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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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Traveling Treats: Primanti Brothers, an Edible Tradition

Guest Post By Caryn Donohue, Gramercy Correspondent

Now Pittsburgh may not be the most “happening” place in the country, but if you ever find yourself in the Steel City you must stop by the famous Primanti Brothers to taste a piece of Pittsburgh history – a sandwich stacked with the meat of your […]

“Talent” Thai Kitchen

The one nice thing about working during a holiday week is that you have the ability to enjoy a lunch that isn’t at your desk.  That being said, my co-workers and I headed over to Talent Thai Kitchen on 34th between 2nd and 3rd.  For it being 1:30 on a Monday, the place was […]

City Bakery – The Best Hot Chocolate?

When AMNY listed the best places to grab hot chocolate this holiday season, you could bet that I was determined to try a couple of them.  So when the boyfriend and I found ourselves in Union Square doing some holiday shopping, we immediately thought of hitting up City Bakery on 18th between 5th and […]

Chinatown NeverVisitingAgain

Last night in the snow, we decided to order in from Chinatown East, a Chinese/Japanese/Thai restaurant on third avenue between 92nd and 93rd.  Honestly, the fact that it served cuisine from all over Asia probably should have been the first red flag.  A friend and I decided to split Chicken Pad Thai, and we […]

Unlimited Toppings at Tasty

I love salads for lunch, but I have found my problem in NYC is the price you have to pay for a decent salad.  Head over to any lunch spot, and you’ll find yourself paying per topping or visiting the dreaded weight scale.  I don’t know about you, but forking up $7.25 for a […]

Vespa – An Italian Gem on the UES

This week I headed over to one of my favorite spots on the UES, Vespa.  Vespa is a great Italian restaurant on 2nd avenue between 84th and 85th.  I’ve been here three times – once with friends, once with my parents and another time with my friend’s parents – and no matter what, it’s […]

The (Nan)King of Asian Fusion

Guest Post by Caryn Donohue, Gramercy Correspondent

My Dad, a Long Island native, is a foodie and loves to peruse restaurant reviews and recipes, so he pays attention when the New York Times bothers traveling to Long Island to review new restaurants.  A lover of Asian and spicy foods, this review whet his appetite […]

Ice Skating Attempt, Take 3

This weekend, the boyfriend and I attempted to go ice skating again.  After a disappointing time at the Natural History Museum’s ice rink, we were determined to find the perfect ice skating rink in NYC.  Since we were in the Bryant Park area, we checked out the Pond.  Now the Pond boasts […]

Heat Up this Winter at Atomic Wings

Guest Post By Caryn Donohue, Gramercy Correspondent

Odds are you’ve tried Atomic Wings, or at least heard of them.  But if you’re one of the few that hasn’t, you better find a location near you ASAP – preferably one that’s part of a bar like Blue Moon or Down the Hatch (they taste […]

Museums for Free!

During my second year in New York, I’ve been trying to take advantage of some of the cultural activities the city has to offer, but often museums and zoos can come at a bit of a price. I will say a few of the museums do a “pay what you wish” […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost