Best Oktoberfest Bars in the Five Boroughs on PIX 11 NYC

16 Sep

Best Oktoberfest Bars in the Five Boroughs NYC.

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


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


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


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


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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Burger Heaven in NYC

14 Aug


Best Burgers in NYC.

There is nothing better than taking a bite of a really good, fresh hamburger and feeling the flavors explode in your mouth. If it’s juicy enough to dribble down your chin, even better. It always makes me long for another. Burgers have come a long way from the hockey puck we used to eat at barbecues. Today’s burgers use top quality meats, combinations of cuts and interesting toppings. While grilling them at home is fun, it’s not always an option for city dwellers in small spaces. When I’m craving a well filled bun, these are some of my favorite places to get a burger fix.

Island Burger (2 locations) They are the king of toppings with 35+ amazing combinations ranging from pesto to spicy blackened. In addition to delicious burgers you can also feast on equally tender chicken “churrasco” sandwiches with the same toppings. Both are cooked to perfection. I find it hard to choose but usually go for The Mona Lisa ($14.95) with mozzarella, pesto, sauteed onions, mushroom, peppers and parmigiana reggiano on ciabatta. It is an experience. I like to start with the grilled Thai chicken sticks for $8.25. The beach decor complete with surf boards make this tiny place feel like a vacation.

Merrion (1840 Second Avenue) Hold on to your buns! This hamburger or vegan burger is free with the purchase of a beer. You can also score a free order of wings with a pitcher purchase. Merrion is a great choice to watch sports. They have twenty beers on tap and run other food and drink specials during big events. The burgers are basic with lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion but they are tasty. Splurge on the waffle fries or sweet potato fries for $3.

Corner Bistro (331 West 4th Street) This hole in the wall serves up some of the juiciest burgers in the city. Absolutely no frills and they like it that way. I wouldn’t change a thing. The menu consists of burgers, grilled cheese and chili. Salad eaters need to move on. For $7 you get a burger cooked to order and served on a sesame seed bun. It is anything but ordinary. I usually get a second one for dessert. Beers starting at $3 complete the experience.

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Cool Ice Cream in NYC

7 Aug

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Best Ice Cream in NYC.

Nothing says Summer like ice cream. Truth be told my favorite surprise is turning the corner and seeing a Mister Softee truck. “I’ll have a twist with chocolate sprinkles” for $3 and the world is a better place. When I’m in the mood for hard ice cream, beyond turning to a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, there are a few places that win me over with original flavors and creative presentations. Ice cream gives New Yorkers everything they need in summer; it’s quick, cooling and affordable.

Chinatown Ice Cream Factory (65 Bayard Street) As you weave through the narrow streets of Chinatown you will soon come across a line of people on the sidewalk in front of the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. It is absolutely worth the wait. Chinatown offers regular flavors like coffee and vanilla, but the real stars are the exotic, homemade flavors. Stretch your taste buds with flavors of black sesame, red bean or lychee. They are outstanding and silky smooth. One scoop is $3.75 and two scoops $5.75.

Coolhaus (Various Locations) You have likely seen the truck roaming Manhattan. Feel free to chase it because these ice cream sandwiches are that good. You’ll also find Coolhaus at various stores including Whole Foods throughout the city. The combination of interesting ice cream flavors like beer & pretzels or balsamic fig & mascarpone will leave your tongue tingling. But wait! It gets better. Put your cream in between a potato chip & butterscotch or a maple flapjack cookie and call it a day. The possibilities are endless. Cookies are only $1 but add the cream for $5 sandwich heaven.

Emack & Bolio’s (3 NYC Locations) They have the most creative cones in the business. Try a marshmallow dipped cone with rice krispies or fruit loops ($3.00) to make your treat really crunchy and unique. They also make fun ice cream flavors like chuck o’ funk with oreos and chocolate covered pretzels and bananas foster with butter and dark rum. I love the Beantown buzz full of espresso beans. Small cones start at $4.75.

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Restaurant Deals and Bar Specials

31 Jul


Four years ago I started writing down some restaurant deals and bar specials in New York City so I could afford the dining scene. I’m out eight days a week. What started as just something for my friends and I to take advantage of turned into my book 365 Guide New York City. It has been great to see that New Yorkers and tourists like to save money too! There were no other guide books that were focused specifically on deals. I love Manhattan and always wanted others to be able to come here and enjoy every inch of the city. I hope I have boosted the economy and made your wallet and your stomach fuller. Thank you for all the great feedback. Here are a few reviews.


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Gourmet Business

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Best Wine Bars in NYC

24 Jul

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Best Wine Bars in NYC.

Wine bars have been popping up everywhere in New York City. Most are small and intimate with menus meant to share and experience the wine. I love to order tapas and enjoy a glass. Wine bars encourage conversation and relaxation which is why they are a popular choice for many diners. I like to learn a little something about a grape when I visit a wine bar. You can usually discover something you haven’t tasted before. I am doing wine research in Napa this week so I am sure I will find some new favorites! Most wine bars in NYC have a very knowledgeable staff to make your meal even more pleasant. These are a few fun places to swirl a glass.

Terrior If you would like a $2.50 glass of Sherry before 7pm, look no further. From 5pm-7pm daily Terrior offers a variety of wines under $7. Most of the specials almost double in price making this a great opportunity to try some new producers. The friendly staff is happy to answer any questions and you can order a 3 ounce pour at a discounted price to take some chances. The wine list is huge (400+) with mostly European and some California wines. The menu is tapas style with a small selection of meats (5 for $28) and cheeses (5 for $24).

Barcibo Enoteca Barcibo is a good choice for Italian food and a wine list to match.  I love the sweet sausages with broccoli rabe and gigante beans and the imported ricotta is heavenly. The servers are very helpful and are happy to help you pick a wine. They have forty wines by the glass and one hundred thirty by the bottle. The open kitchen adds to the rustic brick farmhouse vibe.

Corkbuzz Corkbuzz offers tons of classes, tastings and special events like clambakes and wine dinners. The clambake is $400 for 6 people and includes all food, wine and a tip. The Blind Tasting Party is $50 per person and includes 12 wines and snacks. They offer mostly European wines and a full menu of both small and large plates. I like to start with spiced almonds and cashews and marinated olives. From 5pm-6pm on Mondays and Fridays they offer blind tastings and flights of three for $15.


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