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.

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 […]

2301, 2020

More Restaurant Week Savings

By | January 23rd, 2020|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Perry Street Restaurant Week NYC New York City Monica DiNataleThe savings continue with more Restaurant Week deals in New York City. Take advantage of dining discounts from some of the finest restaurants in town. Hurry, you have until February 9th to indulge with $26 two-course lunches and $42 three-course dinners.

Perry Street (176 Perry Street) You almost need a passport to travel to the far West Village for this beautiful gem. Jean-Georges Vongerichten designed a serene escape with Perry St, offering beautiful sunset views over the Hudson River. In this tranquil setting, savor Tuna Tartare or Mussels and Clams in a green curry broth with jasmine rice. There is a great deal of attention given to flavorful sauces that perfectly compliment the menu selections. Visit for lunch anytime to sample their menu with a $38 prix-fixe option. If […]

1601, 2020

Righteous Restaurant Week

By | January 16th, 2020|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Perrine Restaurant Week NYC 265 Guide New York City Monica DiNataleBeginning January 21st through February 9th, New York City Restaurant Week will arrive offering exquisite eats at a fraction of the price.  Next week pick some four $$$$ restaurants for lunch ( two-course, $26) or dinner (three-course, $42). Ordinarily considered expense account dining, save big with these three luxurious meals for a song.

Perrine (2 East 61st Street) Located in the iconic Pierre Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Perrine delivers high-end cuisine in a modern bright setting. They focus on farm-to-table dishes utilizing seasonal specialties. During Restaurant Week, they are offering additional savings with weekend brunch/lunch for $26 and Sunday dinner for $42. Elections include Catskills Smoked Salmon, Roasted Branzino with white beans and Beef Short Ribs. Their featured cocktail for the […]

901, 2020

Slim Down in 2020

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

Gu Japanese Fusion Sushi NYC 365 Guide New York City 2020Another Holiday season behind us and another opportunity to drop those too-much-partying pounds. Although the celebrations were delightful, they take a toll on the waistline. Join me in slimming down with some great sushi meals in January.

Gu Japanese Fusion Sushi Bar (155 East 52nd Street) Gu’s fresh menu is massive with seafood choices and combo platters to delight. Sushi dinners start at $18 and kitchen entrees like Shrimp Teriyaki are $19. All items include a Miso Soup or Salad. Their Spicy Tuna ($6.50) and Yellowtail Jalapeno Rolls ($6.95) are my go to favorites. It’s a great pick for a late lunch if you work in Midtown East. Gu has a cool atmosphere with dim lighting and tables spaced appropriately so you can actually […]