Happy Hour at Ruffian Wine Bar

This fabulous weather we're having can cause such happy accidents sometimes.  Take for example last week as I was enjoying a sunny East Village stroll and became engulfed in a traffic jam of tourists outside Bay Gay Ice Cream.  There were so many people I got flustered and turned to run away when the intoxicating smell of roasted mushrooms and garlic came wafting out the window next door.  I peeked inside and found the cute, unassuming Ruffian Wine Bar.  

This cozy little space owned by Tabla alum Patrick Cournot was rocking out some old school hip hop music and a small but lovely happy hour menu of snacks and wines.  I decided upon a rich, dry white wine from Croatia and one of the happy hour plates.

Sharp slices of Cabot Cheddar cheese with honey drenched almonds and creamy apple butter served alongside thick slices of whole grain bread. 

They say it's the simple things in life that matter most and at that moment this simple spread of wine and cheese was the only care I had in the world.  There was great music overhead, friendly staff and this delightful feast in front of me.  I felt like I had found my new happy place!

Ruffian Wine Bar serves happy hour every day from 5:00- 7:00 (3:00-5:00 Sundays) with a rotating list of white and red wine  by the glass for $10 and seasonal happy hour snacks.   

125 East 7th Street between 1st & Avenue A
New York, NY 10009