You’re Johnny on the Spot. You texted your flirtationship all week and now you’re Under Pressure for a first date suggestion.
Here’s the move if you’re near Sunnyside. Do Happy Hour at Arriba Arriba. Middle of 40th Street on Queens Boulevard. You got parking. You got a bus stop. You got the 7 Line station at 40th Street. Honestly, you’ve got no excuses.
Mexican cuisine goes with a first date like Romeo and Juliet. Crazy? Don’t think so. Ever notice how scent of fresh corn tortilla chips puts a smile on your face? If that doesn’t do it, take a look at the Frozen Margarita machine at the end of their bar. Arriba Arriba’s got a shout out from Gothamist in 2014 as one of the ten best Margaritas in NYC. Find a Facebook fanatic not laughing after a few sips into a Frozen Margarita and you’ve found someone in need of serious meds.
So, what do you say? It’s a Happy Hour mingle. Spend the chedda and tell yourself ‘you got to be in it to win it.’ You work. You’ve got a paycheck, so spring for a Frozen Margarita at $6 a pop. Or do domestic beers or Sangria at the same price.
And how to dress you might ask:
Go for a business provocative look if it’s Happy Hour at Arriba Arriba or somewhere else.
And if nobody says it: You can read it here: “You look marvelous,baby.”
Even the bartender thinks so,too.
He pins balloons in the middle and at both ends of the bar.
Five high-def TVs on the walls. An array of imported and domestic beers on tap. A choice of Los Coladas ($10.00) and Arriba Mojitos at the yougottabekiddingjack price of $11.
So, do the Mr. Big thing. Take a seat on the banquet. Let your friendgirl look at the mural that runs length of the wall. Drop the macho dude bit and go artsy. Start the conversation with that mural. You like it? What do you think it is? Who is the artist? You even like art?
Latin music thumps at a decimal level that’s agreeable enough for conversation at Arriba Arriba. The lighting is low. Busboys run up the stairs carrying plates of food. Every dish is perfect for sharing. Not bad for bonding, huh?
Happy Hour runs 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., so the clock is ticking on your rap and If you can’t get it going or don’t feel Lucky Lust hovering you’ve got two plays. You can step outside and hop on the bus, Gus. Or, turn left and watch the Stephanie Sigman wannabe hostess greet customers into Arriba Arriba as they step off The Boulevard of Dreams.
But, let’s think positive, okay?
You’ve made a splash. There’s hope for a second date.
40-15 Queens Boulevard
Happy Hour: 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Bathroom Quality: Serviceable
Closest Train Station:
7 Line / 40th Street