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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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Good Enough To Eat is Better than Good

After getting tired of spending Saturday and Sunday mornings at bagel places on the UES, my boyfriend Ben and I headed over to the UWS for brunch last Sunday.  After reading reviews on Yelp, we decided to take the crosstown bus over to Good Enough to Eat.

As we walked down Amsterdam, we saw […]

Award Winning Burgers on the Cheap

Guest Post By Rob Longert, Health Conscious Correspondent

Ever get a hankering for a good, greasy burger? Ok, that is a dumb question because we all need some grease now and then.

I was introduced to Five Guys and Fries in my past life prior to my Weight Watchers days (Over the past year […]

Surprisingly Satisfactory Sushi

After reading four star reviews on Yelp for Ichiro, I decided to check out this sushi establishment on the Upper East Side on Second Ave between 87th and 88th. Although I’ve lived in the neighborhood for several months, I still haven’t found my go-to sushi place so was eager to give this place a […]

Disappointing Nachos at Soho Bistro

Before my flight to Spain last week, I was looking for something in terminal 8 at JFK to hold me over until my wonderful airplane dinner.  My friend Doug and I believe the best thing that can happen to any airport terminal is a Chili’s, with unlimited chips and salsa.  Unfortunately, the best option […]

Third Time’s The (Irish) Charm

On Tuesday night, I, like everyone else in Manhattan, was out celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. It was difficult to find a bar that was bearable (i.e., not too loud, cramped or smelly), but on our third try Doug and I finally ended up at Barfly on 20th and 3rd. Since it’s so close to […]

Sometimes Being Inexpensive Just Isn’t Enough

Okay, maybe it’s not the most authentic sounding name for a Chinatown dumpling restaurant, but after reading several reviews about how about how Vanessa’s Dumpling House served up some of the best tasting and least expensive dumplings in town, I had to check it out. So after wandering through the East Village and LES […]

An Official Historic Landmark – Pete’s Tavern

During one of my early weekends living in Gramercy, my mom came into the city to visit my new place and take me to lunch. Never one to turn down a free meal, I happily obliged and we wandered around until we found ourselves outside of Pete’s Tavern.

Pete’s Tavern is an official historic […]

Max Brenner’s Chocolate Mess is a Mess

If you’ve been reading this blog, you know over the past few weeks I’ve had a craving for Friendly’s, especially for an ice cream sundae.  While traveling out of NYC hasn’t been an option, I decided to look at Yelp for dessert recommendations and unfortunately, most Yelpers recommended heading to your local grocery store […]

Phenomenal Porterhouse at Parlor

After eating at Primehouse during Restaurant Week, Ben and I decided that for our next special occasion, we needed to visit another steakhouse. So when my birthday rolled around last week, we decided to visit Parlor Steakhouse, specifically for the porterhouse for two. 

We made reservations and surprisingly for it being a recession, Parlor was […]

Best Mexican in NYC? Not Quite, but Definitely Worth a Try

Using my trusty City Shuffle Diner’s Deck, I decided to check out a Mexican place in the West Village that I heard about from Foote, a former co-worker. He swore that Diablo Royale was one of the best Mexican places in the city, so I had to see if it lived up to the […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost