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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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Why You Should Download the Financier Pastries App – Free Coffee!

If you visit any of the 10 Financier Pastries locations, make sure to download their new app. You can pay with this app, and it also tracks loyalty – so you’ll get $3 after you make 10 visits and $5 off on your birthday. But better yet, now through Sunday, you’ll get a free small coffee with any purchase when you show the app at the register.

Thanks, Ludmila, for the tip!

50% Off Smoothies This August

All month long, Just Salad is offering 50% off smoothies from 3-6pm. This deal is valid in-store only and at participating locations. It is not available at 37th St, Maiden Ln or Park Ave, but here’s a list of other locations.

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$1 Wings and Narragansetts Tonight at Martha

In honor of the restaurant Martha’s birthday, tonight the Fort Greene Bar, located on Dekalb between Carlton and Cumberland is offering $1 Narragansetts and $1 TSO Wings.

Coming Up! Free Juice at Jamba Juice on Wednesday!

Swing by Jamba Juice on Wednesday for a free juice at participating locations. From 9am -11am on Wednesday, August 6, you’ll get a free 12 oz juice – choose from Veggie Harvest, Citrus Kick or Tropical Greens. Find a participating location!

Fabulous Freebie! Free Pastries and Tacos!

Swing by Cafe el Presidente’s Pop Up Shop on 5th Ave between 23rd and 24th today. This morning they will serve free coffee and pastries, and this afternoon is free carnitas tacos. According to NYC Daily Deals, the freebies last until 3:30pm.

Happy Hour Special! 10 Degrees!

If you are looking for a happy hour spot, consider 10 Degrees, on St. Marks between 1st and A. You can get 2-for-1 drinks daily from noon to 8pm.

Fabulous Freebie! Free Cupcakes at Prohibition!

According to Zagat, there are free pina colada cupcakes at Prohibition Bakery this morning, while supplies last. The special starts at 11am and the bakery is located on Clinton and Houston.

Deal Alert! 50% off Cheesecake at Eileen’s!

Eileen’s Special Cheesecake is offering 50% off all in-store cheesecake purchases today in honor of National Cheesecake Day. Enjoy this deal through 9pm tonight. The restaurant is located on Kenmare and Cleveland. Thanks to The Skint for the lead!

Deal Alert! $1 Mac and Cheese Today at S’MAC!

Love mac and cheese? In celebration of S’MAC’s 8th birthday today, they are offering the All-American Nosh for $1.00 (Regular, Gluten-Free or Vegan) at their Murray Hill (33rd between Lex and 3rd) and East Village (12th between 1st and 2nd) locations. Note this is a limit of one per person and you cannot do delivery but could dine-in or do take-out. 

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 blue crabs, jalapeño corn bread, red bliss potatoes and grilled corn on the cob.  This special lasts every Tuesday at both the UWS and East Village (2nd Ave between 5th and 6th) location through August 26.

The website advertises that this crab boil is perfect to eat with your hands and they weren’t kidding. Crabs were literally dumped on the table, and you had your mallet and fork to pull out the crab meet. The crabs were well seasoned, and the corn bread was delicious. I received two small pieces of corn and a few potatoes, which were covered in the same crab seasoning.

I enjoyed the crabs, but it was really messy. I felt like the juices were leaking through the paper table cloth that the staff laid out for the boil, and Mermaid Inn is a nice restaurant, so felt a little out of place – I should have been out on a picnic table somewhere. Crab was flying everywhere, and since the tables are a little close, I kept worrying about hitting my neighbor.

If you’d like to go try this special out and don’t mind getting dirty (bibs are provided), I’d recommend buying one order of the crab boil and sharing it, while your guest gets an entree. In hindsight, we wished we split some crabs and a lobster roll, just to make the experience a little less messy. After our 4th crab, we were getting a little sick of all the work we were putting into it.

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I’d love to try a few more entrees at Mermaid Inn before I properly give a review – but if you are the crab boil type of person, make a reservation for tomorrow night!




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