After much deliberation, Laura, Doug, McKenna and I headed over toÂ Andreas’ in Gramercy for dinner and a few drinks last night. I had been there once before with my mom for brunch and I was pleased with the delicious bread basket served and my chicken Caesar salad, so I was happy to try it again for dinner – especially because they had a good happy hour ($3 draft beers, $5 glasses of wine) with free appetizers.
Like the last time, Andreas’ was empty when we arrived. In fact, Iâ€™ve never seen this place bustling so Iâ€™m not sure how they can afford to keep it open. But the empty space was fine by me since we werenâ€™t looking for a rowdy bar to hang out in anyway. We grabbed a few Blue Moons up at the bar for $3 each and when I inquired about the free appetizers (Iâ€™m always skeptical about the free food promos panning out), she assured us that chicken fingers were on the way.
They werenâ€™t necessarily the best chicken fingers Iâ€™ve had, but they were free so that certainly made them taste a little better. And while the Web site says Happy Hour is from 4:30-7:30, upon arrival we were informed that it would be over at 7 pm. We were initially disappointed, but much to our happy surprise, they did eventually extend it until 7:30. So if you go, â€œconfirmâ€ that Happy Hour lasts until 7:30 and make sure to ask about the free apps.
On to dinnerâ€¦again we received a great bread basket. Itâ€™s probably just pizza dough rolled up sort of like the Pillsbury croissant rolls with some rosemary, but they were piping hot (read: fresh) and tasted delicious dipped in olive oil and salt (but then again, almost anything does). We ordered a large pizza (Andreasâ€™ is a brickoven pizza restaurant, so we thought it was worth a try), half plain, half sausage, and a side Caesar salad. The salad was good again and I thought the pizza was very good, albeit a little hot when it came out because I burned the roof of my mouth on the hot cheese. One might say that I could have used restraint and waited for it to cool down before eating it, but those people would be fools.
In particular I liked the sausage topping because it was crumbled sausage, not sliced, and for me that often makes all the difference. What can I say? I was brought up on Pizza Hut pizza when I lived in Pittsburgh and I still think they have the best sausage topping around, and their sausage was crumbled.
All in all I thought Andreasâ€™ was a good, quiet place for conversation, some cheap beers, a free appetizer and good pizza. Who can complain about that?
Location:307 Third Avenue, between 23rd and 24th Streets
Who to take: Friends, Family, Coworkers, a Date
Price: The menu itself is standard, but the Happy Hour deal makes it even more affordable. $$
Overall: 4.5 Stars. The only thing it’s missing is a few more patrons to give it some kind of vibe.