With the disappearance of Qui’s easy-going pulutan menu, the East 6th Street restaurant unveiled a new happy hour menu featuring boozy freezer pops. The various flavors include the paloma-esque Esp-iceee. Check out the full lineup below.
Qui’s beverage manager Andrew Grenz concocted the alcoholic frozen treats based on the plastic-wrapped Filipino ice candies. He joined the staff late October, coming from Blackbird and Henry, which shuttered soon after.
The ice candies are only available during summer happy hour, from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, throughout the entire restaurant (unlike the old happy hour, which was restricted to just the patio). Each one is $5 a pop.
Qui the restaurant underwent many changes when chef/owner Paul Qui entered rehabilitation after his arrest in March. The restaurant got rid of both of its tasting menus, opting for an only-a la carte menu, which now features some signature dishes (dinuguan, sisig) and new ones (handrolls, rabbit confit). Qui returned to the restaurant in May.
Qui’s happy hour ice candies
- Shochu How to Party: shochu, Cocchi Americano, gentiane aperitif, Peychaud's Bitters
- Santa’s Retreat: white rum, hoja santa syrup, lime
- Esp-iceee: blanco tequila, grapefruit, lime, honey, habanero bitters
- Harvey Door Knocker: gin, Galliano, orange