Ask Monica Blog Dining Tips 2018-06-07T14:32:28+00:00

Ask Monica Blog Dining Tips

NYC Dining TipsI’ve always been one of those people that everyone asks for restaurant advice. I eat out eight days a week and knew there were affordable options in New York City. I wrote 365 Guide New York City so anyone can enjoy the city that I love at a fraction of the cost. 

365 Guide includes restaurant deals and bar specials in Manhattan plus seasonal favorites, the best pizza, awesome desserts and more. I hope you enjoy my advice on this blog and all the deals included in 365 Guide.

Please let me know if you’re looking for an affordable way to enjoy the restaurant and bar scene in New York City. I’m happy to help.

1710, 2019

Happy Haunted Halloween

By | October 17th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Halloween Parade NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleIt’s time to amp up your workouts and eat healthy in preparation for October 31st, Halloween. I will surely have a candy sugar headache by lunch time. Other than eating Reese’s all day, plan to go out and enjoy Halloween activities in New York City.

Village Halloween Parade (On 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 16th Street) On October 31st, dress up and join the fun of New York’s signature fright night parade. In order to participate, you must be in costume and line up between 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. on 6th Avenue at Canal Street. It’s a great excuse to dress up and act like a child. If you just want to watch, the most crowded area is between […]

1010, 2019

Nice Nourishing Noodles

By | October 10th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Jin Ramen Noodles 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNatale NYCAs the fall weather blows into New York City, why not fill up on a warm bowl of noodles. These soups are the ideal comfort food on a chilly day. Walk home with a belly full of noodles this weekend.

Jin Ramen (3 locations) With ramen joints popping up everywhere, Jin delivers quantity and quality. The menu is full of unique noodle options at Jin. I recommend Miso Ramen with curly noodles, bean sprouts, bok choy, chicken sausage, pork, leeks and sesame seeds ($18.50). The Green Coconut Thai Curry with sauteed chicken, bean sprouts, zucchini, yellow squash, scallion and seasoned soft egg ($18.50) is a spicier option. They offer chicken, pork and vegetable broths as well as a less salty option for each. Add-ins […]

2609, 2019

Fun Football Festivities

By | September 26th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Smithfield Hall NYC football 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleIt’s hard to stay home on a Sunday during football season. The camaraderie, excitement and dining deals are constantly luring me away from my cozy couch. Grab your friends or just don your team jersey and spend Sunday with like-minded New Yorkers.

Smithfield Hall (138 West 25th Street) Located near Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, Smithfield is a good pick for commuters coming in to watch a game. They are serving $25 buckets of Bud and Bud Light throughout football season. Visit during Sunday Night Football for two-for-one Bud/Bud light cans and two-for-one wings. LED HD TV’s are strategically placed for an unfettered view of your squad no matter where you sit. The seventy foot bar provides ample seating to make new friends […]

1209, 2019

Perfect Pumpkin Breakfast

By | September 12th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

It’s alarming to see Christmas decorations in September as every year seasonGood Enough To Eat Pumpkin French Toasy NYC 365 Guide New York Citys are pushed to change more quickly. One happy early entry is the rise of pumpkin flavored treats, once reserved for October, now available Labor Day. Dive into this orange gourd for a taste of fall instantaneously.

Good Enough To Eat (520 Columbus Avenue) You’ve probably seen the hoards of people waiting for brunch outside for a table at this popular bistro. While I rarely wait in lines, their homemade Pumpkin Bread French Toast topped with pear and cranberry compote ($15.50) is worth the wait. Served with their signature strawberry butter, the bread is perfectly griddled and full of pumpkin seasoning. The fruit compote gives each bite a juicy chaperone chock full […]

509, 2019

Casual Cheap Eats

By | September 5th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

El Castillo de Jagua Cheap Eats NYC 365 Guide New York CityNew York City restaurants offer delectable food in all price ranges. While famous chefs can hog the headlines, there are tasty affordable meals around every corner. When you’re up for trying a new cuisine on the cheap, visit one of this weeks picks.

El Castillo de Jagua (113 Rivington Street) This lower east side gem has been part of the neighborhood for forty years, welcoming Spanish people and foodies from all over New York City. El Castillo specializes in authentic Caribbean Spanish cuisine. Starting at $8 you can feast on a juicy meat or fish platter served with rice and beans. Chicken Soup, Hearty Meat Soup, Baked Chicken and Codfish are all on the menu in plentiful portions. Keeping things even more reasonable, you can bring […]

2208, 2019

Lovely Labor Day

By | August 22nd, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Pinks Labor Day New York City 365 Guide NYC Monica DiNataleI can’t believe the summer is coming to a close. While I’m excited for fall football eats and pumpkin everything, I’ll miss the empty New York City restaurant scene. Before everyone comes back from the beach, visit some of these places on Labor Day for that last bit of chill summertime vibe.

Pinks (242 East Tenth Street) This speakeasy bar behind the Body Shop will be serving up a Sunday feast on Labor Day. For $30, guests can fill up on unlimited tacos and as many select draft beers as you can kick back, starting at 2 p.m. Pinks is tucked neatly off a busy corner only revealing it’s magic to those who venture in and take a chance. They offer a great variety […]