And if you don’t know that happiness,#kidfromqueens is about to drop a dime:
Server walks over and greets you with a smile. “You know about our Happy Hour specials, don’t you?”
Don’t say a word and just listen, Buckaroos. Choice of three bottles of wine and plain ten inch cheese pizza for $25.00.
Selected a Sauvigon Blanc Argentinian wine. Astica, 2014. From Mendoza, Argentina to Skillman Avenue. Isn’t life amazing?
Wine arrives in somebody’s Big Idea. A sturdy plastic Ice Bag. Filled with water and crushed ice.
First taste in and you realize it really is Happy Hour. Hint of grapefruit,fresh and tangy, if you believe that stuff. But, this much is a fact: Light and perfect for a Friday following a day of Excel spreadsheets.
Felt so good, upgraded the plain cheese pizza to include prosciutto, arugula and shaved Parmesan Cheese.
Halfway into the bottle of Astica the work week went the way of our beloved Mets. Focused instead on the Claret’s eleven seat bar. Everyseat taken. Sam the Scroller searching his Iphone for messages. Harry the Hipster speaking to Cinderella. And, Paula the Poet channeling the vibe of that late Sunnyside Muse, Suze Rotolo.
Everybody’s content and why not?
Six beers on tab. A chalk board off to the side of the bar lists three varieties of whiskey. American, scotch and Irish.And if that’s not your preference you’ve got a list of more than 100 bottles of wine to find your happiness. Buy the bottle or buy the glass.
Happy Hour, of course, doesn’t stand still.
Darkness falls. You notice a candle on each table. You turn to the large window that looks out on Skillman Avenue. The leaves are changing. You’re across the street from the Sunnyside Gardens Market. That awning is long and oh so green, dude. Who cares? The room fills. Ceiling fans go in slow motion overhead. You hear laughter. You see the smiles. The music plays. It’s J.J. Cale. You are happy.
Yet, there is more to feel good about at The Claret Wine Bar.
Black and white large format photographs hang on the bar’s exposed brick walls.
The photos are going to be auctioned off at The Claret Wine Bar on Tuesday, November 10th. A collection of Parisian scenes shoot by Leslie K. Henderson. Talk about unique: Leslie is a humanitarian photographer. “Worked with numerous NGOs in Malwawi & Tanzania.”
Purpose of the November 10th auction? To raise funds and create awareness for ‘the only Children’s Cancer Unit in Tanzania.’
“Go girl. Go”
Meanwhile, You see the food come out of the kitchen. A Beet Salad on a rectangular plate. Red and golden beets border Frisee lettuce topped with Goat Cheese and roasted Pine Nuts. You send yourself a text. “Come back again and give the salad a try.” You’ll have time to come back, too.The Claret Wine Bar has been around since 2008.
So, here’s the outtro from #kidfromqueens on this sojourn:
Claret Wine Bar
46-02 Skillman Avenue
Affordability: Can’t complain
Bathroom Quality: Clean and Acceptable
7 Line: 46th Street/ Bliss Street
Parking: Not as difficult as Manhattan.