The Happiest Hour is a whimsical new cocktail bar and full-service restaurant by Acmes Jon Neidich and veteran New York bartender Jim Kearns, formerly of the NoMad Hotel and Pegu Club. Its “You pick ’em, we pour ’em” motto drives a non-judgmental drinks menu in a breezy space, adorned with cartoon palm trees, that evokes bygone California and Florida resorts. The Happiest Hour was designed by Nick Mathers, an Australian restaurateur. Chef Thomas Lim serves elevated diner-style fare anchored by a stellar burger complemented by an array of sides. Chopped salads and sandwiches round out this simple, yet highly satisfying, classic American offering. A rock and soul soundtrack completes the mood.