Christmas Eve Dinner Deals in NYC

18 Dec

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Christmas Eve Dinner in NYC.

Are all your presents wrapped and lights on your tree? It’s hard to get everything done in time to enjoy spending time with family and friends at Christmas. There is one chore you can leave to the pros; Christmas Eve dinner. In my house this is one of the biggest meals of the year with several courses of food and desserts. It you’d rather let someone else do the cooking this year, book these reservations.

Fresco by Scotto (34 East 52nd Street) For many Italians Christmas Eve is the night of the “Feast of the Seven Fishes,” a celebration in anticipation of the birth of Jesus. As you can imagine doing seven different dishes at home is a ton of work. For $80 per person you’ll share assorted pizzas and antipastos and then have a choice of appetizers, entrees and desserts. If everyone orders something different you can taste many “fishes.” There are non-seafood dishes on the menu and children 12 and under are $45 per person.

Coppola’s (206 West 79th Street, 378 3rd Avenue) Coppola’s brick lined walls and friendly staff will make you feel right at home. I am in love with the jumbo meatballs and brick oven pizzas. It’s nice to start with a pizza as an appetizer and then order an entrée. The wine list starts at $32. The homemade pastas are wonderful and the fish dishes like grilled branzino are a good choice. Think of them as an extension of your living room. They will be offering both a prix-fixe menu around $50 in addition to their normal menu. Pastas start at $15.

I Trulli  (122 East 27th Street) For $72 per person I Trulli is also offering a traditional Italian menu that includes four courses. Each course offers several different seafood choices like pasta with lobster sauce and wood-oven roasted oysters. An assortment of desserts for the entire table will complete your meal. For non-seafood lovers they are offering a special a la carte menu complete with chicken, pork and beef dishes. This place reminds me of an Italian villa.

365 Guide New York City is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook and full of restaurant deals and bar specials in NYC.

Fox News – Best Holiday Restaurants in NYC

15 Dec

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Fox News interviewed Monica DiNatale about the best restaurants in NYC for the Holidays.

365 Guide New York City is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook and full of restaurant deals and bar specials in NYC. A perfect gift for anyone that lives or travels to New York City.

Neighborhood Restaurants Make The Holidays Bright

11 Dec

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Visiting a neighborhood restaurant during the Holidays is like visiting family. Every year I look forward to seeing them. Forget about being annoyed by Aunt Mable and try one of these places for cheer.  While larger restaurants are efficient at handling the crowds at this time of year, these gems will make you feel at home with great food in a casual festive setting. Make a reservation to secure your spot.

Nizza (630 Ninth Avenue) Located near the theater district, Nizza is a nice choice for a good meal if you’re going to see a show. Try the burrata appetizer and one of their many homemade pastas. All of the pastas are tasty but I love the pansoti with walnut pesto. They offer a dozen thin crust pizzas starting at $13. Brunch is served on weekends from 10am to 2pm and starts at $10.

Polpette (483 Amsterdam Avenue) Polpette is all about meatballs. I love their “stolen meatballs” without sauce that remind me of my grandmother. Their homemade pastas start at $17 and are bursting with flavor. Try the gnocchi or the papardelle bolognese. I recommend starting with a few orders of meatballs and the sausage and broccoli rabe sliders to share. Monday through Friday take advantage of 2 for 1 drinks from 5pm-7pm. On weekends from 11:30am-3pm indulge in the “bottomless brunch” which includes your entree and the beverage of your choice for $30.

Langan’s (150 West 47th Street) Langan’s is one of my favorite Irish Pubs. They have a large bar area with high top tables if you’re looking for a place to meet friends for drinks in addition to a spacious dining area. There is always a great vibe at Langan’s and they offer seasonal beverages like $5 eggnog shots. The flat bread pizza of the day and the angus beef sliders are nice to share. The menu has something for everyone and the mostly Irish staff is friendly and attentive. On Sundays from 11:30am-4pm enjoy their Jazz Brunch for $15.95 that includes one free drink.

365 Guide New York City is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook and full of restaurant deals and bar specials in NYC.

 

Last Chance For Buy One Get One Free Books

6 Dec

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Ends at Midnight – Buy One Get One Free Books

Follow the link to get 2 copies of 365 Guide New York City for the price of one! Keep one for yourself and give one as a gift. You can choose from many titles and take advantage of this special deal through December 6, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Host Your Party in New York City

4 Dec

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It’s that time of year again when Holiday parties are a dime a dozen. I prefer a restaurant setting to an event venue. The atmosphere is more warm and inviting. Since they are used to large parties and special menus, they offer less hassle and more fun. Specialty cocktails are a nice detail to make your event memorable. Try one of these restaurants to plan your party.

Medi Wine Bar (811 9th Avenue) The private room downstairs is perfect for any gathering. The brick walls and wrought iron accents create a beautiful setting. They will customize a menu for you to accommodate your tastes. They have several different types of brushette but my favorite is the fresh ricotta. Definitely include a tray of olives, hummus, pita and olive oil. It is the perfect compliment for the wine and the food is definitely above par.

Ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar (17th Avenue South & 11 West 31st Street) Want to throw a party with a chocolate twist? Look no further. For $60 per person (two hours) enjoy assorted cheeses, hummus, olives and prosciutto in addition to hot dishes like chicken lollipops and white truffle pizza. Chocolate truffles, prosecco, wine and beer is also included. Imagine trays covered with mixed chocolates, chocolate-dipped strawberries and cookies, and bite-sized iced cakes in the shape of tiny trees. Their candy-coated chocolates and marshmallows would add an unforgettable garnish to your holiday event.

Blue Fin (47 Broadway 1567 Broadway) Blue Fin has that New York City “wow” quality. Located in the heart of Times Square, the glass lined bar overlooks the bustling streets. It is sleek and modern with sushi and seafood options that deliver. They have four different rooms and can handle large groups very well. I like the “staycation” cocktail with green tea infused tequila and cucumber. The sushi quality is excellent and rolls start at $12.

365 Guide New York City is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook and full of restaurant deals and bar specials in NYC.

Cyber Monday Sale – Buy One Get One Free Books

1 Dec

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Cyber Monday Sale – Buy One Get One Free Books

Follow the link to get 2 copies of 365 Guide New York City for the price of one! Keep one for yourself and give one as a gift. You can choose from many titles and take advantage of this special deal through December 6, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Black Friday Sale – Buy One Get One Free Books

28 Nov

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Black Friday Sale – Buy One Get One Free Books

Follow the link to get 2 copies of 365 Guide New York City for the price of one! Keep one for yourself and give one as a gift. You can choose from many titles and take advantage of this special deal through December 6, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Save Money During The Holidays in NYC

27 Nov

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Believe it or not, it’s possible to get bang for your buck when dining out in New York City during the holidays. (read more and save)

Wednesday Sale – Buy One Get One Free Books

26 Nov

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Wednesday Sale – Buy One Get One Free Books

Follow the link to get 2 copies of 365 Guide New York City for the price of one! Keep one for yourself and give one as a gift. You can choose from many titles and take advantage of this special deal through December 6, 2014.

 

 

 

 

Help! I Burned The Turkey

26 Nov

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Thanksgiving Restaurants in NYC.

If your cranberry sauce is runny and your potatoes are lumpy, it’s not too late to make a reservation and save the day. These places deliver delicious turkey meals with all the bells and whistles and no hassle. If your hesitant to go out, try it once and see how delightful it can be. The only drawback is not having the late night turkey leftovers tomorrow night. Fear not, you can still buy pies!

Abboccato (136 West 55th Street) For $55 Abboccato offers a four-course dinner that includes a turkey entree with sausage stuffing and sweet potato puree. The bonus course is hand cut pappardelle with short ribs for Italian food lovers. Pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon gelato ends the meal perfectly. The Italian wine list starts at $40.

Fred’s (476 Amsterdam Avenue) (476 Amsterdam Avenue) You’ll almost feel like you’re in your own living room at Fred’s. Try to leave your slippers at home. The $42.95 menu comes with four-courses of soup, salad and either turkey, ham or salmon entrees with all the trimmings. The best part; it’s all you can eat. If you need another helping of turkey (and who doesn’t), they will bring you one. Apple, pecan and pumpkin pie are your dessert choices. Seatings are at 1:30pm, 4pm and 6:30pm. You can try to score a seat at the bar last minute as well.

Oceana (120 West 49th Street) (120 West 49th Street) Known for their delicious raw bar and sleek modern decor, Oceana’s Thanksgiving menu not only includes a turkey entree, but also hanger steak and seared sea scallops. The three-course menu for $65 includes five or six choices for each part of your meal. If you want to splurge, start with littleneck clams ($2 each) or oysters ($3 each). I recommend the pumpkin cheesecake with pumpkin seed streusel for dessert.

365 Guide New York City is available on Amazon in paperback and ebook and full of restaurant deals and bar specials in NYC.

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