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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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Books for less than a beer

Without a doubt, the Strand in Union Square has to be one of my favorite places in the city. Granted, I never really set foot in the store and browse (unless I’m on a date to show the young gentleman that I’m practically a celebrity since my name and a picture of myself is […]

Street Carts: Classy or Trashy?

Since starting my job in NYC, I’ve been tempted with the smell of Rafiqui’s Street Cart.  Even the smell of gyros at 8:55 a.m. could send my stomach into an instant growl.  However, for one reason or another, when grabbing a bite to eat I found myself heading over to an establishment that had […]

Tequilaville – So if I sit at the bar, the beer is $2.75 but at the table it’s $6?

The girls and I headed over to Tequilaville for a quick drink and snack before a show.  As we headed over to midtown, we thought it might be best to avoid our typical Murray Hill bar strip – Blockheads and the Wharf – and grab a drink near Grand Central.  When walking in, we […]

Taste of Italy in the UES

Guest Post by Caryn, Gramercy Correspondent

I used to live in the east 60s, and one of my staples was Angels Restaurant on 62nd and 1st. This place has been around forever and is known for its wide assortment of delicious pastas, among other classic Italian dishes. The portions are huge and the prices […]

Socrates Sculpture Park – Will There Only Be Greek Statues?

Happened to be in Astoria the other day and looking to entertain guests in town before they headed back home when we stumbled across Socrates Sculpture Park down in Long Island City.  For someone who is not a big art fan, the thought of Socrates and sculpture instantly made me think I’d be spending […]

Try This Trick: Drinkdeal.com

Guest Post by Caryn, Gramercy Correspondent

In need of a new happy hour spot, but can’t find a good place with cheap drinks? Check out Drink Deal, a Web site dedicated to compiling happy hour specials in Manhattan. You can search for happy hour specials by neighborhood, night, type of special (e.g., wine, […]

Jasmine – Where’s the Lunch Special?


Editor’s note: This place is now closed.

After being told repeatedly at a Rutgers football game that Jasmine was the place for Thai on the UES, I headed over to 84th and 2nd for lunch while working from home.  Granted it was 2pm on Friday in one of the more residential areas […]

Goodbye Hipsters, Hello Manhattan

After 471 days of living in Williamsburg, I’ve crossed the east river and finally found my young professional self in a place that I call home – the Upper East Side.  I’ve left a life filled with men in skinny jeans, restaurants that close at 11 and bars that play songs I never heard […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost