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.

2706, 2019

July Fourth Festivities

By | June 27th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Fourth of July Fireworks Macys NYCThere are few better fireworks displays than the Macy’s fourth of July event. If you’re feeling patriotic, consider making your way downtown on Thursday. They are sure to be spectacular and fun for people of all ages. If you’d prefer a more private event consider viewing the show at a ticketed event.

Macy’s Fireworks The 42nd Annual Macy’s Fireworks will once again light up the sky for the fourth of July. The 43rd Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will launch from the Brooklyn Bridge and four barges along the lower East River. The five best public viewing areas are between Montgomery Street and Water Street downtown. Check out the map for the five best prime viewing locations. The broadcast starts at 8 p.m. on NBC with fireworks at 9:20 p.m. This […]

2006, 2019

Find Your Outdoor Oasis

By | June 20th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Lolo's Seafood Shack NYC Outdoor 365 Guide New York CityIf you don’t have a vacation planned this summer, try visiting a festive restaurant with outdoor seating in New York City. Sitting on the sidewalk always makes for great people watching, but these restaurants create an oasis in our concrete jungle.

Lolo’s Seafood Shack (303 W 116th Street) Chef Raymond Mohan and Leticia Skai Young are sharing their passion for travel and island flavors at LoLo’s.  The cuisine includes nostalgic offerings from Island Styled BBQ to coastal comfort foods of the Cape to Caribbean street eats like Johnny Cakes (fried dough). Daily happy hour is 4- 6 p.m. with specials like Lolo’s Rum Punch for $7 and $20 pitchers. Select beers are $5 and wine $6. Indulge in $5 food specials like Pom Pom Shrimp, […]

606, 2019

Festive Father’s Day

By | June 6th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Dante NYC Father's Day 365 Guide New York CityDon’t forget, Father’s Day is just around the corner. I find most men are easy to please with tasty grub and cocktails. Make a reservation at one of this week’s picks and instantly become the “favorite.” After all, it’s all about spending time together.

Dante (79-81 Macdougal Street) If the man in your life is a cocktail fanatic, check out Dante. They have been named number nine on the World’s Fifty Best Bars list. There are five pages of inventive drinks from dry to sweet including a Negroni Section, Dessert Drinks, Summertime Specials and Martini Hour favorites. Try the Bottled Cucumber and Elderflower Spritz made with Hendrick’s Gin ($14). The 1915 original Caffe Dante opened its doors in Greenwich Village in a mostly […]

3005, 2019

Popular Pub Happy Hour

By | May 30th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

McGees_Pub_NYC_Happy_Hour 365 Guide New York CityA cozy pub is a popular place to end a day, grab a bite and catch a game. Tender juicy burgers with a side of buffalo wings always fits the bill. Today’s menus include steaks, seafood and new twists on old favorites. Save some dough and visit your favorite pub during happy hour and feast for a fraction of the price.

McGee’s Pub (240 West 55th Street) Pick your time and enjoy discounted drinks from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily like $6 beers and $7 wine or mixed drinks. On weekends stop by for a $20 brunch that includes one free drink or $18 pitchers until 9 p.m. McGee’s is a friendly Irish neighborhood pub located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen and only three blocks from the Theater District and Times Square. […]

2305, 2019

Magnificent Memorial Day

By | May 23rd, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Mermaid Inn NYC Memorial Day 365 Guide New York CityThe official start of summer has finally arrived. Plan a staycation exploring New York City for a relaxed weekend. Instead of driving to the beach, hang in Manhattan for great deals and a chilled vibe.

Mermaid Inn (3 locations) Nothing screams summer like oysters! From 5-7 p.m. daily enjoy $1.25 oysters, $6 beers and $8.50 wine and cocktails. Mermaid also serves discounted appetizers like $5 Salmon Tartare and a Mini Fish Taco for $3. I recommend the Aperol Spritz to start the weekend off right. One of my favorite things is the complimentary chocolate pudding for dessert, since they don’t offer a sweet endings menu. The bar is first-come first-served but make a reservation if you prefer table seating. The atmosphere is very nautical and bright. Close your eyes, […]

905, 2019

Munch on Brunch for Mother’s Day

By | May 9th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

The View Mothers Day Brunch NYC 365 Guide New York CityTreating mom to a stress free meal on Mother’s Day is always a good idea. Make reservations for brunch to secure a relaxed experience in the sunshine. Afterwards, it’s lovely to walk the city for a bit of shopping or extend your “day drinking” with another cocktail.

The View at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel (1535 Broadway) If the WOW factor is all mom cares about, make a reservation for The View. The revolving rooftop restaurant in the middle of Times Square offers absolutely breathtaking scenery of Manhattan. The brunch buffet is a pricey $83 per person but includes Cracked Crab Claws, Jumbo Shrimp and Roast Prime Rib. The menu covers all types of meat, fish and salads as well as an omelette station. Plan to spend several hours […]