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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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Guess I’ll Keep Fishing for a Good Seafood Restaurant

Headed over to Atlantic Grill for the annual “Restaurant Week Meal with the Girls”.  In our past few restaurant weeks together, Dory, Alex and I have been to Zoe and Spice Market, neither which were particularly good (another time we had to cancel our reservations at Indochine because Dory had to interview the Jonas […]

Not too shabby: $15 for Food and Booze

Guest Post by Caryn Donohue, Gramercy Correspondent

Last week my roommate and I were looking for a cute, but more importantly, cheap, restaurant for a catch-up dinner.  I dug around a little and came across Luca Bar in the East Village which is part of the Luca Lounge restaurant/bar group…but I heard Luca Lounge […]

Fast-food Mexican Gets an Upgrade

Guest Post by Caryn Donohue, Gramercy Correspondent

I love Mexican food – it’s one of my top favorite three cuisines (Italian and Thai being the other two) – but I can’t stand places like Chipotle, Qdoba or Moe’s. I think the food’s nasty and I always end up with vicious stomach pains after […]

Battle of the Astoria Delis – Othello’s

After I learned that Sal, Kris & Charlie’s Deli in Astoria closed early, I decided to come prepared the next time I headed to Astoria.  As a back up, I found Othello’s on Yelp, another highly rated deli, which was open much later hours.  Although my visit to SKC was successful the second time, […]

Battle of the Astoria Delis – Sal, Kris & Charlie’s

When I saw that one of the highest rated restaurants on Yelp was a deli in Astoria, I was making plans to visit this deli faster than you can say “hold the mayo”.  So one Thursday night around 8:45, I got off the Ditmars Blvd stop in Astoria, practically skipping to this mecca of […]

Try This Trick: Don’t Leave Home Without Your City Shuffle Decks

Guest Post by Caryn Donohue, Gramercy Correspondent

If you haven’t heard of the City Shuffle Decks, then listen up.  For only $30 you can purchase $10 gift certificates to 52 pre-selected restaurants in Manhattan. That’s a $520 value for only $30!  The restaurants are organized by neighborhood and cuisine which is really helpful, and […]

Smorgas Chef – I’ll take the Swedish Chef..

When my aunt and uncle came to town this weekend, they were kind enough to treat me to brunch downtown in the financial district at the Smorgas Chef.  Smorgas Chef boasts Scandinavian cuisine and has four locations around town.

The restaurant down on Stone Street is fairly small and on a freezing Saturday morning, […]

I’ll Have a Glass of Wine With a Panini on the Side

Guest Post by Caryn Donohue, Gramercy Correspondent

Being the deal-hunting lady that I am, I heard about Vero Restaurant & Wine Bar‘s Monday night special through trusty sites like Yelp.com and Eats.com. This is truly a rare find in NYC – on Monday nights you get a free panini with every glass of […]

You are charging me extra for sleeping in?

Headed over to Bagel Express this morning on 93rd and 2nd in search of a really good bacon egg and cheese sandwich on an onion bagel.  Have to say, I wasn’t disappointed with the sandwich.  Bagel was soft and had just the right amount of onion flavor, bacon wasn’t fatty or disgusting, and the […]

College Cafeteria Sushi at NYC Prices

Guest Post by Caryn Donohue, Gramercy Correspondent

I know plenty of people will disagree with me, but I went to Haru Sushi in Gramercy Park a few Sunday nights ago and was not impressed.  Granted, I didn’t try a lot on the menu, but besides the edamame, I was quite disappointed in my […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost