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.

2106, 2018

Spicy Summer Thai Food

By | June 21st, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Wondee Siam Thai Mango Sticky Rice NYC New York City Mango with Sticky Rice

In warm weather I start investigating light white wines to pair with spicy cuisine. Thai food is the perfect accompaniment to crisp whites and provides a superb balance for peppery dishes. Only available in summer months, leave room for Mango and Sticky Rice for dessert at your favorite Thai haunt. It may be simple, but the tenderness of the fruit with warm sweet rice is absolutely heavenly.

Wondee Siam (792 Ninth AvenueWondee Siam Beef Thai Basil NYC New York City Wondee is a top notch Thai BYOB in Hell’s Kitchen. It’s very tiny so be prepared to wait for your luscious meal. Put your name on the list hanging outside while browsing the menu. Yum Woon Sen ($13.95), […]

1506, 2018

Festive Father’s Day

By | June 15th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Blue Smoke Fathers Day NYC 365 Guide New York CityIf you’re still wondering what to do for your special man in honor of Father’s Day, consider my picks this week. Whether your celebrating your dad, husband or uncle, treat them to a man sized meal and, of course, fabulous company.

Blue Smoke (2 locations) The Southern Brunch at Blue Smoke is hearty and flavorful enough for any man. They specialize in traditional foods of the American South with a range of soulful barbecue classics, revived family recipes and new favorites. Rest assured, you will only need one meal if you brunch with them. Start with Warm Barbecue Potato Chips ($10) or Smoked Chicken Wings ($15). Entree options are plentiful and include build your own Barbecue Bowls ($18) and the Pit Stop ($20) single barbecue platter. If your […]

706, 2018

Perfect Pasta

By | June 7th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Aunt Jakes Perfect Pasta NYC 365 Guide New York CityPasta is my ultimate happy food. Nothing quite satisfies like a steaming bowl of homemade pasta. Beware, not all pasta joints are alike. My pick’s this week are kings of fresh housemade pasta.

Aunt Jake’s (2 locations) On any given day Aunt Jake’s offers ten different shapes and flavors of handmade pasta starting at $14. EVERY day. Hold on to your hats, you can also mix and match your pastas with a dozen sauces like Roasted Garlic Pecorino, Chicken Bolognese and Spicy Arrabiata. The amount of homemade pastas and menu choices is happily overwhelming. My favorite sauces are Broken Meatball and Sunday Sauce with short rib, sausage and veal. You really can’t go wrong but plan on revisiting to try all the combinations. Also consider […]

2405, 2018

Marvelous Memorial Day

By | May 24th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

It’s so refreshing to have that three day weekend. Things seem a little brighter with some extra time for relaxation. This Memorial Day weekend, take advantage of things to do in the city and avoid the traffic from the beach crowds.

For the most tranquil start, middle or finish to your weekend, consider a picnic at The Sheep Meadow in Central Park. It is the perfect place to sun bathe, toss a frisbee and gather with friends. Pack some snacks and cold beverages and waste the day away in one of the prettiest places in New York City.

Grimaldis Pizza NYC New York City Memorial DayIf exercising over the holiday is part of the plan, ride your bike over the Brooklyn Bridge. Not only are the views of lower Manhattan amazing, but there are several eating destinations to […]

1705, 2018

Hidden Outdoor Bars

By | May 17th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Bonnie Vee Happy Hour Outdoor Bar NYCNow that the weather is getting nicer, outdoor eating and drinking opportunities are popping up all around town. Some are obvious while others are hiding in stealth mode just waiting to be discovered. Spend this weekend finding a hidden gem among a sea of bars.

Bonnie Vee (17 Stanton Street) Away from the bustle of cars rolling by, the brick lined tranquil courtyard in the back of Bonnie Vee is the perfect place to unwind after a long day. Monday through Friday from 5-8 p.m. enjoy $5 beers, $8 wine and a $10 cocktail of the day. Discounted fare includes $6 Grilled Cheese, $5 Warm Pretzel and $3 Chicken Taco. The Homemade Hummus with chili oil, crudites and grilled naan ($9) is another good appetizer to share. If […]

1005, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day

By | May 10th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Felidia Mothers Day NYC New York CityCelebrate that special woman in your life with the gift of not cooking. Restaurants are serving up many special menus to make Mother’s Day effortless. Plan a relaxing day for mom, and yourself, at one of these fine eateries.

Felidia (243 East 58th Street) The homemade pasta at Felidia is in a class by itself on any given day. They are at the top of the pasta food chain in New York City and offer several ways to make dining with them more affordable. For Mother’s Day they are featuring a four-course menu for $110 per person including a pasta course. The Ravioli con Pere e Pecorino Pear and fresh ravioli Cacio e Pepe melt in your mouth. For $35 you can even score mom a signed copy of Lidia Bastianich’s […]