Monica’s NYC Dining Tips 2018-01-24T13:22:27+00:00

Monica’s NYC 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.

2812, 2017

Nifty New Year’s Eve

By | December 28th, 2017|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Mermaid Inn New Year's Eve NYC New York CityAnother year is almost in the books. I can’t think of a better excuse to go out and have a delicious meal. Both extravagant and casual options are plentiful so take your pick and get ready for 2018.

The Mermaid Inn (3 locations) Happy hour from 5-7 p.m. every day offering $1 oysters, $5-$7 drinks and appetizer specials keep this popular spot hopping. You always need a reservation for dinner and their New Year’s special is a real winner. On New Year’s all locations will offer a three-course prix-fixe for $45 (upper west side is $55). Selections include Barnegat Scallop Ceviche with winter citrus, crispy shallot and fennel and Braised Beef Short Rib with celery root purée and brussels sprouts. […]

1412, 2017

Delectable Christmas Eve Dinners

By | December 14th, 2017|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Oceana Christmas Dinner 365 Guide New York City NYCIf you grew up in an Italian family, you certainly remember your mother slaving for weeks over the Christmas Eve “Seven Fishes” dinner. The end result is a ridiculous amount of food and a stuffing that leaves you breathless.  If it’s ingrained in your brain but you want your mom to enjoy the Holiday, consider going out on Christmas Eve.

Oceana (120 West 49th Street) Just steps from the Rockefeller Tree and Radio City, Oceana will be serving a “Feast of the Seven Fishes” dinner on Christmas Eve. The special five-course tasting menu features a Lobster and Shrimp Roll Salad with butter vinaigrette, toasted challah, celery, and red onion; Crispy Brandade with parsley root and parsley purée; Egg Fettuccine with bay scallops, uni, […]

712, 2017

Wines That Sparkle

By | December 7th, 2017|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

This is the tiWolffer Estate Vineyards Wine 365 Guide New York City NYCme of year when I’m constantly reaching for a bottle to open or bring to a party. It’s fun to discover new wines at the recommendation of a friend. If you put some thought into your choices, you just may be happily surprised. As your holiday season gets busier, impress your friends with these labels.

Wölffer Estate Vineyard is extending rosé season with the launch of Finca Wölffer Rosé 2017 this holiday season. After a busy spring and summer, the estate is excited to now deliver high quality, vibrant Rosé, year-round. Produced from Wölffer’s 85-acre Argentine estate, the Finca Wölffer Rosé delivers the fresh taste and elegant style that you’d expect from a Rosé. A luminous pink color and dry, fruitful […]

2611, 2017

Try Something New

By | November 26th, 2017|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Blake Lane Newcomer 365 Guide New York CityOne of my favorite things about New York City is the endless stream of restaurants. While I am certainly guilty of revisiting old favorites, I definitely keep an eye opened for new places to try. Today’s newcomer is tomorrows good old standard. Give the new guys a chance.

Blake Lane (1429 Third Avenue) Simple, colorful plates are served at this California style eatery that’s big on bowls, salads and sandwiches. From 4-7 p.m. daily much on spiced pumpkin popcorn ($2), deviled eggs ($3) or guacamole with chips ($5) at the bar. Beer is $5, cocktails $7 and assorted wines $8. Ingredients are locally sourced and the ambience is industrial modern chic. While they are health conscious, they serve creative moderately priced veggie and non-veg dishes. Try the tuna tartine […]

2511, 2017

Everything Eataly

By | November 25th, 2017|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Monica DiNatale Eataly Lidia Bastianich New York City NYC Monica DiNatale & Lidia Bastianich

If you haven’t visited Eataly yet, prepare yourself for foodies paradise overload. Inside awaits beautiful mini restaurants of every variety as well as farm fresh markets. Vegetarian, pizza, pasta, seafood, meats and cheese emporiums are all artfully represented.

In 2010, Lidia Bastianich and her son partnered with Oscar Farinetti and Mario Batali to open Eataly, a 50,000 square foot food emporium in Manhattan that is devoted to the food and culinary traditions of Italy. Bastianich is the chef and owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants, Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s in both Pittsburgh and Kansas City.  Bastianich also offers culinary and gastronomy classes to the public at […]

2511, 2017

Smashing Steakhouses

By | November 25th, 2017|Deals. Deals. Deals., There Is Nothing To Do|0 Comments

Royal 35 Steakhouse 365 Guide NYC I always crave a juicy steak during the winter months. When it’s chilly outside, a Royal 35 Steakhouse 365 Guide NYC New York Citybelly full of steak keeps my soul warm.

Royal 35 Steakhouse (1 E 35th Street) If you’re in midtown, don’t miss this 5,000 square foot restaurant featuring sizzling steaks dry aged in house. Their signature 40 ounce double porterhouse for two ($98) is specialty dry aged for 35 days with Himalayan sea salt blocks. The steaks range from 8 ounces (starting at $49) to a 76 ounce steak for four as a bone in rib eye, New York strip, filet mignon and more. Try a slice of freshly cut extra thick Canadian bacon ($6) and the sauteed onions ($8) with your meal. Wine bottles […]