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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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Delicious Indian Dinner at Tulsi

A couple weeks back, I was invited to try Tulsi, an Indian restaurant right by Grand Central.  When I saw that the restaurant’s executive chef is a Michelin star chef, I had to give it a try.

My boyfriend and I checked it out, and while I’m not one to notice the decor, I […]

Trying Italian in Financial District at Fino Wall Street

Last week, I was invited in to try Fino Wall Street. I’m not even going to tell you where it’s located, because I got incredibly lost trying to get there – I will say, just google Haru Financial District, and Fino Wall Street is located right downstairs.

Since the restaurant is located downtown, it […]

Hanger Steak with Two Sides for $25? I’m in!

A couple weeks ago, I was invited to try Aged on the Upper West Side. Aged actually has two steakhouses, one on Broadway and 88th, and one in Forest Hills, and I was honestly surprised how big Aged was – dimly lit, but lots of tables, perfect for both big parties or dates.

We […]

Christos Steakhouse is a Great Place for a Special Occasion

Last Friday, my boyfriend, Chris, and I decided to go to Christos Steakhouse in Astoria (disclosure: I was invited in to try it). I’ve lived in Astoria for more than 2 years, and have dated my fair share of dudes in the neighborhood, and had never even heard of the place. Located on 41st […]

Amazing Dinner at La Sirene – and It’s BYOB!

Last night was one of those nights that you wake up the next morning and say, “Wow, I had a really great dinner last night.”

To celebrate my friends’ engagement (yay Amy and Eddie!) we headed to La Sirene on Broome and Varick simply because it was BYOB with no corkage fee.  What we […]

A Great Italian Sunday Dinner in Forest Hills

Sometimes readers say that I write about the same neighborhoods repeatedly.  Well folks, I’ve made it out to Forest Hills.

Earlier this month, my boyfriend and I were invited to try La Vigna, an Italian restaurant out in Forest Hills.  Since we live in Queens in Astoria, it was about a 15-minute subway ride, […]

A Taste of Spain in Astoria

My boyfriend and I had been discussing our study abroad semesters for so long that we decided we would show our photos to each other, and then visit the cuisine of that country (me Italian, him Spanish).

Last night we headed over to La Rioja on Broadway and 34th Street in Astoria. I pass […]

5 Napkin Burger is 5 Stars

One of my favorite places to eat in Astoria is 5 Napkin Burger.  Now before you start thinking this is another Astoria post, there are locations in Hell’s Kitchen and the Upper West Side too!

I’ve only eaten at the Astoria location, and I have to say, it is a great addition to the […]

Splurge at Pearl Oyster Bar

This year, I decided to skip Restaurant Week.  Yes, I know that for some people, that may be a sin.  But for me, I figured I’d use the money I’d spend on dinner and go to Pearl Oyster Bar instead.  My friend Tom and I had been trying tons of lobster rolls around the […]

I’m in Love with Uva

The truffle gnocchi – courtesy of Yelp

I apologize if I saw you on Saturday.  Why?  Because most likely I rambled on about my phenomenal dinner on Friday.

My boyfriend and I decided to check out Uva on Friday night on the Upper East Side.  Walking into the restaurant, you knew this was […]

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