Ask Monica Blog Dining Tips 2018-06-07T14:32:28-04:00

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.

904, 2020

Ideal Italian Take-Out

By | April 9th, 2020|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Lucciola Restaurant NYC Take-Out Branzino
Lucciola Branzino

Take-out has a whole new meaning during this challenging time. For the next several weeks I will be sharing my favorite places to order from. Take-out is not only helping our local bistros stay afloat but bringing home a sense of normalcy to our own kitchens. Italian restaurants know how to soothe your soul with garlic, pasta and tomatoes. Tonight, try these Italian restaurants happily offering fresh home-cooked meals.

Lucciola Restaurant NYC Tiramisu

Lucciola (621 Amsterdam Avenue) This trattoria reflects the nostalgic and romantic mood of Bologna embodying hospitality that makes […]

2603, 2020

Terrific Take-Out

By | March 26th, 2020|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Take-Out NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNatale
Order Take-Out Tonight

There are several dominant personality traits that most New Yorkers share and celebrate. In addition to determination and resilience, we can eat out at a moment’s notice. In this crazy and uncertain atmosphere, let’s ban together and keep our favorite local restaurants as busy as they can be. Order take-out tonight to restore a little bit of normalcy to your evening. Maybe you’ll even be motivated to shower:)

Take Out Food NYC 365 Guide New York City

This list compiled by The Daily News is a great place to start and includes New […]

503, 2020

Pleasing Pasta

By | March 5th, 2020|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Homemade pasta is my favorite comfort food. On a chilly winters day, warm your belly with lovingly crafted pasta served swimming in hand made sauces. Your day will seem just a little better.

San Marzano Pasta Fresca (117 Second Avenue) San Marzano offers countless options of shapes and sauces with every pasta being made in-house. Sauces include the standards like Bolognese and Pesto but also exciting combinations of Butternut Squash and Sausage and Wild Boar Ragu. It’s best to go with a group so you can sample many different combos. I prefer the Pappardelle and Garganelli noodles. Appetizers and salads are $7-8 and pastas are $11. Yes, $11. Hold on to your fork, all wine bottles are under $30. There is […]

1302, 2020

Very Valentine

By | February 13th, 2020|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Le Boite en Boise Valentine Day NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleJust in case you still don’t have any “love” day plans, make a reservation at one of this weeks picks for a delightful Valentine’s Day. Most restaurants are serving tasty prix-fixe menus at affordable prices.

Le Boite en Bois (75 West 68th Street) This traditional and cozy French restaurant is a romantic option for any date night. Service is pleasant and attentive without the New York City rush to turn over tables. They always offer a pre-theatre prix-fixe menu for $60 helping to turn any day into Valentine’s Day. Choices include homemade soups and raviolis prepared daily. I recommend the Roasted Monkfish with caramelized leeks in a white wine shallot sauce and the Lamb Stew with garden vegetables and […]

602, 2020

Vivacious Valentine’s Day

By | February 6th, 2020|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Cafe du Soleil Valentines Day NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleLove is in the air! Even if you’re in “like”, Valentine’s Day is a good excuse to go out for a great meal. Call your love, friend or family member and show them they are appreciated next week.

Café du Soleil (2723 Broadway) For authentic French dining on Valentine’s Day, take advantage of this three-course prix-fixe dinner at Café for $69. Cafe du Soleil offers traditional French fare with the warm hospitality of a neighborhood café. It’s like stepping into a Parisian bistro. Start with Classic French Lobster Bisque or Salad de Margret de Canard with smoked duck and roasted pecans in a raspberry vinaigrette. Next, feast on Filet Mignon Sauce Perigourdine with a maidera truffle sauce. I like that they offer different […]

3001, 2020

Sensational Soups

By | January 30th, 2020|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Soupman Soup NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleSoup weather is upon us! On a chilly day, a piping hot bowl of rich broth really hits the spot. Sure, you can find soup at almost every deli, but not all bowls are alike.

The Original Soupman (259 West 55th Street) You’ve probably seen the Seinfeld episode about the soup guy that tells George, “No soup for you!” The Original Soupman’s tradition of excellence began in New York City in the 1980s. New Yorkers were lining up in droves for his famous artisanal soups. Now the infamous bowls are available both in the city and online for shipping. I must admit, I get a little nervous when I visit the shop. Order from the right line, then step left and wait. What strikes […]