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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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Doesn’t Break the Bank at Bella Napoli

You know you must be a big hit at an office when on your first day, 8 of your co-workers join you for a lunch out – and that’s just what happened when our former intern, McKenna, arrived this week to start full time.  Meanwhile, I couldn’t even get 8 co-workers to come out […]

A Little Bit of Italy for $11

On my walk home from work I noticed a small Italian restaurant next to Vezzo with a hand-written sign outside promoting a new deal: $11 for a pasta dish and a glass of wine. I certainly liked the sound of that, so I mentally checked Da’ Giulio as a place to try, but it […]

Chef Ho’s Cooks Up Great Chinese

My roommates love Chinese food, and while I prefer Thai, I decided to accompany them for Chinese for my roommate Justin’s birthday at Chef Ho’s.

Chef Ho’s isn’t your typical grungy Chinese takeout place.  Instead it’s a nice looking upscale restaurant with the whole white table clothes and China.  I was a little afraid […]

May Meze Madness is Magnificent

Caryn (thoughts are in italics) and I headed over to Pera for the “May Meze Madness” on Thursday.  For $9, we were able to sample 3 different appetizers each.  We sat at the bar and sipped on some recommended cocktails.  I tried the pomegranate martini and found it to be pretty good […]

Great Nachos, But Not the Absolute BEST that NYC Has to Offer

We at 89th and Broke are huge nacho fans, and to date we’ve found the Wharf’s to be the best. But we’re always open to new possibilities, and it’s our open-mindedness that led Alicia and I to Professor Thoms one night to try their much-hyped nachos.

We enjoyed the happy hour specials ($3 domestic […]

“ThaiNY” Portions, But Some Dishes Have Big Flavor

Doug, Milos, Paul and I were in the mood for some Thai food a week or two ago, so we headed over to ThaiNY. I’d seen this place walking to work and the lunch menu posted online looked great – $7 for an appetizer and entrée. I was sold.

The inside is pretty cool […]

Cheap Breakfast at Bagel Bob’s

On the way to breakfast one weekend morning, we were searching for a Bank of America.  While google maps pointed us in the wrong direction, it conveniently sent us to Bagel Bob’s on 86th and York.

Instead of heading back to our breakfast favorite, Bagel Mill, we decided to try Bagel Bob’s and was […]

Mixed Emotions at Michael Angelo’s Pizzeria

Sick of eating Thai, subs and sushi in Astoria, I decided to find a pizza place on Yelp and came across Michael Angelo’s Pizzeria, located right off the Ditmars Blvd subway stop.  

Ben and I headed over to the pizza place, which is known for their thin crust pizza, and sat on the back […]

The Famed Brunch Broke the Bank

I guess I was naïve. I thought that the much hyped brunch at HK Cafe was $13 for your meal and AYCD. I’m an idiot. I figured this out upon arrival, but was met with another little surprise: the price of AYCD has risen to $15. I don’t do brunch very often, so maybe […]

Mexican Radio – I Don’t Get the Name, But I Like the Food

Last Friday I went to dinner at Mexican Radio before heading over to Finnerty’s to meet up with some other friends. I went to Mexican Radio once before for a friend’s birthday party and really enjoyed it (and I may have been to the one in Hudson county too, I can’t remember). Anyway, I […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost