the work day without taking you so far off the beaten track that you can’t make it home in time for dinner. Though be forewarned: you’ll want to stay, or at least make a date to come back again soon.

Drink Up: 925 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley (914) 479-5370; pumpernickelrestaurantardsley.com.

Near 287
Emma’s Ale House
White Plains

Get Happy: The world would be a better place if every neighborhood had a laid-back hangout like this. This cozy tavern with its warm wood floors, dark trim, and dog theme (it’s named for owner Casey Egan’s yellow Lab Emma) is a Happy-Hour goer’s dream with a well selected, rotating menu of 10 draught beers (including selections from local fave Captain Lawrence), friendly servers, and pub grub that goes fork to fork with the best of them. Its motto: “Every dog has its day” also confirms what you already know: that work can be well…work, and that unwinding with colleagues who understand cubicle life makes the routine a lot easier.

Emma’s is basically a grown-up bar for those who enjoy the ambiance of a tavern but prefer a decibel-level they can hear at. The bar is roomy and there are inviting high-top tables should you want to have a “nosh.” Go for the homemade Gedney potato chips or salty pretzel sticks that come with hot mustard—they go well with a cool pint. There are also a variety of sliders (meatball parm, cheeseburger, filet mignon, and BBQ pulled pork) and other ale house fare should your group be in the snacking mood. Even nicer: there’s easy parking here—at the municipal lot across the street or along Gedney Way—allowing you plenty of time to hit 287 or the Hutch and be home in time to tuck the kids in bed.

Drink Up: 68 Gedney Way, White Plains (914) 683-EMMA; emmasalehouse.com.

Near 95
Rye Grill & Bar
Rye

Get Happy: This well-located grill, just steps from the Rye train station and with easy access to I-95, has an appeal that’s homey and welcoming. Always a popular neighborhood watering hole, its significant renovations from a few years ago have turned what once felt like a small Colonial house into more of a historic hotel-ish experience where, if you didn’t see the just-painted molding, it would feel like George Washington slept upstairs after a night of good food and drink.

The place has been transformed into a cavernous two-story restaurant with lots of comfortable options for catching up with your work mates. There’s a (quieter) bar upstairs where a sofa to the right entices you to sit and gab, as if you were at a friend’s house, though there are also plenty of stools at the bar. It’s also fun from this height to look down and people-watch below.

The main bar on the first floor has its own personality with private booths in dark corners where you can guesstimate about a colleague’s recent antics or choose to sit by the crackling fireplace. There’s also plenty of communal areas where you can rub elbows with that cute guy in accounting you’ve always wondered about but never chatted with (now’s your chance, girlfriend!). Like an affluent pal who’s known you forever, the restaurant aims to please with a long list of bottled and draught beers (think Brooklyn Seasonal, Stella Artois, Blue Moon, and Captain Lawrence to Bud, Amstel, O’Doul’s, and more), mixed drinks, and wines-by-the-glass or bottle. The food is all-American and goes down easy.

Drink Up: 1 Station Plz, Rye (914) 967-0332; ryegrill.com.

Near the Taconic
Thyme
Yorktown Heights

Get Happy: If you’re a wine lover, you’ll enjoy this handsome newcomer, which offers 24 wines by the glass, including half glasses (a 2.5 ounce pour) or full glass (5 ounces), making it easy to try several offerings, many of which hail from California. There are other drink selections of course, but it’s more fun to indulge in the kind of vintages that normally might be too expensive to try on a small scale. The bar isn’t large—there are only seven seats—but its dark setting makes for a calming after-hour presence ideal for quiet conversation. The whole place is meant to be intimate and charming with an interior that woos. Dare we risk the pun and say, it’s worth making “thyme” to stop here on your way from the office?

Drink Up: 3605 Crompond Rd, Yorktown Heights (914) 788-8700; thymerestaurant.net.

Larchmont writer Jeanne Muchnick, whose work has appeared in numerous national and local publications, admits she’s a lightweight who always orders food before booze.

Captions: Ron Blacks 60-foot-long bar accomodates many.

Harper’s brings a retro vibe to Dobbs Ferry.

JC Fogarty’s has been a mainstay on the Bronxville bar scene since 1999.

Relive your childhood (or at least your childhood sweet tooth) at Ardsley’s popular Pumpernickel.

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