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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.

811, 2018

Tasty Thanksgiving Reservations

By | November 8th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Hearth Thanksgiving New York City 365 Guide NYC Monica DiNatale

If the thought of serving all your crazy, yet lovable, relatives on Thanksgiving is causing you stress, fear not. Make a reservation and experience a beautiful serene Holiday. The cuisine is almost as tasty as moms without all the hassle. Try one of these restaurants for a blissful Thanksgiving.

Hearth (403 East 12th Street) If you’re looking for an upscale dinner with exquisite wine choices, consider Thanksgiving at Hearth. Their three-course set menu includes all the essentials and finishes with Pumpkin Mousse for $98. Children twelve and under are half price and wine pairings are an additional $38. Hearth specializes in seasonal market driven cuisine where good fats are celebrated, animals are appreciated and vegetables are king. They serve real food in a warm and inviting […]

2510, 2018

Perfumy Pumpkin Pasta

By | October 25th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Morandi Pumpkin Pasta NYC 365 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleThe scents of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin make my heart melt. For the month of October, I try to eat as much pumpkin and butternut squash themed foods as possible. Pasta tops my list, but hurry before they disappear until next season.

Morandi (211 Waverly Place) Nestled in the heart of the West Village, Morandi offers seasonal Italian dining in a lively setting. Their fresh handmade pastas are legendary and keeps them packed seven nights a week. For fall, order the Casoncelli di Zucca ($22) pumpkin stuffed pasta in a sage brown butter sauce with pine nuts and parmesan cheese. Pair with a glass of their vermentino ($13) and let the flavors dance on your palette. Definitely make a reservation for dinner since the place is small with […]

1810, 2018

Fall Into Craft Beer

By | October 18th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Clinton Hall Beer Hall 365 Guide New York City NYCBeer Halls are the perfect location for group get-togethers and a raucous good time. Today’s beer gardens have upped their game with the quality of food and the meticulous attention paid to craft beers. It never ceases to amaze me that enormous beer gardens actually exist in New York City.

Clinton Hall (230 East 51st Street) One of the newest additions to the Beer Hall landscape is opening on March 16th. Tucked inside The Pod Hotel, Clinton Hall is a 3,000 square foot restaurant with an industrial layout and an outdoor garden. They are striving to make if feel like an adult playground with oversized Jenga games, Connect 4 and TV’s in […]

1110, 2018

Perfect Pasta

By | October 11th, 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 today 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 specials […]

1010, 2018

Sumptuous Steaks

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

New York City has a plethora of classic steakhouses serving supreme cuts of meat. I’m always up for a good steak, but it’s nice to have options. Restaurants may be known for perfectly grilled steaks, but better know for a well rounded menu and unique specialties. Bring carnivores and vegetarians together at a meal at one of this weeTBar Steak Salmon 365 Guide New York City NYCks picks. A chef that knows how to sear a steak is a real bonus.

TBar Steak and Lounge (1278 Third Avenue) TBar’s menu is completely diverse with seafood, steaks, gourmet burgers and creative TBar Steak Lounge 365 Guide New York City NYCsalads. Was my steak cooked perfectly? Yes! But my taste buds were also tingling for Salmon Ceviche, Seared Wasabi […]

910, 2018

Oktoberfest Beer Halls

By | October 9th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Clinton Hall Beer Hall 365 Guide New York City NYCFall weather get me excited for one of my favorite beverages, pumpkin beer. I love all things pumpkin and the autumnal selections found at beer halls everywhere. Oktoberfest is a great time to check out beer halls and seasonal specials.

Clinton Hall (230 East 51st Street) One of the newest additions to the Beer Hall landscape is opening on March 16th. Tucked inside The Pod Hotel, Clinton Hall is a 3,000 square foot restaurant with an industrial layout and an outdoor garden. They are striving to make if feel like an adult playground with over sized Jenga games, Connect 4 and TV’s in every corner. There are twenty drafts beers including ten Supercraft beers brewed to Brew Master specs. They actually have a Flux-Capacitor to calibrate and adjust […]