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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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New Lunch Spot: EXKi on 28th and Madison

I’ve worked over on 30th and Park for a few years (and previously 32nd and Park), so was very excited when I saw a new spot pop up in the neighborhood – EXKi on 28th and Madison. It took me awhile though to make it in- my fiance and I have been really trying to […]

My First Trip to Curry Hill

Courtesy of Yelp – the Interior

Last night a friend and I decided to grab dinner in Murray Hill, and figured the perfect place to go was somewhere in Curry Hill. We ended up at Chote Nawab on Lexington between 27th and 28th Street.

What I liked about Chote Nawab was the modern […]

$2.50 Beers at the Bravest? Yes, Please

One of my favorite bars hands down is the Bravest located on 38th and 2nd.  In fact, I’ve spent my last two Fridays there and I’ve been pretty impressed that we were able to score a table on both occasions.

I like the Bravest because beers are cheap.  No matter what time of day or […]

Decent Meal at Mason Jar

The other night, a couple of my girlfriends (including Caryn) and I were looking to get dinner together in Murray Hill.  We thought we’d try Mason Jar, mainly because we were able to get a $25 restaurant.com gift certificate there for $4.50 with a coupon code (so each of would spend $1, and get […]

Hummus and More at Nanoosh

As a contributor to hyperlocal news site Nearsay, I’m invited to check out different events that are part of the site’s concierge program where they reward contributors.  When I saw an opportunity to dine at Nanoosh, a Mediterranean establishment in the East Village, I decided to take advantage of this offer.

I headed over […]

A Classic Manhattan Mexican Restaurant

Last night my roommate and I headed to El Parador Cafe, which is right by our apartment on 34th between 1st and 2nd.  El Parador is the oldest Mexican restaurant in NYC and in fact, my roommate’s parents dined there 35 years ago. We were starving after a day of moving, so we […]

The Only Bagel Place You Need in Murray Hill

We moved into our apartment 11 months ago, and on our first morning in our new home, we went to NY Bagels & Cafe.  Since then, I haven’t walked into another bagel place on the weekend.

NY Bagels & Cafe is located on 1st Ave between 34th and 33rd.  When you walk in, you […]

Wonderful Meal at Wild Edibles

When it comes to restaurants, I really don’t care about the ambiance. All I want is good food at a good price – and not surprisingly, my mom and dad are the same way. So when my parents came into town (Andy’s thoughts in italics – yes, my dad), I was looking for a […]

My New Obsession: Nana Sushi

A few weeks back my former intern Elle told me about a new sushi restaurant that had opened in Murray Hill.  As soon as the words BYOB were out of her mouth, I had plans with my roommate for Saturday night.

My roommate Al and I headed over to Nana Sushi on a Saturday […]

A Catholic, A Half-Jew and a Jew Walked Into a Deli…

A few weeks back, my roommate and I were craving a good Jewish deli sandwich all weekend – it may have been the fact this was around Hanukkah (and yes, I’ve been saving this post for quite some time).  So Sunday night, with our neighbor/friend Doug in tow, we headed over to the 2nd […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost