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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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Tasty and Historical Food Tour of Little Italy and Chinatown (and a Deal Alert!)

Several months ago Laura (thoughts in italics) and I purchased vouchers for Ahoy NY Tours & Tastings‘ food tour of Little Italy and Chinatown (look below for your own discount). We knew we liked the cuisines that both areas had to offer, but we weren’t sure what to expect of the 3 hour tour. […]

Chinese and Unlimited Wine at the Cottage

Guest Post by Jenni Maier, Editor of the Post Grad Blog

I am probably the stingiest person I’ve ever met. I’m also probably the hungriest. I could eat 24 hours a day and I rarely turn down an offer to grab dinner. In order to avoid shelling out $20 for these dinners, I’m constantly […]

New Apartment, New Chinese Spot

I like to think it was a sign from God.  As my roommate Alex and I opened the door to our new apartment in Murray Hill, a flurry of take-out menus attacked us.  One, however, stood out – a Chinese take-out menu that offered combination dinners for under $7.

Now, I love a good […]

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 […]

Cheap Combination Chinese Dinners on the UES

After a good weekend with a great crew up in Saratoga for a Dave Matthews Band concert, my roommates and I decided that a relaxing evening of takeout and tv was in order.  We recently received a menu for the grand opening of Guang Ming, a Chinese takeout restaurant on 1st between 91st and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chinatown NeverVisitingAgain

Last night in the snow, we decided to order in from Chinatown East, a Chinese/Japanese/Thai restaurant on third avenue between 92nd and 93rd.  Honestly, the fact that it served cuisine from all over Asia probably should have been the first red flag.  A friend and I decided to split Chicken Pad Thai, and we […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost