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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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A Taste of China in Times Square

Often, my friends and I head to a Broadway show, and we struggle where to eat dinner beforehand. Our concern is we want to go somewhere that can get us out in an hour, has good food, and isn’t over run with tourists. Earlier this month, I was invited in to try Grand Sichuan, [...]

Fabulous Freebie! Free Chinese Food!

Swing by Legend Bar & Restaurant today from 4-6 pm and enjoy the following samples:

Dry Spicy, Tasty Diced Chicken with Ginger and Peanut - Dry crispy diced chicken, stir fried with hot red pepper and Sichuan peppercorn.  Includes a dash of ginger and peanut Dry Sautéed String Beans with Olive Leaf Paste - Green string [...]

Tasty and Historical Food Tour of Little Italy and Chinatown (and a Deal Alert!)

Several months ago Laura (thoughts in italics) and I purchased vouchers for Ahoy NY Tours & Tastings‘ food tour of Little Italy and Chinatown (look below for your own discount). We knew we liked the cuisines that both areas had to offer, but we weren’t sure what to expect of the 3 hour tour. [...]

The Chinese Combination Dinner: An Endangered Species

The Chinese combination dinner is a rare find here in the city.  While these types of takeout dinners – entree, egg roll and rice – run rampant in the ‘burbs, sometimes I feel like its an endangered species.  That’s why when my roommate Al and I pass a restaurant with this special offering, that [...]

Favorite Food Finds!

Alright, we have a lot to share with you this morning:

Groupon is offering a $12 voucher to Italian eatery Piada for only $6. Pay $5 and get $10 worth of Fresh-N-Fast burgers, fries and shakes from kgbdeals. Get at least a $30 voucher (up to $32 now) to Tasti D-Lite for $15 from [...]

The Ultimate SAKE-rifice

I’ll admit it – sometimes I can be wrong.  While last year I may have had a terrible experience at Chinatown East as far as takeout goes, this establishment has slowly started to become one of our favorites in the city.  Why?  All you can drink sake (no, that doesn’t rhyme with cake).

We’ve [...]

Chinese and Unlimited Wine at the Cottage

Guest Post by Jenni Maier, Editor of the Post Grad Blog

I am probably the stingiest person I’ve ever met. I’m also probably the hungriest. I could eat 24 hours a day and I rarely turn down an offer to grab dinner. In order to avoid shelling out $20 for these dinners, I’m constantly [...]

New Apartment, New Chinese Spot

I like to think it was a sign from God.  As my roommate Alex and I opened the door to our new apartment in Murray Hill, a flurry of take-out menus attacked us.  One, however, stood out – a Chinese take-out menu that offered combination dinners for under $7.

Now, I love a good [...]

The Divine Chinese Brasserie

By Rob Longert, Health Conscious Correspondent

New York is as famous for good “Chinese” food as it is for good pizza in my book, and I grew up on it. I am used to the standard General Tso (how do you say this one anyway? Chow T-so Tow, Tao? An American mystery if you [...]

Chinese, Thai, Japanese, BYOB? This Place Has It All

Once again inspired by Laura, I was in the mood for Thai food. I thought of going uptown to try Osha after reading her review (the BYOB was particularly appealing), but much to my delight I stumbled across a new Thai place of my own to try. While walking around the neighborhood the other [...]

Food For A Fraction Of The Cost