Now celebrating its tenth year in business, Ballston’s Grand Cru manages a delicate balancing act. On the one hand, it is an upscale restaurant, with traditional French bistro fare and an impressive wine list. On the other hand, it’s a relaxed after-work hangout, a place where you go to unwind rather than to impress. This makes Grand Cru especially popular at happy hour, when local professionals look to unwind, but aren’t looking for a nightclub atmosphere.
Happy hour specials are available weekdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and include $3 bottled beers, $4 wines by the glass, and $5 appetizers. Regulars suggest that you try the wine-steamed mussels or the char-grilled chicken skewers. Located in the private courtyard off Taylor Street in Ballston, Grand Cru is somewhat insulated from the hustle and bustle of commuter traffic and workday crowds, which is just one more reason that it’s popular with locals seeking a bit of respite after a long day at work.