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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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Burgers, Pancakes, and LES, Oh My

Joint Post by Caryn and Laura, Caryn’s Thoughts in Italics

After writing about the pancake special at Clinton St. Baking Company earlier this month, we clearly had to swing by to check the restaurant out. We headed over with a few of our friends on a Tuesday night. With a group of 5, we […]

Middle Eastern Food, Strike 2

Headed over to Turkish Kitchen for dinner the other night because we had a 20% off coupon.  I won’t leave you in suspense – I’m starting to think I might not like Middle Eastern food that isn’t served from a street cart.

I walked into Turkish Kitchen, and immediately smelled a whiff of B.O.  […]

Cheaper Than a Movie: Two Beers and an Appetizer

I knew I was seeing my friend Parker last night for drinks, but unfortunately I didn’t do my due diligence and scout out a place beforehand. After wandering around Murray Hill for a bit, I remembered the new Chinese restaurant that I had passed a few times on the way to work. Yan Yan […]

Artichoke – Worth the Hype?

After a night out at Professor Thom’s last weekend to celebrate a friend’s birthday, I knew exactly where I was going to grab my late night dining fix.  For months, I had watched a line grow outside of the pizza place Artichoke as I made my way down 14th street.  I had been dying […]

$3 Margaritas + Terrific Tacos = Love

For a year and a half, Blockheads has been my go-to spot for frozen margaritas.  With $3 frozen margaritas, you really can’t go wrong.  Lately though, Blockheads is my go-to Mexican restaurant spot.

Whether getting take out or eating at the restaurant, I’ve been very pleased with my recent Blockheads experiences.  While there are […]

Can I have my free appetizers? Thanks.

Headed over to TG Whitney’s for my co-worker Lauren’s birthday this evening.  We decided on TG Whitney’s after Caryn shared the following from CitySearch’s Web site –

Recession Special Tues & Wed- Complimentary Chicken Tenders, Wings & Potato Skins on the Hour!

Clearly, I had to check this out so when Lauren asked where […]

20at20 – Not a Myth

Since living in New York, I’ve always come across the 20at20 Off Broadway deal and wondered if it was really true.  Well, I tried the deal twice this week.  The basic premise is that you show up in-person to the theatre’s box office 20 minutes before the show and if there are tickets available, […]

If I Were a Rich Girl, I’d Eat at Rice to Riches Daily

Oh Rice to Riches, how I love you and your rice pudding.

I can’t remember ever trying rice pudding prior to living in NYC, but after having rice pudding at Rice to Riches, there is no other establishment where I would like to try this tasty dessert.

Rice to Riches is located down on […]

Ilili: Second Time is Not the Charm

The military follows a “No man left behind” policy.  I follow a “never leave a dessert uneaten” policy.  On January 29, 2009, for the first time in my life, I didn’t finish a dessert.

I understand leaving behind the crust of a pie, but I left the whole dessert on the table.

After not […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost