Chinese cuisine

This new Chinese restaurant in Williamsburg offers an all-day happy hour

If there’s an antidote to tedious and stressful adult days, it’s this: all-day happy hour!

A new Chinese restaurant in South Williamsburg, Antidote, offers a weekday happy hour, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. It’s a good excuse for a long lunch break if we ever heard one. And yes, there is also a lunch special until 4 p.m. on weekdays, so you can eat and drink for cheap.

At happy hour, bottles of Tsingtao are $5. Red, white and rosé wines are available for $9 a glass and three craft cocktails from Antidote’s menu are reduced to $11. Lunch menu prices range from $14 (eggplant with garlic sauce) to $21 (spicy cumin lamb), with additional options such as Sichuan chili fried chicken ($15), fried rice with shredded duck or fresh shrimp ($15), salted egg yolk golden fish fillet ($16) and much more. Ear mushroom salad, cucumber salad and tofu with chili oil are served on the side.


Antidote opened March 30 at 66 South Second St. and aims to serve Chinese cuisine to “please all palates.” Local ingredients are used in the preparation of Sichuan and Shanghai cuisine, with an extensive menu that includes small plates, noodles, rice dishes and hearty dishes and a plethora of vegetable and dim sum options , such as crab and pork soup dumplings, har gow, and egg lava buns.

A full bar and craft cocktail menu help tone down some of the spiciness in the dishes, though milder options are also available for those with a sensitive palate. Reservations are accepted online, even during happy hour, and takeout is also available.