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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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Falafel Heaven? Maybe, Maybe Not

Guest Post By Vivek Sukumaran, Astoria Correspondent

I apologize to those offended by my use of a plate and silverware when eating street food. I agree it's best eaten out of aluminum foil, or in a Styrofoam container and with plastic cutlery. But I didn't have much of a choice, since I was [...]

Battle of the Neighborhood Sushi Joints – Umi

If you are anything like me, chances are most of the time you go “out to eat” for lunch at work, it involves splitting a $5 footlong with someone, grabbing a salad or ordering takeout – and eating at your desk.  But when it is nice and sunny outside on a Friday, I’m going [...]

Satisfactory Service at Serafina

Last Friday, the girls and I went out for a much needed night out.  We decided Serafina would be the spot to update each other on our lives or as Alex likes to call it, “drinks and a love fest”.  With two of the four of us commuting, we decided to hit up the location [...]

Mixed Emotions at Michael Angelo’s Pizzeria

Sick of eating Thai, subs and sushi in Astoria, I decided to find a pizza place on Yelp and came across Michael Angelo’s Pizzeria, located right off the Ditmars Blvd subway stop.  

Ben and I headed over to the pizza place, which is known for their thin crust pizza, and sat on the back [...]

The Famed Brunch Broke the Bank

I guess I was naïve. I thought that the much hyped brunch at HK Cafe was $13 for your meal and AYCD. I’m an idiot. I figured this out upon arrival, but was met with another little surprise: the price of AYCD has risen to $15. I don’t do brunch very often, so maybe [...]

Is Penelope a Lunch or Dinner Place? I vote lunch.

A few weeks back, one of our favorite readers Emily suggested we try Penelope, a little cafe type of place on 30th and Lexington. Now I had been there about a year ago, probably on one of the worst dates of my life (where after the date, the guy announced he had a girlfriend [...]

Soup at a Street Cart?

Guest Post by Doug Feingold, Columbia Correspondent

In my opinion, soup is an enigma. Is it a meal, or simply an appetizer? If it has chicken, beef or other hearty components, do you need less of it to fill you up? Why is it that a 12 cent pack of ramen is just as [...]

Serving Great Atmosphere at August

Guest Post by Elle Kross, Roosevelt Island Correspondent

Last Sunday I ventured out to August on Bleecker for an early brunch with my mom, sister Amanda and her boyfriend Matt. We were seated in the back garden area, the windows were open and it was extremely sunny. It was very nice out there just [...]

Paquito’s – Where the Sauces are Watery

A couple weeks ago, our friend Doug commented on our blog in regards to our post on Taco Taco:

I still cannot believe Blockheads is your ceiling for Mexican food. I think Mexican food is like pizza – the quality of it is inversely related to the price. As the price / [...]

More Than Just Tacos at Taco Taco

Instead of heading out for Wednesday Friendsday, this week we decided to have dinner on Tuesday night – or as I like to call it, Tuesday Boozeday.  We thought the perfect way to start off the week was with some Mexican and drinks (or in my case, a strong glass of H2O as I’m [...]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost