KYU Happy Hour

By: Samantha Dockser

KYU, located in the heart of Wynwood next to Wynwood Walls, has just kicked their Happy Hour menu up a notch. Former Zuma teammates Chef Michael Lewis and General Manager Steven Haigh have joined forces once again to make KYU the happening happy hour spot. The full KYU menu features a variety of grilled specials; seasonal, locally sourced produce; and new-style sashimi. The Happy Hour menu also features highlights from the full menu that will keep you coming back for more.

To start, the drinks! I kicked off my night with the 99 Reasons But A Peach Ain’t One. It is made with Legal Mezcal, Peach, Mandarin and Cranberry. So sweet and delicious, this drink is particularly dangerous, as you can’t taste the alcohol. I could have downed three…but that would have been unnecessary since the next drink was even better than the first. 

KYU’s Pink Puppy, made with Lychee, Watermelon and Vodka, made me one happy gal. Again, so sweet and flavorful. Definitely my kind of drink.

KYU’s Pink Puppy, made with Lychee, Watermelon and Vodka, made me one happy gal. Again, so sweet and flavorful. Definitely my kind of drink.

The last drink of the night was KYU’s take on a Moscow Mule served in a tin can featuring images of the mural found on the wall just outside the restaurant. A yummy drink in an artsy glass—doesn’t get much more Wynwood than that.

Now onto the food…Happy Hour is made even happier with plates like these. The first thing I tasted was the Heirloom Tomatoes, made with chilies, red onions and shiso. So light and refreshing, this dish is a wonderful summer treat.

Next, out came the Spicy Crunchy Kale. I didn’t know if I was going to enjoy this dish, as I am not the biggest fan of kale…but oh my goodness, it was incredible! I could have eaten these kale chips all night. Seasoned with just the right amount of spice, these are the kind of healthy chips you want to snack on forever. 

Another favorite happy hour item of mine was the Short Rib Lettuce Wrap. Served with an assortment of sauces such as sweet and sour sauce, these two-bite snacks filled me right up. The short rib was so tender, it practically melted in my mouth. Needless to say, I was a fan. 

So be sure to stop into KYU next time you are in Wynwood. This Happy Hour is not to be missed.