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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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Free Nutella Treats at Moda Espresso Bar

Head to Moda Espresso Bar on 27th between 7th and 8th for free Nutella treats, in honor of Nutella’s 50th birthday.  At this two-day event, you’ll enjoy a variety of FREE Nutella-infused desserts including waffles, croissants, and even espresso.

Swing by today from 5pm – 8pm or tomorrow, Saturday, from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

Half-Priced Quesadillas and Tacquitos on Sunday at Yuca Bar

Clearly from the title of this post, I’m already thinking about the weekend. Years ago, we wrote about Yuca Bar’s Tuesday night deal - half priced tapas until 8pm. Yuca Bar, located on Ave A between 7th and 8th has another weekly special you may want to take note of – half-priced quesadillas and tacquitos every Sunday night. Special lasts all night long – yum!

$2 Slider Wednesday at Thunder Jackson’s

Full disclosure – I haven’t eaten at Thunder Jackson’s, but if I did find myself in the West Village on a Wednesday night, I’d give this place a try. According to their website, Wednesday is Slider Wednesday and you can enjoy sliders like meatball parm, Philly cheesesteak, cheeseburger and more for $2 each. Just a few of those can easily make dinner!

A list of weekly specials can be found here. Thunder Jackson’s is located on Bleecker between Thompson and Sullivan.

In Love with Love Letters

I am not a play person by any means and I’m the first to admit that if offered a musical or a play, I’ll take the musical every single time. LL_S145_600x257And then I got invited to Love Letters with my fiance.

The premise was simple – Carol Burnett on stage next to Brian Dennehy (yes, the dad from Tommy Boy – how cultured am I that that’s where I recognized him from). Sitting at a table reading letters that they wrote each other starting at age 7 throughout their life.  While the early letters were simple (e.g. do you like me?) over time they got more and more intricate. I left the 90 minute show, thinking it was fantastic, and it was certainly a conversation piece – I spent the next hour discussing my thoughts on it with my fiance.

What’s interesting about the show is that the cast changes every few weeks, and according to the director, every time you see it, it’s like seeing it with fresh eyes – even when Brian Dennehy was in it a few weeks prior with Mia Farrow, their portrayal of the characters were so different.

If you want to see the show, you can get discount codes here – tickets start at $59. The cast over the next few months features:

  • Candice Bergen /Alan Alda – November 9 – December 18
  • Diana Rigg / Stacy Keach – December 19January 9
  • Anjelica Huston / Martin Sheen – January 10 – February 15

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to Love Letters.


Food Deals All Week at Gotham West Market

Reader Ludmila shared this story with us from AM NY – this week, Gotham West Market on 11th between 44th and 45th is celebrating its anniversary and as a result will have some cheap eats.

Here’s the days I think you should keep an eye out for, but the whole listing can be found here.

  • Monday: $1 hot dogs at Court Street Grocers Sandwich Shop
  • Wednesday: The first 50 customers at Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop will receive a free bowl of ramen or large donburi rice bowl – customers afterwards will get a free topping
  • Saturday: Guests can enjoy complimentary French fries and Lagunitas-sponsored beer pong games all day at Genuine Roadside.

Free Sweets in LIC This Saturday

Sweetery NYC truck will be at Hunter’s Point South Park LIC handing out free treats from 1-2pm on November 15! Here’s the tweet with thesweetery details.


Free Noodle or Burger Dish on Saturday at Xi’an Famous Foods UES Spot

This Saturday, November 15, is the grand opening of Xi’an Famous Foods on 78th between 2nd and 1st. To celebrate, they are giving their followers on either Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Weibo a choice of a free noodle or burger dish. Just show your phone to the cashier to get your free dish. Hours are 11:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Thanks to NYC Daily Deals for the tip.

Classpass Offers $50 Sign On Bonus

Today marks my 100th Classpass class!  Classpass now offers a $50 credit if you sign up by Sunday night.

Yes, adult gymnastics.

Yes, adult gymnastics.

What’s Classpass? For $99 a month, you get UNLIMITED CLASSES to boutique studios all around the city like RowHouse or Physique 57, classes that are normally $35 a pop. I’ve been doing Classpass since Memorial Day and I absolutely love it. I totally recommend you try it over the gym – it’s been fun to go to places around the city and try different workouts (I even tried adult gymnastics and spinning in a pool). Plus, if you are scared to try other workouts, ClassPass kind of makes you – you can only attend one studio three times per month.

Right now, Classpass is offering a promotion where (full disclosure) if you sign up with my link, you and I both get a $50 Visa gift card. So if you’ve been thinking about trying Classpass, now’s the time.

Since I started writing about Classpass I’ve gotten emails from a few of you that it has changed your life. It definitely has changed mine – I would dread going to the gym and skip it more often than not. With Classpass, since I have to book classes in advance, I go – especially since you are charged $20 if you miss a class. At the same time, once in awhile I get comments that classes are always full on Classpass. If you do sign up, here’s how you can maximize your membership:

1). Set Your Alarm for 11:55am: Why? At noon, you can sign up for next week’s classes. So if it’s Tuesday, you can sign up for the following Tuesday’s classes at that time. I often take a look at the schedule a few minutes before to figure out what I want to take.

2). Go with a friend: The $20 motivates me to go to a class, but having a workout buddy definitely makes me more likely to wake up in the morning – especially on those rainy days. Knowing my friend Sarah is going to be at class certainly makes me more likely to go!

3). Become a regular: As mentioned, you can only go to a class 3 times per billing cycle but get in a routine. I know where I’ll be most Tuesday mornings – and my alternate Tuesday class on that one week I can’t go.

4). Get in a routine: I workout Monday-Friday, and pick classes at 7am or 7:30am. That’s it. I know my alarm will go off at 5:40 am since I commute to Manhattan from Queens for classes, and as a result, try to go to bed by 11. Once you are in a routine, it’s much easier to get up – plus by taking morning classes, there’s less of a chance I’ll be stuck at work and miss a class.

Check out a list of my favorite classes here! And if you want that $50 sign up bonus, click here! You must sign up by 11:59 pm on Sunday night.

Starbucks Buy One Get One Holiday Drinks is Back

Now through November 16, head to Starbucks from 2-5pm for BOGO holiday drinks.  Choose from Gingerbread Latte, Caramel Brulee Latte and Peppermint Mocha.

Win Tickets to the Brightness of Heaven

TBOH logo 375x375Let’s start this week off with a contest to win two tickets to The Brightness of Heaven!

This show, which plays at the Cherry Lane Theater in the West Village, is about The Kilgannons  a typical Irish family in 1974 Buffalo. However, the world is changing fast, the generation gap is widening, and the future is up for grabs. Will the Kilgannons find the serenity to accept the things they cannot change and the wisdom to know that what needs changing most is sitting around the dinner table? The Brightness of Heaven is a witty drama about family, faith, and the ties that bind — sometimes too tightly.

And, at every performance, one audience member will be randomly selected based on seating location to win a prize and then will automatically be entered into our weekly drawing for a Restaurant Gift Certificate.

We’re offering one reader two tickets to see this show but we have a discount code available as well. Use the code BHRR to get $40 tickets, marked down from $66. You can buy tickets here or call 212-352-3103.

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