Be Lean in 2015

22 Jan

Monica DiNatale 365 Guide New York City NYC Haru Sushi

Get Lean with Sushi in NYC.

It seems I’m not the only one trying to get back into shape after the Holidays this year. Since everyone is craving advice of the healthy variety, I decided to give you a few more sushi places to keep you lean and happy.

Ageha Sushi (767 Ninth Avenue) Ageha offers an excellent lunch special. Daily from 11:30am-4pm take advantage of the two roll ($10) or three roll ($13.50) specials. Both include miso soup and a green salad with ginger dressing. I like their yellowtail scallion roll ($6) or splurge on the spicy heaven specialty roll with white tuna and spicy salmon ($14). The rolls are packed with fresh fish and a great bank for your buck.

Haru Sushi (5 locations) Haru is located throughout the city making it easy to find a location and start eating better today. The yellowtail jalapeno roll ($6.50) was so good I had to order another one. Specialty rolls start at $13 and they always offer creative additions to the menu nightly. While the décor is modern, the pricing is reasonable and the seafood very fresh. Be sure to sign up with your email address on their website to get $20 off on your birthday.

Sushi Yu 2 (827 West 181st Street) The tuna avocado mango roll ($7) is delicious and worth the trip uptown. Rolls start at $6 and specialty rolls $11. The $13 lunch special includes two rolls, miso soup and salad ($13). It’s a small place that would be perfect for a quite casual date. They actually make the rolls so big, you can barely fit the lobster roll in your mouth. Not a bad problem to have!

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

Get Lean with Sushi in NYC

8 Jan

Sushi NYC Monica DiNatale 365 Guide New York City

Get Lean with Sushi in NYC.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved eating out and going to parties non-stop for the last month, but at this point the train has to stop. With Speedo season just around the corner, it’s time to eat healthier and get back into shape. Sushi is the perfect way to start eating lighter while maintaining great taste and satisfaction. Yes, there are tons of sushi restaurants in NYC, but some don’t leave me craving more. These are the gems that make me dream about sushi for days.

Amber  There are 4 locations in New York City and are tops for consistently fresh fish at reasonable prices. Rolls start at $5. I recommend the spicy tuna and avocado salad ($8) which includes a huge helping of tuna and if you want to splurge, try the dragon roll ($17). The main dining room is modern and sleek and would impress a date or accommodate a group. From 5pm-7pm at the bar during the week you’ll find $6 cocktails.

Sushi Damo  They are my favorite high end sushi restaurant and are conveniently located at Columbus Circle. Take advantage of happy hour for drinks at the bar Monday through Friday from 5pm-7pm with $5-$7 wine and cocktails. Go for the lychee martini. The specialty rolls are all above $20 but they are glorious. Try the passion and neo rolls. Sushi Damo is a great for any special occasion.

Hane Sushi From the outside Hane Sushi looks like any old sushi joint. Not. They have a large selection of rolls and hot dishes. Everything is reasonably priced and the sushi is delicious. Rolls start at $4. I love the spicy yellowtail roll. Specialty rolls start at $11.95.

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

Need New Year’s Eve Plans in NYC?

30 Dec

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New Year’s Eve in NYC.

New York City is known for it’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. While watching the ball drop from Times Square is fun (I’ve been there), it’s not for everyone. If you want a party atmosphere without Ryan Seacrest, I would try one of these events.

PARTIES

Café Wha (115 Macdougal Street) One of my favorite bands in the city is the Café Wha house band. They are a funk/soul band and play everything from Stevie Wonder to Michael Jackson. They are performing two shows on New Year’s Eve; 9:30pm for $50 and the late show at 12:15am for$15. If you want to dance the night away and have a great time, this is the place. They play for free most weeks Wednesday through Sunday nights.

Midnight Run (between 66th & 72nd Streets) This run is sponsored by the New York Road Runners. Think of this event as a “fun run” where you’ll see everything from costumed characters to Upper East Siders drinking lattes. The course is the four-mile Central Park inner loop and ends with fireworks and a band at midnight. To join in on the fun it’s $55 in advance and $60 day of event. The pre-race and post-race festival at the Central Park Bandshell from 10pm until 1am is free and fun for all ages. There will be a dj and live performances. Even if you’re not a runner, walk it and then go to dinner.

Webster Hall (125 E 11th) If Times Square is too tame for you, the father of all parties is at Webster Hall. The 40,000 square feet of party space offers something for everyone. Tickets start $99 per person and go up to$150 with six hours of open bar until 2am.  VIP tickets are $200 and include gift bags and two bottles of liquor. They’ll be hors douvers, dj’s, live performances and breakfast. The party starts at 8pm and ends at 12 noon on New Year’s Day. If you’re a night owl, show up at 3:30am for the after party for $99 with four hours of open bar.

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

Christmas Day Dinner in NYC

23 Dec

Monica DiNatale 365 Guide New York City NYC Rock Center Christmas Tree

Christmas Day Dinner in NYC.

The big day is almost here! Get ready for giving and getting presents, smiles, food, more food and cookies. Lots of cookies. It’s not too late to go out and treat yourself to a delicious dinner in New York City. Consider a spontaneous meal at one of these Christmas gems. Let the only mess in your kitchen be from wrapping paper.

Rolf’s (281 Third Avenue) Think of Rolf’s as the Disney World of Christmas decorations. The garland and lights hang so low they hit your head. Their eggnog and hot mulled wine drinks are off the charts. Rolf’s is a German restaurant with every type of schnitzel and sausage. They throw in a few seafood dishes for non-sausage types as well. It does get crowded but it’s worth the wait. You can’t be in a bad mood at Rolf’s. The decorations will be up through February 28th.

La Mela (167 Mulberry) For families of any size, La Mela is a great spot for dinner. They offer prix-fixe family style menus starting at $25 for three courses or $37 for four. I recommend going for it to experience all appetizers, pastas, meats and seafood. The food just never seems to stop coming. I’m always amazed what a great value they offer even with wine. The atmosphere is supremely festive and laid back.

Serafina (4 locations) For a fine dining experience sure to please, try one of Serafina’s homemade pastas. They are perfect for any special occasion and can handle large groups well. Pastas and appetizers start at $14. I recommend the gnocchi “di momma” and the tuna del principe. If you choose the West 55th Street location, fill up and then walk it off by seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center (50th & 5th). What could be more in the Christmas spirit?

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

Christmas Eve Dinner Deals in NYC

18 Dec

Monica DiNatale 365 Guide New York City NYC Christmas

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

Monica DiNatale Fox News 365 Guide New York City NYC Holidays

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

Monica DiNatale 365 Guide New York City Book Rockefeller Center

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

Monica DiNatale 365 Guide New York City NYC Restaurant Deals Bar Specials

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.

 

 

 

 

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