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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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A Practically Perfect Pizza Place (Do You Like That Alliteration?)

My roommate and I went out to dinner at Posto Thin Crust Pizza a week or so ago to celebrate my birthday. Although we’ve walked by it a bunch of times neither of us had ever tried it, so this was the perfect excuse. It had a nice outdoor seating area, but it […]

I’m Obsessed with Olive’s

One of the things I’m most thankful about my new job (yes, newsflash:  I now work for an NYC deal and discount Web site) is that my coworker Wells has introduced me to Olive’s.  This little soup, salad and sandwich shop in Soho produces some of the most phenomenal sandwiches.

While I hate to […]

Am I Licking Charcoals?

Fridays when I grew up meant pizza.  So a few Fridays back, we decided to head to Veloce for some pies.

It was around 9 p.m. when we showed up and tables were scarce, but the host said he could squeeze us in.  He made a big deal of putting our table of 4 […]

Too Much Attitude at Alidoro

When I got an instant message that said, “I just had the best Italian sandwich in NYC” from my friend Dave, I immediately copied the Yelp review and sent it to my entire office.  Within 10 minutes of receiving the initial message, I was already en route to Alidoro.

As we turned down Sullivan […]

Fabulous Dinner at Favela Cubana

Last week, Caryn (thoughts in italics) and I were invited to dine at Favela Cubana, serving up both Brazilian and Cuban cuisine (not fusion).  Located in Greenwich Village, this restaurant surprisingly is set back so far off the street that it reminded me of the a strip mall in the ‘burbs.  Favela Cubana has a […]

Average Dinner at East of Eighth

Saturday night my roommate and I headed out to dinner with a few friends.  Since two of the six of us live on the West Side, we decided to try the dining scene out on the West Side for once.  About 20 places were booked for the night for a table of six, but […]

Great Food And Even Better Service At Piccolo’s

My mom came in for a quick visit on Saturday so I needed to find a nearby place for brunch. There aren’t a ton of options in Gramercy, so I racked my brain as we walked down Third Avenue. After perusing a few menus, we decided on Piccolo Italian Restaurant’s $13 brunch menu […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost