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.

1209, 2019

Perfect Pumpkin Breakfast

By | September 12th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

It’s alarming to see Christmas decorations in September as every year seasonGood Enough To Eat Pumpkin French Toasy NYC 365 Guide New York Citys are pushed to change more quickly. One happy early entry is the rise of pumpkin flavored treats, once reserved for October, now available Labor Day. Dive into this orange gourd for a taste of fall instantaneously.

Good Enough To Eat (520 Columbus Avenue) You’ve probably seen the hoards of people waiting for brunch outside for a table at this popular bistro. While I rarely wait in lines, their homemade Pumpkin Bread French Toast topped with pear and cranberry compote ($15.50) is worth the wait. Served with their signature strawberry butter, the bread is perfectly griddled and full of pumpkin seasoning. The fruit compote gives each bite a juicy chaperone chock full […]

509, 2019

Casual Cheap Eats

By | September 5th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

El Castillo de Jagua Cheap Eats NYC 365 Guide New York CityNew York City restaurants offer delectable food in all price ranges. While famous chefs can hog the headlines, there are tasty affordable meals around every corner. When you’re up for trying a new cuisine on the cheap, visit one of this weeks picks.

El Castillo de Jagua (113 Rivington Street) This lower east side gem has been part of the neighborhood for forty years, welcoming Spanish people and foodies from all over New York City. El Castillo specializes in authentic Caribbean Spanish cuisine. Starting at $8 you can feast on a juicy meat or fish platter served with rice and beans. Chicken Soup, Hearty Meat Soup, Baked Chicken and Codfish are all on the menu in plentiful portions. Keeping things even more reasonable, you can bring […]

2208, 2019

Lovely Labor Day

By | August 22nd, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Pinks Labor Day New York City 365 Guide NYC Monica DiNataleI can’t believe the summer is coming to a close. While I’m excited for fall football eats and pumpkin everything, I’ll miss the empty New York City restaurant scene. Before everyone comes back from the beach, visit some of these places on Labor Day for that last bit of chill summertime vibe.

Pinks (242 East Tenth Street) This speakeasy bar behind the Body Shop will be serving up a Sunday feast on Labor Day. For $30, guests can fill up on unlimited tacos and as many select draft beers as you can kick back, starting at 2 p.m. Pinks is tucked neatly off a busy corner only revealing it’s magic to those who venture in and take a chance. They offer a great variety […]

108, 2019

Summer Restaurant Week

By | August 1st, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Le Colonial Restaurant Week NYC 365 Guide New York CityAs summer heats up, so do the savings with Summer Restaurant Week through August 16th. Take the time this weekend to pick a few five-star restaurants for a low-down price. Two-course lunches are $26 and three-course dinners are $42.

Le Colonial (149 East 57th Street) Le Colonial offers old world Asian charm in the middle of the bustle of midtown. The upscale decor with louvered wall panels, colorful tile floors and vintage photos of Vietnam are instantly relaxing. For lunch choose the Crispy Spring Rolls and the Alaskan King Salmon with Thai Chili Lime Fish Sauce. Dinner choices include Shrimp Shumai and their signature Black Bass with Glass Noodles in a Sweet Soy Reduction. Try the Orange Blossom Panna Cotta with Mixed Berries for dessert. During the week from 5-7 p.m. […]

2507, 2019

Fantastic French Wine Bars

By | July 25th, 2019|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Le Pif French Wine Bar NYC 365 Guide New York City

Oui, French wine bars have taken over New York City. And I couldn’t be happier. A cheese or charcuterie platter at any of my picks this week, are meals within themselves, and supremely fresh and satisfying. Expect to hear French being spoken by both the wait staff and patrons.

Le Pif (2 locations) Le Pif boasts forty interesting French wines by the glass from all over the country. On any given day you will find specials like “A Tour of Rhone” that includes six reds for $40. If you find a favorite, order it because they will swap wines out quite often. The Chelsea location is right down the stairs on West 23rd Street at the end of the Highline. A bite at Le Pif 

1807, 2019

Cool Drinks For a Chill Vibe

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

Sweet and Vicious Cool Drinks Margarita 365 Guide NYC New York City

The only way to cool off this week is with an icy frozen beverage. Frozen Margaritas have come a long way and include exotic flavors, vegetables and spicy accents. Try finding your chilled vibe with these cool drinks.

Sweet and Vicious (5 Spring Street) Frozen Margaritas served in mason jars are lovingly handcrafted at Sweet and Vicious. They offer seven Frozen Margaritas including Jalapeno Tequila and Mango. The cool orange art-deco atmosphere inside is a relaxing place to hide from the heat. Save money at the bar Sunday through Thursday from 2-7 p.m. and Fridays from 2-6 p.m. You’ll get $2 off Margaritas and Well Drinks and $1 off Draft and Bottled Beers. Make your way to the hidden backyard with your frozen treat […]