Have a Rice Day

Bar snacks and the appropriate beverage can create a spa day for your mouth, and you know you need one. It's Monday. Come on. So alert your parched entourage and hit Taneko Japanese Tavern's Half-Price Wine and Sake Mondays (that's all day). "We just started our happy hour from 3 to 6:30 Monday through Friday, too," says Mark Evensvold, the tavern's operating partner, "so we have some appetizers that are half-price . . . and all our draft beers and martinis are half-price for those three and a half hours." How 'bout delirious hour, Mark?

Are you a sake virgin? Get your feet wet now and you can be a cultured snob by the time everyone else jumps on the bandwagon. "Once you get into the cold sakes, you probably won't order hot sake as much as you used to," Evensvold says. "I'm drinking, lately, the nigoris, the unfiltered sakes . . . just the sweetness, kind of the texture. It's a little thicker in the mouth, and the palate." Drool. Snag a three-taste flight of rockin' cold stuff for just $7 to $9.

Mondays, 2007