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I'm a young professional living in Astoria (formerly of Williamsburg, the UES and Murray Hill - I move a lot!). I'm always looking for something fun to do or the best place to grab a drink and dinner at an affordable price around the city. Have a suggestion? Email me at Laura AT 89thandbroke DOT com.

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Win Two Tickets to The Music of Karl Jenkins at Carnegie Hall

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Distinguished Concerts Orchestra & Distinguished karl jenkins at carnegie hallConcerts Singers International team up with Welsh composer Karl Jenkins at Carnegie Hall to debut new works on Monday, January 19 at 7pm. The program includes the US premiere of Jenkins’s Healer and his works Llareggub and The Peacemakers, performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International.

Tickets for this show range from $20 – $100, with half-price student and senior discount tickets available at the box office. You can call 212.247.7800 to get your tickets or order online, or win a pair here at 89th and Broke!
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Coming Up! Free Cookies from Veniero’s Italian Bakery in the East Village!

Tomorrow, December 18, enjoy free cookies – the size of your hands! – from Veniero’s Italian Bakeryveniero's italian bakery on 11th between 1st and 2nd Ave. The bakery will be handing out 340 cookies to celebrate two milestones: 120 years since the show opened in its current location, and 120 years since the Third Street Music School Settlement opened as well.

The Third Street Music School Settlement will be caroling at 7 locations tomorrow from 4-6pm and the festivities will end at the bakery where you can get your free cookies. More details can be found here. Thanks, Ludmila, for the tip!

The NYC Beer Passport is Back! Win the NYC Winter Good Beer Passport!

One of my favorite things about summer in NYC is the Beer Passport. And this year, the NYC BeerNYC Beer Passport Passport, brought to you by Pintley and Burger Conquest,  is offered in the winter!

What is the beer passport? Well, for $35, you can get a free craft beer (or sometimes flights) at 30 different bars and restaurants from January 1 – March 1. Participating bars are all over the city and in different boroughs. What my friends and I do is tackle a neighborhood each week, using the beer passport at participating bars in the area that night, grabbing dinner at a bar along the way. It’s been a great way to try different craft beers and an excellent excuse to see each other (currently, there’s a group of 8 that religiously participate).

Since craft beers are usually $6-$7 each, just use it 5 times and you make your money back. Although my friend Tim is pretty ambitious and according to one bartender last year, he had the most stamps on his passport that he’s ever seen.

Here’s a map of participating breweries this year.

If you want to purchase one, you can do so here. Just select which bar you’d like to pick your pass up from. Or, you can try your luck and win a free NYC Beer Pass from 89th and Broke! You can try your luck with the form below.

Good luck!
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Try the “Nutellasagna” Today For Free

Swing by the Renaissance Hotel on 7th and 48th Street today. Pastry shop Robicelli’s is handing out nutellasagnafree “Nutellasagna” which is buttery lasagna noodles, cannoli custard,  Nutella, crushed roasted hazelnuts and chopped chocolate, with marshmallows.

The freebies start at 4pm with half portions but is limited to the first 200 people. I advise getting in line no later than 3!



Gift Idea: 365 Guide New York City

If you are looking for a gift idea for someone new to the city or to give your money saving friend, consider 365 Guide New York City. I was sent a copy to review a few weeks ago, and was quite impressed with the book. It lists 365 Restaurant Deals and Bar Specials all over New York, mostly in Manhattan. 365 guide new york city

Now yes, I know that we at 89th and Broke provide deals almost every day, Monday – Friday. But a lot of our specials are time sensitive – free lunch promo for a grand opening or free hot chocolate for one night only. A lot of the specials in this book include happy hour deals or $1 oyster specials that occur every night or once a week. For someone new to the city especially or someone who is trying to save a few bucks, I can see this as a great resource as they navigate the city and try to save a few bucks. When I was 22 and drank 5 nights a week, I would have loved a book of where I could find cheap drinks daily.

My only watch out is that specials change and unlike blogs, books can’t be updated. The book is a great guide to restaurants that offer some kind of special but note that some items may change or not give all the full details so before heading out, I would advise looking it up on the website to see if the special is still valid or give a call. I learned though from the book that Thunder Jackson’s offers an $8 burger and beer special – and didn’t realize it was for lunch only. But that’s okay, because when I went to their website, I quickly learned they had an amazing list of specials every night of the week and shared with you all their $2 slider Wednesday’s.

If you want to have a book of bars and restaurants that offer great deals, check out 365 Guide New York City. It goes for $17.45 on Amazon, but used copies are available and there is also a Kindle edition.

Disclosure: I received a copy to review but opinions are my own. 

Win Tickets to Mistango: An Agentinean Tango Mass at Carnegie Hall

One thing I love about living in New York is the culture. I’ve been fortunate to see a ton of Broadway shows, go to museums, take in the opera and yes, even go to Carnegie Hall. And we want you to go to Carnegie Hall too!

On Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2pm, Distinguished Concerts Orchestra & Distinguished ConcertMistango Carnegie Halls Singers International presents MISATANGO: An Argentinean Tango Mass at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall. This is the New York premiere of Argentinian composer Martin Palmeri’s Misa A Buenos Aires (Misatango), conducted by Pablo Di Mario with the Distinguished Concerts Singers International. A solo Tango and Flamenco Dance performance by The Tierra Adentro de Nuevo Mexico Dance Ensemble rounds out the evening.

Tickets range from $20-$100, with student specials (and senior citizen specials) available at the Box Office. You can buy tickets here or by calling 212.247.7800.

Or….fill out the form below for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

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Save Money on Groceries with Snap by Groupon App

I am not good about cutting coupons – I don’t subscribe to a newspaper, and half the time when I get coupons, my Snap by Groupon App Reviewlittle grocery store doesn’t have those products in-store. What I am pretty good about is using apps that give you cashback on buying certain groceries. I’ve told you about Checkout 51 app before, but I have also started using the Snap by Groupon App. You can actually use both apps if you wanted to (I do!) to maximize your grocery savings as the offers aren’t the same.

It’s pretty simple to use. All you have to do is download the Snap app, or use the website. You can browse the site before you go shopping to help build your list and know what offers are out there, or you can be lazy like me, and go shopping and once you are done buying products, you can see if any match the existing offers out there. I bought beef this weekend for example, and was able to get 50 cents back. Once I hit $20, I’ll be able to get a check.

It doesn’t matter what grocery store you go to, or if you combine these offers with printed coupons. Offers change weekly too.

Just Salad Promotion! Buy One Get One at 90 Broad Street!

There’s a great Just Salad promotion today! Bring a friend to Just Salad at 90 Broad Street between 12-2pm today. If one of you buys a salad or wrap, the other one gets it for free! Details are below.

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Sweet Green Promo in Nolita – Pay What You WIsh

There’s a new Sweet Green spot in NYC in Nolita , located at 100 Kenmare Street at Cleveland Place. To celebrate their opening, there’s a Sweet Green promo from 11am – 4pm today! They are having you pay what you wish for your meal, with all proceeds going to Grow NYC to support Union Square Greenmarket. Thanks, Ludmila, for the tip! sweet green promo



I’m Still Stuffed from All the Meat at Texas de Brazil NYC

Last week, my fiance and I were invited to try Texas de Brazil in NYC. It’s a fairly new restaurant that opened earlier in 2014 in Midtown East on 60th and 3rd, where the old California Pizza Kitchen used to be.

I have tried churrascaria or Brazilian steakhouse before and it usually for me has to be a special treat. Churrascaria is expensive – it’s at least $60 a person for dinner (note: not including drinks, tax, tip as one reader pointed out), but one can argue that you would spend that much at a steakhouse and get half the food. The two times I’ve gone before were for a friend’s 25th birthday and for a holiday dinner with friends. When we were invited in to try this restaurant, my fiance and I hadn’t seen each other that much all week and hadn’t been out on a date in a very long time. Long story short, if you are thinking of trying a place like this and are on a budget, know that it’ll probably be for a very special occasion!

Texas de Brazil is a beautiful space. There was a bar on the first floor with an after work crowd, and we head upstairs for dinner. Off the staircase was the salad/soup bar, and then there was a large dining area that kept going back – perfect for large groups. We kicked off dinner with some mixed drinks – I got a caipirinha, consisting of Leblon Cachaça, cane sugar, ice and lime, making me think of a mojito. It was refreshing but strong enough that I wasn’t slurping it down in a few minutes.

Before we made our way to the salad/soup bar, our served gave us pão de queijo. Now if you haven’t been to a Brazilian steakhouse before and if you decide to go, I must warn you – eat these hot. This cheesy bread is fantastic – crispy on the outside, with a warm, cheesy doughy center. They are still good after they sit out, but to try them warm is fantastic.

We then made our way to the salad/soup bar. I didn’t want to overdo it right off the bat, so I enjoyed a yummy, creamy lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail and a selection of cheeses – manchego, mozzarella and grilled provolone. I could have easily gone back to seconds, but I wanted to enjoy the main course – the meats. If you are a vegetarian, you could go and just have the salad/soup bar for a discounted price.

Then comes the main event. The meats. We were presented with a bowl of unlimited plantains and garlic mashed potatoes, included in the price of the meal. Then the next thing you know, men with swords of meat walk around the restaurant, giving you pieces of sausage, filet, etc. Most of the meat is cooked medium rare and you can indicate if you want more food with a green/red chip at the table. Red means stop, green means keep the meat coming.

Unlike the last time I wrote about my Brazilian steakhouse experience, I liked Texas de Brazil. texas de brazil nycMaybe it was because I grew up and paced myself, or maybe because it wasn’t like I Love Lucy and the chocolate factory episode – the servers weren’t putting meat on your plate every minute. I liked that I had time to enjoy each piece of meat and use the palate cleansing plantain if I wanted to. My fiance on the other hand, said he much prefers it when there’s a piece of meat on your plate before you finish what’s in your mouth. If you are more like me, you’ll like the approach at Texas de Brazil. There was time to savor what you were eating, rather than feel like you had to clear your plate.

According to Texas de Brazil’s website, they offer 16 cuts of meat – everything from beef ribs, to leg of lamb to filet mignon, to filet mignon wrapped in bacon. Our favorites at the table were the sirloin, flank steak and filet mignon (although my fiance preferred the bacon wrapped filet mignon).

If you are looking for a special meal, consider Texas de Brazil.  Keep an eye out for it if you are on the road too – it’s a chain.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary meal at Texas de Brazil in exchange for a review. Opinions are my own.


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