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89th And Broke

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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$25 For All You Can Drink Beer and All You Can Eat Wings at Slainte on Mondays

I love beer and I love wings – so this deal has my name all over it. Mondays at Slainte on Bowery and 1st offers this fantastic deal – $25 gets you all you can eat wings and all you can drink Narraganset. Cheers!

$5 Uber Rides

If you are traveling within Manhattan below 125th Street through Sunday, consider user Uber’s uberPOOL feature. They are offering $5 flat rates when you select this option – if your route matches with a fellow passenger, you’ll pick that passenger up along the way and car pool. I’ve tried it before, and I’ve never matched, so chances are you may be able to scoop this $5 ride for yourself! New to Uber? Click here to get a free $20 credit.

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I Tried It: Ipsy April 2015 Review

Full disclosure: I didn’t start wearing makeup until I graduated from college and my mom insisted I visit the Clinique counter before my move to the big city. Once living in the city, I have been well-connected with beauty friends who surprise me with samples. I’ve loved the thrill of diving into a bag, and pulling out random perfumes, eye shadows and falling in love with new products. So when I turned 30 and received some birthday money, instead of saving it, I decided to buy something for me – and that’s how I discovered Ipsy.

Ipsy essentially is that thrill I already described – you fill out a beauty quiz (aka a survey) on types of fun facts like eye colors, products you use the most, etc. and for $10 a month, you get a Glam Bag curated with 5 beauty products – some are full size products, some are samples. If you want additional savings, you can purchase a year subscription for $110. Ipsy was started by the YouTube sensation, Michelle Phan and she works with her stylists to select these different products.

So I signed up for Ipsy, and will admit, was turned off at first. It said I was on a wait list and the only way to skip it was to share on Facebook and ask my friends to join. I hate that stuff, so not cool. So I emailed them asking if I could skip the wait list because I was really excited about it. I learned though they convert Waitlisters in batches and always move a big group at the beginning of each month. Moral of the story – if you sign up now and don’t get in immediately, don’t worry.

I got alerted when my bag was being shipped. I opened it up and literally screamed that this bag was perfectly made for me! The theme was “Beautifully Bohemian” and included all of my favorite types of products, like:

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  • JulieG Nail Color: I love nail polish and a few years back, opted to skip a bi-weekly mani/pedi and save time and money and do it at home. The color Damsel is a fun “mid-ton”, perfect for spring. I put it on over the week with a Sally Hansen Bottom and Top Coat, and after 4 days – and lots of dishes – is just starting to chip at the tops of a few nails. Went on smooth and easy. Definitely would use again.
  • theBalm Cosmetics NUDE Dude Eye Shadow Single in Fit: I love eye shadows and exclusively wear any shade of brown (unless it’s a wedding and then I go fancy). While it’s a little lighter than what I’ve been wearing lately (it’s a light shimmery copper), will definitely go into the rotation.
  • Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick: I love lipstick. I don’t wear it often but when I do, it makes me feel super dressed up. I got the Melted Peony shade which is a light pink. I like how easy this was to apply and that it didn’t leave my lips sticky, but could use a brighter color. Wasn’t a huge fan of the shade.
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk: Aside from regular shampoo, dry shampoo is one of my most recent hair care purchases lately so was excited to receive this travel size. I love using dry shampoo when lightly working out so you can extend a previous day’s style.
  • Aromachology Sophisticated & Sensual:  I love perfume – in fact I have a whole perfume bar in my room. I like that this was a light floral scent, not over powering. I also liked it was one of those roll on perfumes too vs. a mini spray!

Overall, I was very impressed with my first bag. Everything I’d use – maybe not daily – but definitely would test out and try. I’m already looking forward to my next Glam Bag.

If you want to give Ipsy a try, I encourage you to use my referral link. I’ll get points that can go to future samples at Ipsy.

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Reminder: Choice Streets Tickets Still on Sale

One of my favorite food events of the year – and quite possibly my favorite – is happening in two weeks –  Choice Streets! Held on the Intrepid on Tuesday, May 5, guests will enjoy samplings from 20+ food trucks and free drinks from 8-11pm. Tickets are $55 and last year, you got passport so you can get a sample at each truck that you visit (pending availability). If you want to get in as a VIP and get an extra hour of eating plus a gift bag and an exclusive happy hour, tickets are $85. For $65, you can get an early entry ticket and get an extra 30 minutes of eating. Honestly, if you want to avoid the lines and make sure you don’t miss out on any food, I’d recommend going early or VIP. It’s nice to avoid the crowds and start eating.

I like Choice Streets because unlike other food events, there’s a ton of space on the Intrepid, so you don’t feel like a sardine.

Here’s who is participating this year:

  • Andy’s Italian Ice
  • Big D’s Grub
  • Brooklyn Organic Coffee & Tea
  • Carl’s Steaks
  • Domo Taco
  • Gorilla Cheese
  • Korilla BBQ
  • Langos Truck
  • Mike ‘n Willie’s
  • Ponti Rossi
  • Snowday
  • Solber Pupusas
  • Sweet Chili
  • The Treats Truck
  • Valudcci’s Pizza
  • Yankee Doodle Dandy’s

Here’s our list of favorites from last year’s event. Are you planning on attending Choice Streets?

Win Two Tickets to Clinton The Musical

As Hillary Clinton announces her run for president, here at 89th and Broke, we’re giving away two tickets to see Clinton the Musical.CLN_S030_375x375

The National Review calls this show, “Ribald and entertaining!  Clinton The Musical is every bit as outrageous as you might think.” Here’s the show’s description:

It’s 1992.  Scrunchies are in and mullets are out.  “Baywatch” is a hit and Time Magazine’s Man of the Year is Bill Clinton.  He’s optimistic, charismatic, and he’s bringing saxy back!  Clinton the Musical is a sensational and satirical look at the 42nd President, who upholds the ideals of Lady Liberty while simultaneously charming the pantsuit off her. With Hillary by his side, he’s bringing new life to the party.

If you don’t win the contest, you can still see the show at a great deal for $39 (tickets are regularly $75 – $95). To see the show at this special rate, visit telechargeoffers.com and use code CTRED49 or call 212-947-8844 and mention code CTRED49.

 
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Chef-Made Meals Delivered to Your Door with Munchery – Plus $20 Munchery Promo Code

One of the reasons I started blogging was that I have a problem – when I like something, I tell everyone I know (hence me sending an email yesterday to a to of my co-workers with a Munchery promo code and showing them my awesome Munchery delivery).

First off, what is Munchery? Launched in New York in March 2015, Munchery  is chef-made meals that are delivered straight to your door. Each day there is a daily menu, Munchery Promo Codewith dishes created from chefs at some very famous restaurants (yes, my sushi last night was from a chef from Blue Ribbon and Nobu). Unlike Seamless, if you are feeling sushi and your boyfriend is feeling BBQ, you can order both meals on one order. Nutrition facts are included, and you can choose in addition to main entrees, sides, salads, desserts and drinks. There are even kids menus too. Menus change daily so you could order Munchery every day for a week and never get bored.

Dishes are fully cooked and chilled for maximum freshness and served in over and microwave-safe containers for easy heating in less than 10 minutes.

So let me tell you about my experience. I live in Queens, so unfortunately Munchery doesn’t deliver to my apartment – but they do deliver to my job in Manhattan. I put in my zip code, and saw a bunch of dishes – I almost went with Chef Steven Pereyda’s (Aureole, The Bazaar) seared slow-poached chicken thigh with barley and mushrooms ($10.95), but I was feeling sushi and went with a lobster sushi roll instead ($15.95) and edamame ($2.95). Delivery charge is $2.95.  I also had the option to tip as well on top of my order. Now I had a $20 credit (and you can get your credit here too), so when it was all said and done, dinner cost me $4.85.

I picked the time slot I wanted my food to arrive, and received a text message a few minutes before it came to my door. I had picked 4-5pm since I was getting it delivered to work and it is difficult for folks to enter the building at 5pm and it arrived promptly at 4:05 pm.

As you can see in the picture, I received a handwritten note, a free chocolate chip cookie, and my sushi and edamame. Sushi was delicious and I loved that I could reheat my edamame without dumping it into another bowl – major plus for microwave safe packaging. It also came with a separate container of salt.

And if that’s not all, you can feel good about eating from Munchery. Every time you order, they feed someone in need through a local food bank.

I’m a huge fan of Munchery – it was easy, delicious and my meal was very healthy. I liked that it arrived chilled too – and my friend Yael gave me the best suggestion too that if it arrived and I had last minute dinner plans, I could easily put it in the fridge and have for lunch the next day.

I encourage you to give Munchery a try – click here to get a free $20 credit (I get a credit too for the referral, but I’m sure once you get started, you’ll be sharing your personal referral link with all your friends). Now the only question is – what items will you pick to have for dinner?

If you give us a try let us know what you think!

2015 Tax Day Freebies and Deals

There are a ton of Tax Day freebies today! Here are my five picks to check out here in New York, but the full list is here!

  • Boston Market is offering buy one Individual Meal and get a second Individual Meal for free today. This offer applies to dine-in and carry-out purchases and no coupon is required. Find a Boston Market here.
  • Fill up your frozen yogurt at Orange Leaf for $4.15. Claim the coupon here and find a store here.
  • ESquared Hospitality is offering 50% off all alcoholic beverages including cocktails, beer, and wines by the glass/bottle) at local participating locations (BLT Steak New York, BLT Prime New York, BLT Bar & Grill, Casa Nonna, Horchata and BLT Steak White Plains)
  • Get a discounted cucumber margarita at Whiskey Park (59th and 6th) for $8.88
  • Sing your favorite song on-stage at Hard Rock Cafe and get a free burger.

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s

Today is not only my future husband’s birthday, but it’s free cone day! If you find yourself near a Ben & Jerry’s from 12-8pm, pop in today for a free coneParticipating locations are listed Free cone daybelow:

  • 200 West 44th Street
  • Rockefeller Plaza, Concourse Level
  • 405 Washington Street, Hoboken

Coming Up! The Big Cheesy – Grilled Cheese Event!

A few weeks ago, I went to the Mac Daddy event at Openhouse Gallery on Mulberry between Kenmare and Spring. I was able to sample 6 different mac and cheeses, and enjoy twoScreenshot_3 Goose Island beers. I left stuffed, and am embarrassed to admit it, but I couldn’t even finish that second beer – I was way too full.

Well this event is happening again, but this time with grilled cheese, another favorite of mind. Held April 18 and 19, tickets are $30 and you select the hour time slot you want to go and snack on delicious grilled cheese. I went a few years ago to The Big Cheesy (back in 2013) and it was awesome. The best part is every vendor offers something different – some grilled cheeses had truffle oil, some had tomato soup – so it’s nice to try such a variety.

Buy your tickets to The Big Cheesy here!

BOGO at Starbucks: Teavana Oprah Cinnamon Chai Lattes!

Swing by Starbucks this afternoon, Friday afternoon or Saturday afternoon from 2-5pm. Why? Buy one Teavana Oprah Cinnamon Chai Latte, and you’ll get a second one free to share with a friend.

And you can feel good drinking your Teavana Oprah Cinnamon Chai latte. Every time Teavana Oprah Cinnamon Chai is purchased, 25 cents is donated to support youth education. And in the last year, Oprah and Teavana have raised $5 million dollars to support organizations like Girls Inc., National CARES Mentoring Movement, Pathways to College and U.S. Dream Academy.

Enjoy the BOGO!

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Full disclosure: Teavana is my client. 

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