Best Football Bars in NYC

16 Oct

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Best Football Bars in NYC.

Many bar goers are gladly trading the idyll of summer for the beginning of football season. New York City is a passionate sports town with rabid followers of both the Giants and the Jets, and everywhere you look there are food and drink specials just begging you to take advantage. Be part of the electric energy and save some money at the same time. Here are some local gems for game day.

Rattle n Hum (14 East 33rd Street) They offer 40 beers on tap and $.50 wings on Sundays. You can score $5 “kick the keg” craft beers all day Sunday as well. If you visit Monday through Friday from 11am-7pm, you’ll score $5 select drafts, wine and well drinks. The long bar is always tended by knowledgeable bartenders who know the beers.

Croxley Ales (28 Avenue B) Every Sunday you’ll find $.20 wings and $.10 boneless wings. Each week they also promote $5 “beer of the week” specials and have forty beers on tap. Monday through Friday from 4pm-7pm all drinks are $1 off and on Fridays from 5pm-7pm there is a free buffet at the bar. Score!

Dalton’s (611 Ninth Avenue) Dalton’s has twenty 50” TVs and $4 beers and $5 shots 365 days a year. For football they have $.25 wings, $16 pitchers and $12 for two foot-long hot dogs with a beer. Located near Port Authority this is a good choice to meet friends coming in on Sundays. I like the sliders with fries for $12.95.

Village Pourhouse (982 Amsterdam Avenue) The Pourhouse is a good choice for larger groups. They have several rooms and a large bar area. On Sundays take advantage of $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys, $10 pitchers and $20 margarita pitchers. The Drunken Chili ($6) is amazing. On Monday nights go for the $16 unlimited wings and Bud Lights for two hours. They always add food and drinks specials during sporting events.

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Best Pop-Ups For Fall in NYC

9 Oct

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If you’ve had your fill of German beer and enormous pretzels, check out these pop-ups to complete your fall experience. We all need a change from the normal scene and pop-up fever has taken over Manhattan. They won’t last forever so try something different this weekend.

Talenti Gelato (Bryant Park, 41 West 40th Street) The Southern Pecan and Pumpkin flavors are like fall in a cup. The shop rotates about five flavors daily for $4. If you haven’t tasted Talenti, you are in for a treat. It is noticeably creamier than most. Hurry, they pack up October 10th. If a pint is the only way to satisfy your cravings, you can find it at Gristedes and D’agostino.

Friends Central Perk (199 Lafayette Street) Twenty years later the Friends frenzy is still alive. Until October 18th you can feel like Monica (my favorite), Rachel or Chandler. Complete with the orange couch enjoy Eight O’Clock coffee and a little bit of television history. They are planning contests, sing-alongs and giveaways. The best part…the coffee is free.

Hester Street Fair (Corner of Hester and Essex) The fair brings together a collection of NYC’s best food, vintage clothing and jewelry. The fair ends October 25th and is closed October 11th and 12th. You’ll find unique items not found at your average street fair and food trucks for great affordable grub. Try a pumpkin pie snocone from Handsome Dan’s.

Cat Footwear (Corner of Lexington Avenue & 47th Street) Cat Footwear has come a long way and this pop-up will prove they don’t just make work boots. In celebration their 25th anniversary, Cat is showcasing fashion boots and shoes for men and women. The shop is open October 21st through October 29th and will include hand painted shoes and pink work boots to support the charity Everyday People Initiating Change.

Craft & Claw (356 West 58th Street) Behind the front desk at The Hudson Hotel, lives a beautiful “outdoor” pop-up bar and restaurant. It only lasts until October 30th and creates an Oktoberfest vibe less the sausages. Instead you’ll find lobster and crab rolls and specialty cocktails. They have several pumpkin beers by the bottle ($9) and my favorite sandwich is the Fennel Orange Crab Roll ($20). You are paying for the atmosphere but it does deliver. Even in bad weather, the space is tented. It opens at 4pm daily.

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Best Oktoberfest Bars in NYC

2 Oct

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Best Oktoberfest Bars in NYC.

After appearing on PIX11, I received many questions about where to go for Oktoberfest in New York City. Most bars are bringing in Oktoberfest and fall beers but if you want the German experience I would visit a few of these restaurants.

Bierhaus (712 Third Avenue) For lunch lovers, book a party of 8 or more and receive 10% off your bill Monday through Thursday. On Sundays kids under 10 eat free from 12pm-9pm. Until October 31st you can enjoy free live music and $5 pretzels. Visit on 10/4 for a bratwurst eating championship.

Zum Schneider Restaurant (107 Avenue C)  Zum is sponsoring Oktoberfest tents with all the bells and whistles at 23rd Street and The East River for the first two weekends in October. General admission is $25 and will guarantee you a seat under the tents. You’ll enjoy traditional German food, beer and oompah bands. It is cash only.

Hallo Berlin (626 10th Avenue) For the month of October Hallo Berlin is offering $5 beers all day. At lunch time take advantage of the Oktoberfest special for $8. The menu is as authentic as it gets. Don’t leave without trying the potato pancakes and the giant pretzel. They take reservations for six or more people.

Lederhosen (39 Grove Street) Until 10/19 wear your lederhosen to Lederhosen and get a free 1/2 liter draft! Take advantage of the Wurst & Beer Special for $10 and from Tuesday through Friday all pints are $5 and well drinks are buy-one-get-one free. Visit after 10pm Tuesday through Friday for half off all appetizers. Come at 1pm on weekends (through 10/19) and enjoy a “tap a keg” special for $25/pp and drink until the well runs dry.

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Watch Monica DiNatale on HamletHub

25 Sep

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Watch my interview with Ardina Seward for HamletHub in Yonkers.

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Best Oktoberfest Bars in the Five Boroughs on PIX 11 NYC

16 Sep

Best Oktoberfest Bars in the Five Boroughs NYC.

Watch Monica DiNatale’s Oktoberfest Restaurants on PIX11 NYC

What started as a celebration for the marriage of a Prince in 1810 has become a worldwide celebration. Thank goodness! Oktoberfest is everyone’s chance to explore German food, beers and traditions. While many places offer festivities, there are some restaurants that do it better. Lisa Mateo of PIX 11 interviewed me about the best Oktoberfest bars in the five boroughs. Enjoy my picks and maybe visit a new place this weekend.

Radegast Hall & Biergarten (113 North Third Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn) Radegast offers FREE live music every day. They are kicking off Oktoberfest with a pig roast on 9/20. Every Thursday you can score free bratwurst with a liter beer purchase & $5 ½ liter beers. Tuesday through Friday take advantage of their food and beer pairings starting at $13.

Bohemian Hall Beer Garden (29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria, Queens) If you are looking for a huge outdoor beer garden venue with large picnic tables, look no further. Tables are first-come, first-served and family friendly. From 5pm-7pm Monday through Friday you’ll find $4 beers. They are offering live music as well during Oktoberfest.

Killmeyer’s (4254 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island) Killmeyer’s is the king of food specials and they have 100 beers on the menu. Plan to join them on 9/19 for a pig roast ($30) or maybe some live music. Mondays and Tuesdays take advantage of all-you-can-eat buffets. Visit for “Wurst” Wednesdays and kids eat free on Thursdays. Daily from 4pm-7pm you’ll find 1/2 price beer and potato pancakes.

Bronx Beer Hall (2344 Arthur Avenue, Bronx) Looking for some place different for Oktoberfest? The Bronx Beer Hall only serves New York State craft beers. For Oktoberfest they are doing “tap” takeovers so local New York State Breweries can showcase their Oktoberfest and fall beers. The menu includes sausages, burgers and chili.

Lederhosen (39 Grove Street, Manhattan) From 9/20 to 10/19 wear your lederhosen to Lederhosen and get a free 1/2 liter draft! Take advantage of the Wurst & Beer Special for $10 and from Tuesday through Friday all pints are $5 and well drinks are buy-one-get-one free. Visit after 10pm Tuesday through Friday for half off all appetizers. Come at 1pm on weekends (through 10/19) and enjoy a “tap a keg” special for $25/pp and drink until the well runs dry.

Boats, Beers & Bear Mountain Circle Line Oktoberfest Cruise (Pier 83 at West 42nd Street & 12th Avenue) If you’re tired of the restaurant scene, try the Oktoberfest Cruise. It’s an all day sightseeing fun fest! I left at 9am and returned at 5:30pm. The cruise takes you to Bear Mountain home of a huge outdoor festival with all the bells and whistles. You can hike the trails or spend the day listening to oompah music under the tents. It is running Saturdays and Sundays from 9/13 to 10/26 and Columbus Day 10/13. $60 for adults, $36 for kids

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Feast Of San Gennaro Kicks Off On Mulberry Street

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A great celebration with amazing food! Try Da Nico’s or La Mela.

Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)The Feast of San Gennaro began Thursday in Little Italy, with tons of food and an assortment of entertainment.

As CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu reported, more than 200 vendors were ready to sell Thursday along Mulberry Street.

“Shish kabobs, rib-eye steak, pork brasciole, broccoli rabe” were among the items at Eddie Laracuente’s Sausage and Peppers stand. And that is only a small taste.

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One festival-goer named Johnny told 1010 WINS’ John Montone why he believes the festival is important.

“It’s a tradition. It brings us back to our heritage; our roots from our ancestors that came here,” he said.

This is the 88th Annual Feast, honoring Italian heritage and the patron saint of Naples. A special mass will be held next Friday, Sept. 19, at the Church of…

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Giants and Jets Fans Best Football Bars NYC

11 Sep

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Giants & Jets Fans Best Football Bars NYC.

Nothing screams fall like the beginning of football season. It helps us ease out of summer and gives us a reason to cheer. New York City is a passionate sports town with rabid followers of both the Giants and the Jets. The energy during football games is electric and everywhere you look, there are food and drink specials just begging you to take advantage of them. Here are some local gems for game day.

Croxley Ales (28 Avenue B) Every Sunday you’ll find $.20 wings and $.10 boneless wings. Each week they also promote $5 “beer of the week” specials and have forty beers on tap. Monday through Friday from 4pm-7pm all drinks are $1 off and on Fridays from 5pm-7pm there is a free buffet at the bar. Score!

Dalton’s (611 Ninth Avenue) Dalton’s has twenty 50” TVs and $4 beers and $5 shots 365 days a year. For football they have $.25 wings, $16 pitchers and $12 for two foot-long hot dogs with a beer. Located near Port Authority this is a good choice to meet friends coming into the city on Sundays. I like the sliders with fries for $12.95.

Village Pourhouse (982 Amsterdam Avenue) The Pourhouse is a good choice for larger groups. They have several rooms and a large bar area. On Sundays take advantage of $5 mimosas and Bloody Marys, $10 pitchers and $20 margarita pitchers. The Drunken Chili ($6) is amazing. On Monday nights go for the $16 unlimited wings and Bud Lights for two hours. They always add additional food specials during events.

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Margarita Madness

4 Sep

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Best Mexican Restaurants in NYC.

Good times are always had at a Mexican restaurant. The food, the drinks, the bright colors all lead to great conversation and relaxation. A margarita combined with salty chips and spicy salsa is the perfect culinary treat. In general Mexican restaurants are reasonably priced and aim to please. If you’re looking for a deal, look no further.

El Azteca (783 Ninth Avenue) I love their homemade salsa and it’s free with the purchase of drinks at the bar. They offer both frozen and rocks margaritas in dozens of flavors. I like the spicy mango margarita frozen. The lunch special for $10.95 includes a soup, salad or Mexican bruschetta. From 4pm-7pm daily you’ll find $4 beers and $5 margaritas and sangria. For dinner try the chicken mole.

El Paso Restaurante (3 locations) For authentic Mexican food El Paso is tops. They make their own sauces, chips and moles. The corn tacos are absolutely outstanding and start at $3. The chorizo and al pastor tacos are the best. Monday through Friday they offer $1 oysters, $4 drafts and $6 margaritas

Cowgirl Sea-Horse (259 Front Street) The menu is a combination of Texas, Mexican and Louisiana fare and includes pulled pork nachos and chicken fried chicken. The Texas taco trio is a great value ($15.95) and delicious. Tuesday is the star with $2 tacos every week. Try the mango coulis on anything. They change up specials to keep things interesting and offer $1 oysters and half price wine bottles every Wednesday. On Mondays they have free live music as well

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Things To Do Labor Day in NYC

28 Aug

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Things To Do Labor Day in New York City.

There is one more weekend of lighter crowds before the Hamptons crew returns. I love spending summer holiday weekends in the city to enjoy my urban ‘beach’ activities.

If it’s physical activity you crave, get your bike ready and ride across The Brooklyn Bridge to visit The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory . The views of Lower Manhattan are amazing and free! From August 23rd to September 1st you can also see free opera outdoors at Lincoln Center .

For those looking for relaxation with good eats and water views, consider the below when planning your weekend.

The Frying Pan (Pier 66) Want to impress your friends? Spend the afternoon on The Frying Pan. Located on the water, The Pan is a collection of ships docked at Pier 66. The views from the rooftop balcony are stunning. I feel like I’m on vacation when visiting here. The burgers and fries ($12) are great but they also offer clams, mussels and lobster. They make a mean margarita, have buckets of Rolling Rock (6) for $34, and a full bar for all your favorite drinks.

 The Boat Basin (79th Street and the Hudson River) I like The Boat Basin because it offers Hudson River & Marina views, a covered patio and an open air picnic area for large groups and overflow crowds. The atmosphere is laid back whether you are enjoying a cold beer on the steps, or a sandwich at a table and is right on the west side bike path. The menu includes mostly sandwiches and tasty burgers ($9.50), but you’ll also find interesting items like Mahi Mahi tacos ($13). This is the perfect spot for a sunny beautiful day by the water. From 4pm-7pm Monday through Friday you’ll save $2 off drinks. Family and dog friendly.

North River Lobster Company (Pier 81) New to Pier 81, at the river and approximately West 41st street, North River is already one of my favorite places to enjoy an outstanding raw bar and a cruise on the Hudson River. The floating restaurant goes out for free half hour cruises seven times a day on weekends and five times Monday through Thursday. At $29, the lobster dinner served with potatoes and a vegetable is delicious. Try “The Acadia” which includes six shrimp, twelve oysters, six littlenecks and six Jonah Crab Claws for $59 if you want to snack and share. The raw bar is top notch and the staff is super friendly. It’s a great way to get out on the water.

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Seafood Summertime Savings

21 Aug

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Best Seafood in New York City.

There are tons of seafood choices in Manhattan but not all fish come from the same stream. In general the seafood is good or they wouldn’t last in NYC, but there are definitely a few gems that impress me every visit. The best deals for sushi occur at lunch time when entrees include soup, salad, or dessert. I try to eat a late lunch and fill up. If you’re a late diner, stop by Atlantic Grill for ½ price oysters at the bar after 9:00pm. When I’m in the mood for sushi, oysters, or mussels, these are my go to places with, of course, a deal!

Flex Mussels (154 West 13th Street & 174 East 82nd Street) The mussels here are in a whole different category. They offer 20 different sauces and the mussels are steamed and sautéed to perfection. From 5:30pm-7pm daily at the bar and counter order the $25 special: two pots of mussels (choose from 3 flavors), fries, and one glass of beer or wine. I have converted several people who told me they don’t like mussels by bringing them to Flex. You will not leave hungry.

Amber (4 locations) For reasonable fresh sushi, Amber delivers every time. The décor is hip and modern but the prices are down to earth. The spicy tuna and avocado salad ($8) is bursting with fresh tuna and tangy zip. Rolls start at $5.25 and specialty rolls $16. The lunch special comes with soup, salad and a side starting at $11. Brunch on weekends from 12pm-4pm comes with the same and includes two alcohol drinks for $15.

The Mermaid Inn (3 locations) The discounted appetizers from 5pm-7pm range from $3-$6. Oysters and clams are only $1. For oyster fans this place is a must. I like the fish tacos and the shrimp sliders. Try an Aperol Spritz for $7. The Mermaid Inn reminds me of a comfortable fishing village. It is family friendly.

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