(* By friendly request! *) Downtown saw an influx of new Mexican restaurants last year, some of which quickly became my favorites, so my long-standing choice for Sunday happy hour, Ciudad, from Top Chef Master Susan Feniger, took a backseat for awhile. Ciudad and I go way back – boyfriend and I both celebrated birthdays there and during mine, I spotted the entire writing team of the Office eating there (you know you’re a true fan when you can recognize the writers), including my idol Mindy Kaling. We even had matching bobs at the time. But this was like, the DAY after the writer’s strike of ’07 was announced, so I thought it inappropriate to ask for a photo…

Their happy hour isn’t dirt cheap, but it’s solid, and their outdoor patio is perfect for the upcoming summer nights. And I personally prefer their happy hour menu to the regular dinner one. I still have yet to try their Paella Tuesdays!