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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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Now Open: Oxido, a Modern Mexican Restaurant

Today, Oxido, a modern Mexican restaurant opens on 23rd Street between 5th and 6th. I stopped by their media preview last night and was pleasantly surprised. The food was oxido reviewflavorful, the sauces were to die for and I tried so many good things I don’t know what I want to eat next time I’m back.

Oxido’s concept is pretty simple – head to the counter, and pick from a burrito, bowl or two tacos. Next, pick your kind of rice – brown rice or white rice, and your type of bean – pinto beans (with bacon!) or black beans. After that, choose your protein – the carnitas were delicious, as was the grilled garlic steak, but there is chicken and a veggie option too (mushrooms). Best of all, if you have a friend that likes to make sure their meet is all-natural and free range, this place is for you (I’m looking at you, Caryn).

From there, add queso sauce (95 cents extra but worth every penny), grilled peppers and onions, lettuce, corn salsa, tomato, guac (95 cents extra), cheese and then it’s time for the sauce. There’s everything from salsa fresca (your pico de gallo) to chipotle crema, a creamy and smoky sauce with a kick. Prices range from $8.50 for vegetarian (mushrooms) to $9.15 for steak.

We were told to try a bunch of different things. Of course, the first time I went up I loaded up my plate – I went for a (small) bowl with rice, grilled garlic steak, and layered on every topping under the sun but lettuce. It was delicious, but then their co-founder encouraged me to go simpler on my next dish so I could taste the flavors.

He was right.

I tried the carnitas tacos, with just some queso sauce, salsa fresca and the chile de arbol sauce, a salsa with toasted spices, smoked chiles and a little bit of sweetness. It was delicious – I was scared of this sauce at first but it gave just the right amount of sweetness. I then later mixed that chile de arbol sauce with the chipotle crema. My god, it was like eating the flavors of buffalo chicken dip (minus the chicken) without the gooeyness.

oxido make it dirtySo I tried the simple version. And then I heard people talking about ordering an off menu item – the Make It Dirty (see photo). So I made my buddy Dave from Barton’s Bites order it. Basically, it’s nachos with everything but the kitchen sink on it – guac, queso sauce, new Mexican beef curry (essentially beef stew), cheese, black beans, salsa fresca, etc. I told Dave when we started eating it that I was full. But it was so good I kept going…and going….and going….

Want to give Oxido a try? Here’s why you should on their opening day (3/3), which opens at 11am today. 50% of their proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of NY, and you’ll get to try this delicious queso sauce for free.

If you give it a try….let us know what you think!


Sponsored: Bring in an Old Bra and Save $10 Off a New Bra at Town Shop on the UWS, Plus Contest

Sorry guys, but this is a girls-only post (but gentlemen, you may want to tell your lady friends).

So, let me kick this off by saying on the eve of my 30th birthday, that things get better with age. Wine gets better with age, I get better with age, but sadly, bras are not one of them. The underwire may fall out, the bra gets stretched out and don’t hold the girls in anymore, etc. – it’s just not a good look. Apparently, a bra should only last 100 wears. After 100 times of wearing, this is when these problems start to happen. So if you have 4 good bras, you’ll be fine for a year, but then you need an upgrade.

If you’re like me, you probably have a drawer filled with old bras – ones that don’t fit, ones that are too stretched out, ones that you bought online but then they arrived and are super uncomfortable. Before doing any spring cleaning and thinking of dumping those in the garbage, bring them to Town Shop, and save on a future bra purchase.

Open and serving the city since 1888, Town Shop, located on Broadway between 81st and 82nd sells top name brands and gives the customer something they cannot receive online: a real fitting.  According to Oprah 80% of women wear the wrong size bra so it may be good to go and get measured. In fact, one of my friends who we all thought was a little on the smaller size, had a really fitting once, and found out she was actually a D cup – granted she was a 30D, but for all these years, she assumed she was a 32B.  She really likes to remind us now that she’s got D’s. :) Now if you are a little bigger than a D, that’s fine too – Town Shop sells bras all the way up to Ks.

Anyways, as I was saying, if you have a drawer filled with old bras, it’s time to bring them in during the month of March to Town Shop for their “Bucks for Bras”* promotion  and you’ll receive $10 off the purchase of a new bra, up to 5 bras. This is a pretty good deal especially if you’re thinking of replacing an old bra, and just want to double-check your size.

Now in true 89th and Broke fashion, we have a giveaway too! We’re participating in this contest with a few different bloggers, but one lucky winner will receive 3 sets of Chantelle lingerie, plus 1 bottle of French Champagne. But that’s not all! A second prize winner gets 2 Sets of Chantelle Lingerie and 1 box of French macarons and a third prize winner gets 1 Set of Chantelle Lingerie and 1 Chantelle goodie bag. To enter, simply fill out the form below, provide your email address and “like” Town Shop on Facebook.

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The Fine Print*: “Bucks for Bras” Bring one old bra to Town Shop and receive $10 towards a new bra. The offer is available up to 5 old bras for the purchase of 5 new bras.

Disclosure: I was compensated in exchange for writing about this promotion. Opinions are my own. And yes, I’m truly about to turn 30.

Win the NYC LOADed Cocktail Passport!

I’ve told you about the Whiskey Passport and the Beer Passport. And now my dear readers, there is the NYC LOADed Cocktail PassportNYC Loaded Cocktail Passport

Good Passports, Ladies of American Distilleries (LOAD), Lupec NYC and Boozemenus.com have teamed up to present The LOADed Cocktail Passport, which will raise funds for Bottomless Closet & Toklas Society. So yes, you can drink and feel good about yourself!

In celebration of Women’s History Month, they’ve created a passport that supports products where women are an integral part of the spirit – or cocktail-making process.

For $35, you can get 1 cocktail at 20 different bars and restaurants, from March 8 – May 10. Simply walk into the bar, show your passport, and that free cocktail is yours – just remember to tip your bartender. You’ll have a choice to choose between 1-2 cocktails at each establishment.

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You can purchase your NYC LOADed Cocktail Passport here, r simply win one here from 89th and Broke by entering the form below. Good luck!

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Free Coffee at New Exki

I walked by Exki, a new restaurant on Madison and 28th Street today. There was a sign in the window that said “come on in, take a photo and get a complimentary coffee.”

If my hair wasn’t wet from the gym and I wasn’t in a rush to get to work, I would have totally stopped in. If you want to stop in, they are currently in soft opening phase – today and Friday they will be open from 8am to 2pm.

Free Onigiri to Celebrate Wasabi Sushi & Bento’s One Year Anniversary

Wasabi Sushi & Bento is celebrating their one year anniversary with a special deal for customers. Now through February 28, they’ll be giving away one seaweed or salmon onigiri to any customer who tags @Wasabi_NYC on social – all you have to do is show your post at checkout.  This restaurant is located at 40th and 7th and you can find the restaurant on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


See a Little Culture at Home with The Last 5 Years

One of my favorite musicals hit the big screen last weekend – The Last 5 Years. A couple summers ago I saw the show at Second Stage Theater after last 5 yearshearing rave reviews about it from my friend Bradley, over at Amuse*Bouche.  What really sold it for me was that Bradley spilled the beans and said that the show was going to be made into a movie starring Anna Kendrick (of my beloved Pitch Perfect). So knowing it was going to be made into a movie and I try to see every show or read every book before it hits the big screen, I decided to see it and fell in love with the soundtrack, to the point I listen to it regularly at work.

This weekend, the movie was released in theaters – and to my surprise, it was also released the same day to sites like Amazon, available to rent or download. Screw waiting around in line with folks looking to see Fifty Shades of Grey – I could watch this from the comfort of my own home! My friends and I piled into my living room, and got ready for an afternoon of this fantastic musical.

Now the premise is actually pretty interesting for this show and I promise I won’t give away any spoilers. The story of The Last 5 Years is that a couple tell the ups and downs of their last 5 years together – but what’s interesting is the woman, Cathy, tells the story from the present day to the beginning, while her partner, Jamie, tells it from the beginning to present day. Just something to keep in mind if you decide to give the musical a try as one of my friends said it would have taken him a few numbers to understand what was going on.

The musical was an hour and a half long, and I thought Anna Kendrick did a great job portraying Cathy. Jeremy Jordan played Jamie (he’s from Newsies) and while I thought he had a great voice, I always felt the character was a little nerdy (for some reason reminded me of Mark from Rent), especially from what I saw in the show and heard in the soundtrack. Jeremy does not give off that nerdy vibe at all, so that was a little bit of a disconnect for me. I thought the film adaptation was very good, but another key difference from the stage production is that the two characters never appear on stage together except in one scene, and they appeared in much of the movie together.

Regardless of these differences, if you are looking for a night of theater and since it’s been freezing out, don’t want to leave the house, consider renting The Last 5 Years. If you haven’t seen the stage production, understand that if you are looking for an ensemble musical, just know the show really centers around just these two characters and don’t expect a lot of background dialogue – but the lyrics totally spell out the whole story for you! If you have seen it before, enjoy getting swept up in the music again – in fact, I’m writing this post listening to the soundtrack yet again…

Au Bon Pain Winter Menu – Plus Giveaway

A few months ago, I was invited to try Au Bon Pain’s winter menu – yes, they offer seasonal menus! I wasn’t able to make the event, and then I couldn’t go out and try it myself because it was a bit of a walk from my office, but then I headed to Chicago where right in the au bon pain winter menumiddle of my office building was an Au Bon Pain. Finally, I could sample their winter offering!

From specialty breakfast items to desserts to soups, there’s several items available at Au Bon Pain right now for a limited time. These items include:

  • Oven-Hot Country Grilled Cheese with Tomato & Bacon
  • Turkey & Poached Pear Salad
  • Turkey Sausage & Egg White Flatbread
  • Chocolate & Strawberry Cream CroisBun
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie
  • Banana & Greek Yogurt Parfait
  • 12 Veggie Soup
  • Waldorf Turkey Wrap
  • Lemon Crumble Bar
  • Caffe Milano

I’ve been trying to eat healthier (I say this after I ate pizza and a cupcake last night) so I opted for the turkey sausage & egg white flatbread. While it was a little on the greasy side (probably from the melted cheese), it was pretty filling – it even came with spinach and some sharp cheddar cheese. In terms of breakfast sandwiches, I enjoyed it and would certainly order it again.

Do you want to give Au Bon Pain a try? There’s quite a few locations in New York – and we want to make it easy for you. Five lucky readers will each receive a $10 Au Bon Pain gift card. Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win!

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Mark Your Calendars – Free Nutella Pancake Cones on Tuesday

Tuesday, February 17, is International Pancake Day. Dominique Ansel, the guy who created the infamous cronut, and Nutella are comingnutella pancakes together to hand out FREE Nutella Pancake Cones at Grand Central Terminal between 11am – 4pm. Should they run out, there will be other complimentary Nutella treats.

Expect long lines, so get there early. Thanks, Ludmila, for the tip!

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Free Champagne at Sons of Essex

If you don’t have a Valentine and want to spend it just getting drunk, just drink at Sons of Essex this Valentine’sSons of EssexDay! The Lower East Side hotspot, located on Essex between Rivington and Stanton, is offering complimentary Mionetto Prosecco from 7-9pm at the bar. Enjoy!

Free Coffee and Tea on Valentine’s Day at Organic Avenue Soho

To celebrate the one-year “birthday” of its new Soho location, Organic Avenue Soho is offering customers complimentary coffee and tea all organic avenue soho
day on Saturday, February 14th at 62 Bleecker Street, corner of Bleecker and Crosby. Organic Avenue hot and iced coffee is an organic, triple-certified Sumatra blend. The organic tea selection includes six hot teas, brewed iced tea and two bottled iced tea blends. Complimentary healthy mix-ins for coffee and tea include raw almond mylk, Cashew Hemp Mylk, coconut sugar and stevia.  Snag your coffee or tea from 8am – 9pm.

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