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July 21, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Coming over haute at Crush: Jason Wilson gets happy (hour)

I generally leave the happy hour news to my cocktail-hoisting colleague Tan Vinh, but I can’t help but share this tasty tidbit: Just in time for another three minutes of summer, James Beard Award-winning chef Jason Wilson has launched a happy hour Sundays through Fridays at his lovely dinner house Crush.

Which means if you’re one of those people who say, “Isn’t that the haute house off 23rd and Madison, where I’ll pay big money for fine food and wine I wish I could afford?” your conscience can counter with, “Well, I guess he’s attempting to lure in a broader range of patrons by providing a small-bites menu of fancy foodstuffs that show ’em what he’s got.” And guess what? You’d be right.

That new happy-hour menu ($4-$12) includes everything from housemade chicharones ($6) to Painted Hills shortrib sliders ($11), because how can they call it a proper happy hour without sliders? And trust me: If you’ve ever tasted Wilson’s short-ribs (I have) you’ll be wanting those beef-filled mini-buns.

Clockwise from bottom left: mascarpone potato croquettes, salmon gravlax, chicharones and Painted Hills shortrib sliders.

But wait, there’s more!

There’s a reason they’re calling this a “Bites & Flights” menu: flights — of wine, that is. Twelve bucks buys a trio of 2-ounce pours from Crush’s fussy-wines-by-the-glass list (your choice). Happy hour runs Sundays through Fridays from 5 to 7 p.m. in the restaurant’s bar and out on the pretty patio.

The pretty patio, at Crush, with umbrellas to keep the rain off.

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