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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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Coffee Fanatic? Try Cups – Promo Code Too!

I know the past few weeks I’ve been sharing a lot of new apps with you – to be honest, I’ve been targeted on Facebook a lot with these apps, and after downloading them and checking it out, figured I’d share with you. Today, I wanted to share Cups (promo code too!) with you.

A few weeks back I told you how easy it is to use your phone to pay for coffee at Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks. If you like independent coffee shops, Cups is the app for you. Cups offers a subscription service to get discounted coffee at these shops – you buy your coffee package up front, and then you can go to any participating coffee shop, select what you want to order on your phone and hand your phone to the cashier to complete your transaction. Note you are not limited to coffee- some packages include tea!

Packages include 10 classic cups ($20), 10 iced cups ($27), unlimited cups ($120 – perfect if you work from a coffee shop) and more – all packages can be found here.

Still a little iffy about the service? Cups will give you your first cup of coffee free and if you use my Cups promo code – 2W78X - you’ll get $8 towards your first coffee plan.

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Buy a Bottle of Wine on Valentine’s Day, Get Free Yankees Tickets

If your Valentine’s date is a Yankees fan, consider heading to NYY Steak, the Yankees themed steakhouse, this Valentine’s Day Weekend. Any couple ordering a bottle of wine or champagne will receive a voucher for 2 tickets to a Yankees Game in April. Not a bad deal considering a bottle of wine starts at $32 – a full wine list can be found here.

The Rock Center dining destination is also offering a 3 course prix fixe menu that won’t dare to disappoint, including signature favorites like Blue Bay Mussels cooked in Brooklyn Lager; Red Wine-Braised Shortribs served with Vermont Cheddar & Chive Polenta; and a Salted Caramel Sunday – and includes an All-Star cocktail to start. The menu is priced at $100 per couple. For Valentine’s Day, that price is pretty on par with what you’ll find in the city, so it’s a bonus to be getting free Yankees tickets!

If you do decide to go to NYY Steak or any other restaurant, make sure to make your reservations ASAP. My fiance and I will be dining at 6:15 like a couple of old folks, since I was a little late to make rezzys on OpenTable…and 9pm felt too late. Oh well!

It’s Pancake Month at Clinton Street Baking Company

February means it’s pancake month at Clinton St. Baking Company. You can enjoy specially-flavored pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner on weekdays (Monday-Friday) all month long, from 8am – 4pm, and then from 6pm – 11pm.  Honestly, February 18 and 19 excites me the most – see the menu to the right.

I tried pancake month at Clinton St. Baking company a few years back. Check out the review!


Try This Trick: Parcel Delivery Service – Plus Promo Code!

I don’t have a doorman. I used to years ago, but now I have to ship everything to work – and once it arrives, I have to carry it home on the subway, and then a half mile walk home. Needless to say, I loathe getting packages. But enter Parcel, a Delivery Service. Plus, we got a Parcel promo code!

Parcel, available in Manhattan and most parts of Brooklyn, hand delivers your packages to your home. Simply ship your packages to Parcel when you’re shopping online. You’ll get a text once your package arrives, and you select a one-hour delivery window for when you’re home. Packages are delivered Sunday – Friday from 7pm – 11pm.

No matter how many packages you wanted delivered during the window you select, it’s only $5 per delivery.

Now in true 89th and Broke fashion, we have a promo code. Click here  or sign up with the code 89THANDBROKE15 to get your first delivery free. Now who is ready to order a lot of stuff from Amazon?

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Free Frozen Yogurt Today at Yogurtland

Today is gross and more of a day for hot chocolate than fro-yo – but if you can’t resist a freebie, check this deal out. According to their Facebook page,  from 4PM to 7PM Yogurtland is celebrating National Yogurt Day with FREE frozen yogurt. Locations can be found here, or look at the map below.


See Broadway Shows for Less with TodayTix – Promo Code Too!

If this week had a theme, it would be new (to me) apps/sites and accompanying discount codes. I wanted to share with you all today a new to get todaytix promo codediscounted Broadway tickets with TodayTix!  A TodayTix promo code is included in this post too!

For years, when family was in town, we headed to TKTS to see what discounted Broadway tickets we could score. With TodayTix, it eliminates the waiting in line for tickets, wondering what you are going to get. Instead, simply download the app and see what shows are available at a discounted price over the next week. From opening it just now, I can see that:

  • If/Then with Idina Menzel starts at $42 (saving me 49%) for shows next week, Tuesday- Thursday
  • Matilda starts at $37 (saving me 49%) for shows over the next week, except Sunday and Monday (it’s dark Monday)
  • Wicked starts at $62 (saving me 35%) for all shows except when it’s dark Monday

Now I will note – some of these prices, like Matilda tickets for example, I can easily get from going to the box office. But what’s nice about TodayTix is the interface makes it really easy to see the prices tickets start at and availability – no more searching on different sites to find the best deals. And you can also flag certain shows (like Book of Mormon) to alert you when ticket prices fall.  Fees for purchasing tickets through TodayTix are $5 – $10 per ticket, which is a little less than $8 – $15 that Ticketmaster charges. As always, I advise that you do your comparison shopping before buying tickets!

Naturally, I have a TodayTix promo code to share with you. Use the code CYISU (my referral code) at checkout, and you’ll save $20 off your order.

Thanks to my friend Hailey for posting about TodayTix to Facebook and inspiring me to download it!

Pay What You Wish at Just Salad’s New Chelsea Location

Today, pay what you wish for a salad or wrap at the new Chelsea Just Salad location on 8th Ave and 17th Street. This promo is good from noon – 1:30 and 6-7:30 pm. Details below – thanks Ludmila for the tip!

Get a Personal Chef with Kitchensurfing – Promo Code Too!

The nice part about having a blog is sometimes I get pitched from PR people some really cool ideas – so today I want to share with you details on Kitchensurfing (promo code included too!).

I love the concept of Kitchensurfing – Kitchensurfing brings personal chefs to your home. I always feel like when I have a group of friends over, I spend the whole time worrying about what to make and the whole time during the dinner party, I’m cleaning up after everyone or praying that I don’t burn something in the kitchen. On the flipside,  when I’m at a restaurant, I somehow end up spending much more than I anticipated on dinner and the night out, because I don’t want the time with my friends to end, so we end up going to a bar, continuing to drink, etc.

With Kitchensurfing, you can get a personal chef to come to your home and cook you and your friends dinner, Monday – Friday. Just keep in mind that the chef can cook for between two and six people, and charges just $25 a person. Best of all, they handle clean up. And then you can spend time lingering around with your friends and hanging out – instead of loitering in a restaurant.

You can pick a menu during the week ahead of time or you can pick a menu for that night, as long as you pick a menu before 3pm. From my research, there’s a vegetarian, pescatarian and a “regular” option nightly – they will note if dairy-free. You can pick the time slot that you’d like your meal to arrive and it’s in half-hour time slots. So if you pick 6-6:30, the chef arrives at 6, with dinner on the table at 6:30.

Below are the menu options available this Thursday, January 29th – the PR team who sent me info thought Thursday would be a great idea to have a viewing party for Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder on ABC!:

  • Shredded Free Range Chicken with Tomatillo Salsa, Pinto Bean Mash, and Green Bean Salad
  • Pan-Roasted Cod with Sautéed Wild Mushrooms, Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart
  • Garbanzo, Kale, and Fried Egg Tartine with Roasted Root Vegetables

Now as I promised, I do have promo codes available. You can get $25 towards your first dinner by signing up through my referral link here – note same day dinners are only available below 116th Street in Manhattan.  Unfortunately, Kitchensurfing isn’t in my area yet – Astoria. However, I can book larger parties for 6-16 people for $50 a person, getting 3-course meals and can peruse a variety of menus. A $50 promo code is available for these types of meals (can’t be combined) and you can find that here. 

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Free Jet Membership – a New Costco-Like Shopping Site

I’m sure I caught your eye with the words “Free Jet Membership.” But what is it?

If you aren’t lucky to live near Costco like me or drive a 2001 mini-van so you can get to Costco,/Target easily Jet is an online shopping club. Jet is going to launch in the next month, with limited signups starting February 20 and according to Bloomberg Businessweek,  “Customers will find just about everything, from clothes, books, and electronics to baby goods and athletic gear. After a 90-day free trial period, Jet customers will be asked to pay $49.99 a year for access to what Lore claims will be prices that are 10 percent to 15 percent lower than anywhere else online.”  Jet is started by the founder of Quidsi, which launched diapers.com – and now there’s soap.com, wag.com, beauty.com – so I think the folks at Jet will definitely know what they are doing!

Instead of getting just 3 months free, you can get up to 6 months free if you sign up before February 6. You’ll see when you sign up that if you refer your friends, you’ll get bonuses too (disclosure: I’ve linked to Jet using my referral link). I’ve included some of the benefits of shopping on Jet below. Shout out to Shop Girl Daily for the tip – and hopefully we’ll be able to try this service soon and let you know what we think.

Free Jet Membership


Try Sofritas at Chipotle, Get a Free Burrito

Interesting deal at Chipotle going on today! Order any burrito, bowl or salad and skip the chicken or beef and order the organic tofu Sofritas instead, today, Monday, January 26th and you’ll be able to get a FREE burrito, bowl, salad or order of tacos of your choice.  You just need to bring your receipt back between January 27 – February 28 in order to get the freebie.

If you’ve wanted to try the tofu – I’ve been curious! – now is the time. Big shoutout to my buddy Sam for the tip!

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost