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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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Groupon Deal Leads Us to Psari Seafood

My friend Tom and I love lobster. So much so that we’ve tried several lobster rolls around this fine city. When I saw a Groupon for $39 to Psari in Astoria that included two lobster deals, with two sides, two soups/salads and two drinks, I instant messaged Tom and let him know that our […]

Kale Never Tasted So Good

A while back I went with my boyfriend’s family to dine at E & E Grill House. Now for full disclosure, his family knows the owner, but let’s just put it this way, if I didn’t like it I simply wouldn’t write about it.

I was looking forward to our lunch for two reasons: […]

5 Reasons Why Harry’s Brunch is 5 Stars

If you’ve seen me at all in the past month, I’ve raved about Harry’s to you.  Frankly, I think it’s one of my favorite brunch spots.  Here’s why:

1). The price: No matter what you order, Harry’s includes all you can drink Kir Royale, Blood Orange Mimosas and Peach

Photo via Yelp

Bellinis. […]

An Italian Gem in Morningside Heights

A while back I was in Morningside Heights looking for a place to have dinner with my boyfriend. We finally narrowed it down to Italian and settled on the well-reviewed Pisticci. It’s fairly small inside but it had a basement that would be nice for groups, as well as an outdoor area. They also […]

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. […]

Daily Deals at Hane Sushi

I’m a big sushi fan so when I can find deals beyond the standard $8-9 for two rolls and soup/salad at lunch, I’m pretty excited. That’s why I love Hane Sushi near Peter Cooper and Stuy Town. With rotating specials each day, you can be sure to get a bargain on delicious sushi.

I’ve […]

Ornella’s Has It All: Great Family, Culture and Food

How do I begin this post? The problem I face is that I know my words will not be able to convey how wonderful Ornella Trattoria is, and I need you to understand that this is a special place. It goes beyond the food because you are welcomed into the Viterale family (it’s named […]

Eggs and Ratatouille? Take It From Me, It’s Amazing!

Over two months ago now (yikes!), my mom took me out to La Boqueria in Soho for my birthday dinner. Choosing a birthday dinner spot can be stressful, but thankfully the bargain-hunter inside of me made it easy. I had a BlackBoardEats code that was going to expire that day and I simply could not […]

Classing It Up At A French Restaurant

About two weeks ago, Caryn (thoughts in italics) and I were invited to try Le Perigord, a French restaurant in Midtown.  While Le Perigord was a classy French establishment, I went in with the mindset that this is a place I’d take my parents (or have them take me) or go on an anniversary […]

Delicious DIY Japanese Barbecue at Gyu Kaku

Guest Post and Photography by Katie Miervaldis, Red Headed Correspondent

Have you ever wanted to be on Top Chef, but feared Padma’s judgment and Tom Calicio’s piercing blue eyes?

Well I have and if you’re like me, Gyu-Kaku, a Japanese BBQ joint in the East Village, just might be your heaven.  It has all the exotic […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost