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.

1402, 2019

Very Valentine

By | February 14th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Gramercy Tavern Valentines Day NYC 365 Guide New York City

On this day of celebrating the special people in your life, why not show your appreciation with food! Whether it’s a high end meal or a small treat, be sure to display love today.

Gramercy Tavern (42 East 20th Street) For more than twenty years, Gramercy has wowed diners in a historic landmark building and earned nine James Beard Awards, including “Outstanding Restaurant” and “Outstanding Chef in America”. On Valentine’s Day in the Main Dining Room they will offer a seven-course tasting menu at $225 per person. In the Tavern, a four-course menu is $125 per person. Gramercy Tavern is a non-tipping restaurant with hospitality included. They always deliver impeccable service creating a “special” meal on any day.

3101, 2019

Spend Winter in Brooklyn

By | January 31st, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Brooklyn Formal nyc New York CityWhen the weather outside is frightful, why not grab that passport and make your way to Brooklyn for unique winter themed events. This February check out these warming indoor festivals.

The Springs (224 Franklin Street) The Enthusiastic Dad’s Winter Formal is coming to The Springs in Greenpoint every Friday and Saturday in February. Go stag or with a date and dress for the occasion!  Tickets are $65 and include open bar with punch bowl cocktails, wine, wine coolers, beer, house cocktails and Zima. A DJ will spin contemporary and throwback tunes to get everyone on the dance floor raging until 2 a.m.  And don’t worry, there will be a completely awkward winter formal photo booth to capture this sure-to-be epic night out. More information on the Enthusiastic Dad’s Winter Formal can be […]

2401, 2019

Savvy Super Bowl

By | January 24th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Super Bowl 365 Guide New York City NYCIf your team didn’t make the Super Bowl, you can still partake of the festivities by pigging out on game day menus. Forget that your team lost by drowning your sorrows in a plate of nachos or discounted drink specials. If you’re not staying home, consider some of these football haunts to score a good time.

Slate Super Bowl NYC 365 Guide New York CitySlate (54 W 21st St) Slate is hosting a Super Bowl party beginning at 5 p.m. with tickets starting at $5. The game will be showcased on their twenty foot HD screen as well as the hundred televisions lining the bars both upstairs and downstairs. There will also be several […]

1701, 2019

Captivating Cigar Bars

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

Soho Cigar Bar NYC New York City Soho Cigar Bar
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Today’s cigar bars not only offer fine smokes, but exquisite cuisine with top shelf liquors all designed to pair together. They offer an escape to old world sophistication and upscale service without the urge to “turn tables over.” Evenings are meant for lingering and tasting.

Soho Cigar Bar NYC New York City Courtesy: Soho Cigar Bar

Soho Cigar Bar (32 Watts Street) Formerly known as Circa Tabac, Soho Cigar Bar is one of New York’s oldest cigar bars and lounges, celebrating it’s twentieth anniversary. The warm and welcoming environment is reminiscent of a 1920’s speakeasy with plush leather furnishings and an art deco inspired décor. Modern touches include a new state-of-the-art ventilation system and flat screen TVs […]

1001, 2019

Slimming Sushi

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

Natsumi Sushi NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleHere we are again. A new year has started and we’ve all put on some happy Holiday weight. The parties, extravagant desserts and cocktails have taken their toll, and while worth every calorie, the time has come to say goodbye. Don’t sit at home wrapped in a blanket with your fuzzy slippers. Start slimming down with sushi as the new year begins.

Natsumi (226 W 50th Street) While Natsumi looks downtown hip and trendy, the food offers traditional preparations. The menu is best described as Asian fusion with an Italian flare. They throw in Italian inspired selections like Green Tea Gnocchi and New Style Carpaccio with basil that are very unique. I visit for the fresh fish and tender dumplings. I recommend specialty rolls like the Natsumi […]

2012, 2018

Easy New Year’s Eve

By | December 20th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Arte Cafe New Years Eve NYC New York CityNew Year’s Eve can be a harang of crowds and expensive activities. It’s fun to go all out, but sometimes I just want a chill vibe. This year, consider choosing a neighborhood restaurant for a relaxed way to bring in 2019.

Arte Cafe (106 West 73rd Street) This neighborhood favorite with intimate candlelight ambiance will make you forget the craziness of Times Square. The staff has waited on regulars forever but will still treat you like one. For the last day of 2018, they are offering a four-course dinner for $60 with complimentary champagne to kick off your meal. Course selections include Black Truffle Lobster Bisque, Homemade Pumpkin Cannelloni and Filet Mignon. Most Upper West Siders visit for their happy hour from 12-7 p.m. daily. Savings include $1 oysters, […]