If you are looking for the perfect spot for happy hour and haven’t hit up Asellina at the Gansevoort Park Hotel yet, what are you waiting for?? With a swank Park Avenue address and sweet digs in the attached hotel, you would think the menu might be ostentatious or ridiculously out of your budget, but check out the “3 Hours” menu they recently rolled out that will knock your socks off and keep you from crying when the bill arrives!
Everything is under ten bucks and makes for the perfect after-work spot for grazing with cocktails. Whether you need a quiet table for two on the beautiful garden patio out back, or want to rally your office gang for some sidewalk people-watching, Asellina offers several seating options for your visit.
Opened in December, Asellina boasts a sleek interior of rich earth-toned materials including wood, stone and polished concrete that, with the help of a cozy fireplace and plush sofas, come together to make you feel as if you are in a comfortable living room. Named after the owner of an ancient Pompeii tavern, Asellina’s delectable Italian menu was carefully crafted by Chef Marco Porceddu. A previous James Beard House guest chef , Porceddu features finger foods and half-portions that make for easy sharing in a group setting or romantic dinner.
Start your afternoon with an Italian beer, sangria, or luscious wine from their amazing Wine Room that acts as a showstopper inside the restaurant. Get your taste buds tingling with an order of their lightly fried and stuffed olives that will have you hooked in an instant. I tried the shrimp and lobster stuffed olives and have been telling everyone in town about them ever since. To die for! Good luck narrowing down which grilled flatbread pizza or micro sandwiches to order, as they are all equally amazing. And don’t even get me started on the truffle parmigiano fries – I dream of them at night!
Bottom line – this place needs to be a staple in your summer repertoire! Go for the drinks and stay for the food, just get there between 4-7pm any day of the week and tell them that Socially Superlative sent you.
Asellina at Gansevoort Park
420 Park Avenue South