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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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Sponsored: Bring in an Old Bra and Save $10 Off a New Bra at Town Shop on the UWS, Plus Contest

Sorry guys, but this is a girls-only post (but gentlemen, you may want to tell your lady friends).

So, let me kick this off by saying on the eve of my 30th birthday, that things get better with age. Wine gets better with age, I get better with age, but sadly, bras are not one […]

Get Your Hands Dirty at Mermaid Inn’s Crab Boil

A few weeks back, I was craving seafood, so met my friend Jess at Mermaid Inn, on 88th and Amsterdam. We didn’t intend to go for the

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crab boil, but it just so happened this special was going on.  For $26, we were able to get a bucket of steamed Maryland […]

UWS’s Gem: Dive Bar

Since I babysit on the UWS, and I’ll be attending school in the fall there as well, I’ve begun exploring the neighborhood quite a bit more. I know it’s a haven for restaurants (often out of my student price range), but I don’t see too many bars. The other night my friend/ex-coworker and I […]

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 […]

My Go-To Thai Spot: Spice

I’m a big Thai fan and always on the hunt for cheap and delicious Thai food. One of my personal favorites in the city is Spice. Yes, I know some of you are rolling your eyes and I’ve heard the complaints before: small portions, crappy food, etc., etc. But I’m sorry, I […]

Why I Love Being a New Yorker

Guest Post by Sarah Coniski, Upper West Side Correspondent

Though there are a lot of good reasons for why New Yorkers choose to be New Yorkers, one that I have heard come up more than once, is the availability of the best bagels in the world.

Word has it that the ability to make […]

Hungry for the Hungarian Pastry Shop

Guest Post by Sarah Coniski, Upper West Side Correspondent

When it comes to baklava, I am spoiled.  My great aunt, Florence Stachowicz (don’t let the Polish last name fool you – she is of Greek ancestry), makes the best baklava I’ve ever eaten. It is buttery and rich, sweet and crunchy and perfectly layered. […]

Good Enough To Eat is Better than Good

After getting tired of spending Saturday and Sunday mornings at bagel places on the UES, my boyfriend Ben and I headed over to the UWS for brunch last Sunday.  After reading reviews on Yelp, we decided to take the crosstown bus over to Good Enough to Eat.

As we walked down Amsterdam, we saw […]

Natural History Museum “Ice” Skating

The boyfriend and I attempted to enjoy the winter weather and go ice skating this weekend.  Being on the UES, it made the most sense to avoid the tourists and midtown and head over to the UWS to the new ice rink at the Natural History Museum which opened on Saturday.  From our brief […]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost