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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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Free Sweets in LIC This Saturday

Sweetery NYC truck will be at Hunter’s Point South Park LIC handing out free treats from 1-2pm on November 15! Here’s the tweet with thesweetery details.


Free Noodle or Burger Dish on Saturday at Xi’an Famous Foods UES Spot

This Saturday, November 15, is the grand opening of Xi’an Famous Foods on 78th between 2nd and 1st. To celebrate, they are giving their followers on either Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Weibo a choice of a free noodle or burger dish. Just show your phone to the cashier to get your free dish. Hours are 11:30 am – 6:00 pm.

Thanks to NYC Daily Deals for the tip.

Classpass Offers $50 Sign On Bonus

Today marks my 100th Classpass class!  Classpass now offers a $50 credit if you sign up by Sunday night.

Yes, adult gymnastics.

Yes, adult gymnastics.

What’s Classpass? For $99 a month, you get UNLIMITED CLASSES to boutique studios all around the city like RowHouse or Physique 57, classes that are normally $35 a pop. I’ve been doing Classpass since Memorial Day and I absolutely love it. I totally recommend you try it over the gym – it’s been fun to go to places around the city and try different workouts (I even tried adult gymnastics and spinning in a pool). Plus, if you are scared to try other workouts, ClassPass kind of makes you – you can only attend one studio three times per month.

Right now, Classpass is offering a promotion where (full disclosure) if you sign up with my link, you and I both get a $50 Visa gift card. So if you’ve been thinking about trying Classpass, now’s the time.

Since I started writing about Classpass I’ve gotten emails from a few of you that it has changed your life. It definitely has changed mine – I would dread going to the gym and skip it more often than not. With Classpass, since I have to book classes in advance, I go – especially since you are charged $20 if you miss a class. At the same time, once in awhile I get comments that classes are always full on Classpass. If you do sign up, here’s how you can maximize your membership:

1). Set Your Alarm for 11:55am: Why? At noon, you can sign up for next week’s classes. So if it’s Tuesday, you can sign up for the following Tuesday’s classes at that time. I often take a look at the schedule a few minutes before to figure out what I want to take.

2). Go with a friend: The $20 motivates me to go to a class, but having a workout buddy definitely makes me more likely to wake up in the morning – especially on those rainy days. Knowing my friend Sarah is going to be at class certainly makes me more likely to go!

3). Become a regular: As mentioned, you can only go to a class 3 times per billing cycle but get in a routine. I know where I’ll be most Tuesday mornings – and my alternate Tuesday class on that one week I can’t go.

4). Get in a routine: I workout Monday-Friday, and pick classes at 7am or 7:30am. That’s it. I know my alarm will go off at 5:40 am since I commute to Manhattan from Queens for classes, and as a result, try to go to bed by 11. Once you are in a routine, it’s much easier to get up – plus by taking morning classes, there’s less of a chance I’ll be stuck at work and miss a class.

Check out a list of my favorite classes here! And if you want that $50 sign up bonus, click here! You must sign up by 11:59 pm on Sunday night.

Starbucks Buy One Get One Holiday Drinks is Back

Now through November 16, head to Starbucks from 2-5pm for BOGO holiday drinks.  Choose from Gingerbread Latte, Caramel Brulee Latte and Peppermint Mocha.

Win Tickets to the Brightness of Heaven

TBOH logo 375x375Let’s start this week off with a contest to win two tickets to The Brightness of Heaven!

This show, which plays at the Cherry Lane Theater in the West Village, is about The Kilgannons  a typical Irish family in 1974 Buffalo. However, the world is changing fast, the generation gap is widening, and the future is up for grabs. Will the Kilgannons find the serenity to accept the things they cannot change and the wisdom to know that what needs changing most is sitting around the dinner table? The Brightness of Heaven is a witty drama about family, faith, and the ties that bind — sometimes too tightly.

And, at every performance, one audience member will be randomly selected based on seating location to win a prize and then will automatically be entered into our weekly drawing for a Restaurant Gift Certificate.

We’re offering one reader two tickets to see this show but we have a discount code available as well. Use the code BHRR to get $40 tickets, marked down from $66. You can buy tickets here or call 212-352-3103.

Want to win tickets? Fill out the form below!
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Spend $45 on Amazon Gift Cards, Get $10 Back

Pretty good deal going on at Amazon right now if you’ve never bought a gift card before and are an Amazon Prime Member. Purchase $45 or more on gift cards by November 15 and use the code HOLIDAYGCS at checkout. You’ll get $10 back within two days of placing your order. Only catch? You must use the $10 by January 1.

You can scoop up this deal if you are doing the free trial of Amazon Prime.

I’m Obsessed with Savored

I’ve stopped subscribing to Groupon, LivingSocial – mostly because I found myself buying deals, andsavored having heart palpitations that I needed to redeem the deal before the expiration date. It’d often be the week before and I’d find myself trying to dine an hour out of my way to use the deal – and there’d be 80 other people doing the same thing. Or my girlfriends and I would all agree to go in on a deal and none of us would then have schedules that would align, and then we’d spend time trying to find another person to take that share.

But enter Savored. Now Savored is a Groupon company, but what I like is that you can last minute make a reservation through the site and get a percentage off your bill. I tried it last week – a group of us wanted to go get Italian near Hell’s Kitchen and wanted to save some money. Rather than search different menus to find who might have an early bird dinner, I headed straight to Savored. I searched for the neighborhood and the type of cuisine and found Cara Mia. I could see diners comments and that it was rated highly, so I booked a reservation through Savored. Before we ordered, I mentioned to my waiter we booked on Savored, and 20% was deducted from my bill. No need to show my phone or print a coupon – just simply tell the waiter.

I tried Savored again with friends later that week, and it worked seamlessly. If you are looking to make a dinner reservation and don’t have a particular spot in mind, check out Savored. The savings might help!


I Tried Beanitos Chips – and You Can Win a Case Too!

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but in the past few months, I’ve seen signs for Beanitos everywhere – from bus stops to phone booths – so I was so excited to get the chance to try them.

Beanitos are chips made from beans (black beans, pinto beans or white beans depending on the flavor), free of preservatives, and made with only natural non-GMO ingredients. They are filled with fiber and protein, and make you feel a little less guilty for snacking on chips. Now I love anything with beans – give me a side of black beans, refried beans, any day of the week. My fiance, not so much. Any time I show him a recipe with beans in it, he wrinkles his nose and tells him that’s not for him. Luckily, I was able to sample the restaurant style, original black bean and the white cheddar. And for someone who doesn’t like beans, Chris ate the whole bag – with my help of course. The chips were delicious, a perfect vehicle for salsa or guac, but the white cheddar I could eat on my own as a replacement for Doritos.

But Beanitos didn’t stop at chips. They also make puffs, which I got to sample at an event a few weeks ago. I love a good cheese puff, and appreciate that these were healthier and didn’t leave my hands covered in orange residue. The hot chili lime was my favorite flavor, as it had a great kick to it. 

But I guess I’m not the only one who thinks these are healthier – Beanitos commissioned Harris Poll to discover insights into Americans snacking behavior. Just like I thought, everyone is recognizing the nutritional benefits of beans compared to other main snack ingredients, with 77% of adults agreeing that beans are healthier than potatoes. Americans are more likely to view beans as among the healthiest main snack ingredients (49%) when compared with soy (37%), rice (35%), corn (25%) and potatoes (15%).

Between Friendsgiving, holiday entertaining or just needing something to munch on when you are binging Netflix, I’m sure you are going to need a bag of chips – so why not give you 6 bags of Beanitos? One lucky reader will win a case! To be entered to win, fill out the form below.

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Disclosure: I received three bags of Beanitos and work for an agency that reps Beanitos – but my opinions are my own. Don’t believe me? Ask my fiance where that bag of Beanitos chips went. 

Know Someone Gluten-Free? Share NoBreadNYC.com

Two of my friends are gluten-free, and when we go out to dinner, I always worry that they have enough to choose on a menu to eat and aren’t stuck with salad.

If you have any gluten-free friends, I suggest you share this new site with them or use it as a resource when making dinner plans with those that are GF. NoBreadNYC.com features 250 restaurants all over the city on the site. Users can sort by the name of the restaurant, neighborhood or type of cuisine. Upon clicking on a restaurant name, you can see a short profile on the restaurant including “NOBREAD Facts” such as if that restaurant has cross contamination, gluten free pasta and gluten free bread. Scroll down a little further and the full menu is featured, with the option to see a customized gluten free menu at the click of a button. Additionally, each restaurant has a mini-review in from the founder,  Nicole Cogan, where she gives her recommendations of which “NOBREAD” items to order.

If you are GF, you may also want to check out Nicole’s Instagram handle where she also documents a lot of these dishes.  While I’m not GF, I think this is a great resource if you know someone with this dietary restriction – so check it out!

Starbucks, Chipotle and Krispy Kreme Offer Halloween Deals

Some of the chains are offering Halloween deals today! If you live outside the city, check out this full roundup here. If you liveScreenshot_4 within the boroughs, take note of these offers:

  • Chipotle: Wearing your costume? Get a burrito for $3 from 5pm – closing.
  • Krispy Kreme: Wear a costume, get a free doughnut.
  • Starbucks: Get a $3 Franken Frappuccino after 2pm – it’s a chocolate mint flavor.
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