On the outside Eddie V’s is very unsuspecting, it looks like an everyday restaurant but then you open the door and you’re greeted with live music filling the air and the perfect ambiance to let your guard down after a long day. The music is in the restaurant’s V lounge, where you can order happy hour dishes from Sunday – Thursday: All night or Friday & Saturday: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. and they just launched their new happy hour menu. The menu is meant to give you a taste of what the restaurant truly has to offer, while also giving you an opportunity to have a more casual experience after work or to catch up with friends. I used the opportunity to break from pulling my hair out with two little ones running rampant in the house and to catch up with a friend.
We were greeted at our table by Petros, who made our experience as memorable as the food. Petros brought fine dining to life with his top notch service and helped us navigate our meal with ease. We were there to try some of the new happy hour dishes and one of our favorites of the night were the lollipop lamb chops, we got two single cut chops, dry rubbed with morels and fig glaze. Can somebody bring me seconds, please?!
Our other favorite was the beef banh mi. Two sliders packed with flavor and marinated filet, some picked cucumbers and stir-fried vegetables. We also tried the jumbo lump crab cake, which isn’t new to the menu but was a favorite of our server’s and we could tell why. A beautiful crab cake, which was the first item to hit our table, sauteed Maryland style and served with spicy chive remoulade. Petros told us him and his wife came for that crab cake long before he ever decided to come work for the restaurant and they still love it to this day.
We were going to order some raw oysters, which are on the happy hour menu for $2-3 but we were swayed into ordering the batterfried oysters, which had a light Curry and some cilantro and pickled Asian cucumbers. Might I suggest trying the carpetbagger, which are fried oysters and seared tenderloin with blue cheese, pictured above.
If you’re looking for some happy hour drinks to help smooth out the end of your day, here’s a few they added to the menu for $7.
- Real McCoy: 3-year Aged Silver Real McCoy Rum, Fresh Grapefruit and Lime Juices
- Spicy Margarita: El Jimador Silver Tequila, Pátron Citrónge, Fresh Sour Mix, Fresno Pepper
- Cosmopolitan: Absolute Citron, Cranberry Juice, Cointreau Orange, Fresh Lime
- The Perfect Martini: Classic Preparation with Vodka or Gin
- Bulleit Sour: Bulleit Bourbon, Honey, Fresh Lemon and Lime Sour Mix
There was plenty more dishes to try on the happy hour menu but Petros was eager for us to try out some of the entrees because what else would pair with the new loaded lobster mashed potatoes. I suppose you don’t really need anything other than the loaded lobster mashed potatoes, I could eat the entire side portion myself. Huge chunks of lobster on top of creamy, cheesy mashed potatoes. However, we did order two entrees surf and turf style. I was hungry for the Pacific ahi tuna, a nice cut with a light tempura and paired with baby bok choy and a kung pao sauce and wasabi oil. My friend opted for the 8 oz filet mignon, which was seared and cooked to a medium and topped with Hudson valley foie gras and finished with their truffled Madeira sauce.
It would be unwise and highly regrettable for you to forgo dessert. Always save room for the hot “bananas foster” butter cake, ALWAYS! Not only is presentation exciting but the cake melts in your mouth and the butter pecan ice cream helps cool off the hotness. We decided to get the hot chocolate Godiva cake too with vanilla bean ice cream, which is super rich and creamy but once you try the butter cake, there’s no going back. So if you can only pick one, you know which one to go for.