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.

305, 2018

Cinco de Mayo Treats

By | May 3rd, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Mad Dog and Beans Mexican Cinco de Mayo NYC

Celebrate Spring sipping cold margaritas on Cinco de Mayo. The specials will last all day so you can imbibe early or late and plan a twelve hour guacamole feast. Enjoy the sunshine with a toast to Mexico on Saturday.

Mad Dog and Beans (2 locations) Complimentary tastings begin with Patron tequila from 12-3 p.m. and end with Avion from 7-9 p.m. Giveaways on Saturday include an Apple watch, drones and barbecue grills in addition to food specials throughout the evening. I like the Nachos Mexican Style, individual nachos topped with black beans and melted cheeses and served with guacamole and pickled jalapeños. Each bite is guaranteed to be full of toppings. Take advantage of happy hour appetizers like Cheese Chimichangas for $4 and Mexican Nachos for $5 Monday through Friday from […]

2604, 2018

Radient Ramen

By | April 26th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Jin Ramen NYC 365 Guide New York CityRamen restaurants are all the rage these days. The basic broth is derived from the essence of pork, chicken, beef, or seafood, and seasoned with soy sauce, salt, miso, and other spices. It’s totally up to each individual chef to decide which ingredients and how much to use. In the end, it’s all about that magical broth.

Jin Ramen (462 Amsterdam Avenue) You are sure to notice the crowds on Amsterdam waiting to dine at Jin. Don’t let the crowd discourage you, the service is speedy so the wait is rarely an issue. They serve chicken, pork and vegetarian broths as well as low salt options for all ramen soups. The Spicy Tonkotsu hits you with a whirlwind of aromas and tender meat sure to clear your […]

1904, 2018

New Spring Restaurants Have Sprung

By | April 19th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Woodstock Bar NYC 365 Guide New York CityEven though the weather is lagging behind, spring has sprung and a new crop of restaurants has arisen. It’s always fun to venture out and see what new places have popped up since our hibernation over winter. If you get out this weekend, try one of these new places.

The Woodstock (446 West 14th Street) The Woodstock attempts to transport you to the original music festival in 1969 with a colorful space and bohemian design. It is close to the Highline and offers a welcoming,Woodstock Bar Pizza NYC 365 Guide New York City Spring yet affordable option, in an area full of high end bars and restaurants. You can secure a seat at the long communal tables, plop down on […]

1204, 2018

Food Hall Bliss

By | April 12th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Urbanspace Food Hall NYC 365 Guide New York CityThe Food Hall concept reminds me of childhood trips to the mall where we’d have endless dining options under one roof. New York City’s Food Halls take it up many notches with high end cuisine, ethnic choices and affordable prices in one spot. They are the perfect place to stop for lunch with anyone you know. Personally, I like ordering from a few places and letting the flavors meld together.Urban Space Food Hall NYC 365 Guide New York City

Urbanspace (570 Lexington) Urbanspace strives to foster communities by transforming city spaces into markets where local merchants can shine and showcase their culinary talents. They have packed sixteen delightful eateries into their bright and airy new space. The upper level gives diners […]

504, 2018

Burgers With Flair

By | April 5th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Island Burger NYC 365 Guide New York CityAfter last week’s burger fest, I still have burgers on the brain. This week’s journey was for burgers with flair. Multiple toppings, fanciful names and interesting sauces propel these hamburgers to another level.

Island Burger (2 locations) I dream about the Mona Lisa sandwich from Island Burger. The burger is topped with mozzarella, pesto, sautéed onions, mushrooms and roasted peppers served on ciabatta bread. Prepare to be thoroughly confused with 20+ delectable burger choices broken into categories like “decadent” and “hot” ($17.95 with fries). To make it more confusing, all of these combos can be ordered with grilled chicken as well as turkey and portobello burgers. Cheese combos, veggies, bacon, spreads and chili choices will leave your head spinning. All of their creations are juicy and masterfully […]

2903, 2018

Classic New York Burgers

By | March 29th, 2018|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Corner Bistro Classic Burger NYC 365 Guide New York City

As the weather slowly gets warmer, I get hungry for a juicy grilled burger. Just because you don’t have a backyard doesn’t mean you can’t get a pitch perfect burger in New York City. In the end I love all the classic burger joints, but these are my top three.

Corner Bistro (331 West 4th Street) For more than five decades people flockCorner Bistro Classic Burger NYC 365 Guide New York City to this old school tavern for cold beer and simple hamburgers. These picturesque burgers are grilled to perfection every time. They are thick and juicy no matter how you like your meat. The potato bun is grilled and served with white onion, lettuce, tomato and pickles. For $9.75 your burger […]