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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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The Water Club: Just Average

With my parents in town last week, I decided that we’d experience an extended Restaurant Week menu.  My mom and dad have heard about my many meals during various Restaurant Weeks, so I thought it’d be nice for them to try out the infamous three course menu for the first time.

Since we all […]

Frank Delivers Great Value As Promised

Before my friend Andrea left NYC for Kansas City, she made a list of restaurants she always wanted to go to, and I was more than happy to accompany her on a few before she headed out of town. So back in July we went to Frank, the famous East Village Italian restaurant known […]

Stay Far Away From La Palapa

I’ve been making my way through the Diner’s Deck cards and was in the mood for Mexican a few weeks ago. La Palapa is the third Mexican spot I tried in the deck (I previously hit up Diablo Royale and Mexican Radio), and by far the greatest disappointment. The other two had some really good […]

Carnegie Deli, Serving Up Delicious Sandwiches

Guest Post by Andy Zanzal, My Dad, Tourist Correspondent

If you’re looking for an intimate pre-matinee lunch in the theatre district, the Carnegie Deli on 7th Avenue near 55th Street is not the place to find it. In this very busy establishment, diners are seated about as close together as US Airways economy […]

Lobster Rolls in NYC

The blue skies have finally arrived, the heat is unbearable – it’s most definitely summer, so I needed my summer lobster roll fix. As a kid I went to Montauk for family vacations and I was used to having my “Lunch” lobster roll every year. Now nothing can quite compare to Lunch/The […]

Delicious Sandwiches at Lamazou

When looking for a place to grab lunch the other day, I decided to check out Yelp for some great sandwich shops in the Murray Hill area.  Luckily, I stumbled across Lamazou.

Lamazou is a little cheese shop, located on 3rd between 26th and 27th that has imported treats from around the world – […]

Did I Order Pad Thai or Lo Mein?

Our little lunch group in the office has expanded from our usual cheap lunch spots – Subway and street carts – and recently began ordering in at least once a week.  Recently, we were attracted to the Thai restaurant Jaiya, because of the lunch specials.

Located in Murray Hill and Long Island City, Jaiya […]

Sweet Treats at Blue Marble

Guest Post by Sarah Coniski, Upper West Side Correspondent

With the summer-like temperatures finally upon us, it is the prime season to think about and eat ice cream. As part of my effort to justify eating all of those delicious calories, I make sure that when I’m going to eat it, it’s from a […]

Chinese, Thai, Japanese, BYOB? This Place Has It All

Once again inspired by Laura, I was in the mood for Thai food. I thought of going uptown to try Osha after reading her review (the BYOB was particularly appealing), but much to my delight I stumbled across a new Thai place of my own to try. While walking around the neighborhood the other […]

Delicious Barbecue at Dinosaur

For years, I’ve been hearing how great Dinosaur Bar B Que is from my roommates.  Unfortunately, during every major outing to Harlem for pulled pork, ribs and mac & cheese, I was out of town.  So when we were riding the NJ Transit bus from the George Washington Bridge stop to visit our friends […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost