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.

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 […]

205, 2019

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

By | May 2nd, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Ghost Donkey Cinco de Mayo NYC 365 Guide New York CityOn Cinco de Mayo, what better way to celebrate the Mexican army’s victory over France than with margaritas. On Sunday, most Mexican eateries are offering great food, discounted drinks and free live entertainment.

Ghost Donkey (4 Bleecker Street) Ghost Donkey’s menu takes inspiration from the ingredients and flavors of Mexico, packaging them in a finger food format that matches the festive feel of the space. On Sunday, don’t miss their epic nacho eating contest and a donkey and hip hop mariachi band that are making an appearance. They will be offering a DIY Pork Taco Bar, special Altos Tequila, Montelobos Mezcal cocktails and Boozy paletitas from La Newyorkina.  Also try the Mole Chicken Nachos with cheddar, red cabbage and jalapeño for $14. Their bar […]

1804, 2019

Easter Eateries

By | April 18th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

The Flying Cock Easter Brunch NYC 365 Guide New York City

Personally, I will be knee deep in chocolate covered peanut butter eggs on Easter Sunday. If you’re looking for a decadent meal this weekend, consider a sweet brunch New York City style.

The Flying Cock (497 Third Avenue) The Flying Cock is a fun, lively, yet cozy bar best known for their affordable bottomless brunch and playfully menu items. With dishes like the Crispy Flying Cock sandwich (fried chicken and jalapeno slaw, $16) and cocktails such as the Cocky Mule, things never get boring. Order the Easter Bunny Pancakes this weekend filled with chocolate to sweeten your morning. Add bottomless drinks to your meal for $21 to imbibe with Bloody’s, Mimosa’s or Bellini’s for ninety minutes. If that didn’t hit your sweet tooth, get […]

1104, 2019

Spring Savings

By | April 11th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Riverpark_Spring_Restaurant_NYC01The entire population of New York City seems to be out and about right now soaking in the first days of Spring. After being cooped up all winter, try an outdoor bar or restaurant to catch that Spring fever.

Riverpark Restaurant Spring NYC New York City 365 Guide

Riverpark (450 East 29th Street) Nestled on a garden plaza with romantic East River views, Riverpark represents a unique culinary destination offering both casual and upscale dining options. The modern American menus change daily, highlighting seasonal ingredients from their own Riverpark Farm, located just a few feet away from their kitchen. The Riverpark Farm at the Alexandria Center for Life Science is one of the largest and most urban farming models in New York City. The main opulent dining room is perfect […]

2803, 2019

Affordable Italian Delicacies

By | March 28th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Non Solo Piada Affordable Italian NYC 365 Guide New York City

Sometimes a fresh homemade bowl of pasta is the only thing that will satisfy my appetite. While Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen, not all noodles are created equal in taste and price. For incredible affordable Italian dishes, try one of this week’s picks.

Non Solo Piada (302 West 37th Street) Check out their authentic sandwich selections of Piadina and Cassoni in addition to their pasta list. A Piadina is a thin Italian flatbread typically prepared in the Emilia Romagna region in Italy. The “Classic Piadina” style is a warm folded over sandwich where you can see and taste all the ingredients through. The perfect Piadina is a combination of cold cuts, cheese and greens. At Non Solo Piada, Piadianas range from $9-$13. […]