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28 Nov

Black Friday Books Sale

November 27th through November 30th save 50% on 365 Guide New York City with promo code HUGOHOLIDAY.

365 Guide is full of restaurant deals, bar specials and even free food in Manhattan. Give the gift of saving money in New York City this Holiday season.

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50% Off Books Black Friday Sale

27 Nov

Black Friday Sale Books

November 27th through November 30th save 50% on 365 Guide New York City with promo code HUGOHOLIDAY.

365 Guide is full of restaurant deals, bar specials and even free food in Manhattan. Give the gift of saving money in New York City this Holiday season.

Available in paperback and ebook

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Best Thanksgiving Restaurants in NYC

19 Nov
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Oceana, Credit: Paul Johnson

Best Thanksgiving Restaurants in New York City

The first year I went out to dinner on Thanksgiving was a little weird. My father was in a panic that there wouldn’t be any leftovers. But within an hour of sitting down to a delicious meal without chopping, roasting or mashing, we were all hooked. Let someone else do the cooking this year and just enjoy each other’s company. You can still order pumpkin pies to take home!

Oceana (120 West 49th Street) Oceana will dazzle your guests with an exquisite dining room and the “wow” factor. For $72 per person (12- 9 p.m.) feast on three courses of traditional favorites or go nuts with grilled swordfish, hangar steak and jumbo lump crab cake options. Children under twelve are half price. Monday through Saturday from 5-6:30 p.m. take advantage of their three-course prix-fixe dinner for $55 per person. The chocolate parfait is heavenly and the raw bar is top notch.

Jones Wood Foundry (401 East 76th Street) Don’t let the fact that they pour a perfect pint dissuade you from visiting Jones on Thanksgiving. I love the cozy booths, relaxed vibe and, of course, yummy food at this British eatery. For $65 per person ($35 for kids under eight) enjoy three courses that incorporates butternut squash ravioli and pumpkin pie (11 a.m-7 p.m.). Stop by from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday for $5 beer and wine and an $11 burger special. Their fries are delicious if you’re looking for a bar snack.

Abboccato (136 West 55th Street) For an Italian take on Thanksgiving try the four-course feast at Abboccato for $65 per person (3-9 p.m.). Selections include house made ricotta cavatelli and boneless turkey stuffed with onions and beef sausage. Monday through Saturday from 3-5 p.m. enjoy half price wine selections by both the glass and bottle and $5 beers. Also worth sampling are half price appetizers like Nonna’s meatballs and crispy calamari. Every day you can dine out with prix-fixe lunch ($28) and dinner ($39) menus. Add wine pairings for just $25.

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

Irish Pubs With a Side of Savings

13 Nov

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I don’t know about you but an Irish Pub always seems to hit the spot. If I am wavering on where to go, I usually wind up with a large order of mozzarella sticks or potato skins and a Guinness. The world just seems a bit happier at an Irish Pub.

Jameson’s (975 Second Avenue) The antique old-world pub atmosphere makes you feel like you’re in Ireland. The menu is always rea­sonable and includes Irish favorites and sports specials. Daily from 3-8 p.m. relax with $4 domestic beer and $5 imported beers and well drinks. You will want to chill at a table all night. Week­end brunch includes one free beverage. The brunch burger includes a fried egg and bacon ($12.95).

Keat’s (842 Second Avenue) Daily from 4-7 p.m. save with $3 drafts, $5 well and wine and $6 martinis and Cosmos. After 7 p.m. they offer additional daily specials as well as burger and beer deals. They are a mix of an Irish Pub and a rocking karaoke bar. Get ready to sing because the crowd will cheer you on. If singing makes you nervous, don’t be, Keat’s creates a laid back karaoke experience with no cover charge and no song fees.

Dempsey’s Pub (61 Second Avenue) Dempsey’s feels like an upscale Irish Pub with free traditional Irish music on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. The menu is casual and from 4-7 p.m. through the week enjoy drink discounts like $2 off drinks and $15 buckets (5) daily. Order the buffalo fries ($6) and be ready to share. It’s the kind of place where you can spend an af­ternoon in the blink of an eye. It’s spacious layout with plenty of TVs make it perfect for every sporting event. The sampler appetizer includes your pick of three appetizers for $17 if you come with a group.

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

Affordable Bars That Help Save Money For Christmas Gifts

9 Nov

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Now that I’m starting to see Christmas lights pop up, I’m reminded of all the shopping I need to do and the money I’ll spend during the Holiday season. Since staying in isn’t an option for me, I’m revisiting some wonderful bars that will actually keep my bar bill low. Go out tonight and still have money left over for that purse your mom has been talking about.

B Side (204 Avenue B) B Side always delivers $3–$4 beers. Believe it or not, from 3 p.m.–8 p.m. daily enjoy additional savings on select beers and half price well drinks. The front bar is small but there is a larger room in the back that has a foosball table.  It’s one of those places that is comfortable like your own living room and never seems to get overly crowded. Most patrons take advantage of the $5 PBR and whiskey deal. Why not?

International Bar (120 ½ First Avenue) Every day bask in the glory of $3-$4 beers and $4 well drinks. Small, cheap, dark and friendly. Enough said. International is a perfect hole in the wall bar for an af­fordable night of drinking, interesting conver­sation an eclectic crowd. As a bonus you can relax on the backyard patio until 10 p.m. daily. Leave your tie at home.

1020 Bar (1020 Amsterdam Avenue) For those of you that like bar games, look no further. 1020 offers cheap drinks, a pool table and a dart board. Columbia students flock here for daily deals like $2–$3 beers and $4-$5 well drinks. There are always affordable drinks on the menu and friendly bartenders. This is a no-frills cor­ner neighborhood bar with booth seating and awesome prices. They don’t serve food but you can order in making your evening even more budget friendly.

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

Haunted Halloween Bargains NYC

27 Oct
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Halloween in New York City

New York City is frightfully exciting on Halloween weekend with tons of costume parties, bar specials and, of course, The Village Parade. The big events like Webster Hell at Webster Hall are always popular but many bars offer more casual affordable choices. Whether you’re dressing up or not, try these bars for a low-cost ghostly time.

The Hill (416 Third Avenue) Don’t be terrified of $4-$5 drafts, $6 well drinks and $6 martinis served daily from 5-9 p.m. Every night of the week they offer additional specials like $.50 wings on Mondays and all night happy hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For Halloween weekend order $15 steak dishes extra bloody and murder those $15 pitchers and $7 Jameson and Fireball shots. They also offer a $30 bottomless brunch if the scary night people freak you out. The Hill is a good pick for large groups.

Murphy’s Tavern (6 Stone Street) Every day from 4-8 p.m. get spooked by $5 drafts, wine, sangria and well drinks. They also offer rotating deals throughout the week like $2 sliders on Thursdays and Fridays from 4 p.m.-12 a.m. and $.60 wings on Wednesdays all day. The sliders come in beef, turkey, chicken, steak and pulled pork. The wings are deliciously large and come in an array of flavors. I like the lemon pepper and rosemary garlic flavors.

The Slaughtered Lamb (182 West 4th Street) The name says it all. The Lamb is creepy 365 days a year. Don your favorite costume and take advantage of drink specials and contests Saturday night. From 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday take advantage of 2 for 1 well drinks, $4 beers and an $8 burger and beer special. The Slaughtered Lamb burger is topped with sauteed onions, mushrooms, smoked bacon and fresh mozzarella. The beer list includes 50+ choices with a nice selection from England, Ireland and Scotland.

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

Finding Your “Home Base” Bar in NYC

16 Oct
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St. Dymphna’s Bar

Sometimes I’m in the mood for dressing up and painting the town red, while other nights I crave a good drink at a welcoming bar. Finding your “home base” bar is as important as choosing the right school for your kids. All of my selections deliver perfect atmosphere and affordable pricing.

DTUT (1744 Second Avenue) Where else are you going to find $2 beer every day of the year? From 4-8 p.m. Monday through Friday they have additional specials like $4 beers and $5 wines. DTUT is a unique stop that doubles as a coffee shop during the day and a craft beer bar at night. The vibe is eclectic with vintage furniture, reclaimed wood and local artist displays. There are over 30 bottles on the beer menu in addition to cocktails. The best part? They serve s’mores, and chocolate and cheese fondues starting at $14.

Peculier Pub (145 Bleecker Street) There are always $5 draft selections at Peculier. Save $1 on those drafts and score $5 well drinks from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. This 30-year-old dive bar has spacious tables and an amazing beer list of 350 bottles and 27 drafts. I love that the menu is always reasonable with sandwiches starting at $6. On Thursday nights show your New York State student ID for discounted pricing all night long. The staff is notoriously friendly and the pub grub better than average. Get the appetizer sampler to taste three fried goodies for $8.

St. Dymphna’s Bar (118 St. Mark’s Place) Daily $5 beer deals are common at St. Dymphna’s, but stop by from 12-8 p.m. and you’ll save an additional dollar. Most entrées are under $13 and appetizers are just $8; try the truffled mac & cheese ($12) or the shepherd’s pie ($10). A full Irish breakfast ($12) is served every day until 5 p.m. The vibe is lively, yet homey and quirky at the same time. It’s the type of place where you can hang all day.

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

Great Bars For Football Viewing

7 Oct
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Nothing screams fall like the beginning of football season. Almost overnight we trade in our Speedos for boots and jerseys. Luckily it also means sports bars competing for customers which leads to savings for you and me. No matter what your team, take advantage of deals on game day. Sports bars generally are affordable places to take advantage of and football season is the best time of year for scoring big.

Standings Bar (43 East 7th Street) Eight large tv’s and free food makes Stadings a touchdown. They offer draft beer specials from 5-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and free Atomic Wings on Monday nights during Monday Night Football at 8:30 p.m.  Stop by every Friday for free pizza at 8 p.m. or grab a free bagel Sunday afternoons from September through January. If that’s not enough, you can order in food from nearby restaurants.

The Half Pint (76 West 3rd Street) Monday through Friday form 4- 6 p.m. save with $5 draft beers and well drinks. Rotating specials include half price bottles on Mondays and $25 for 5 cans on Tuesdays. For $18 enjoy bottomless brunch on weekends from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. while watching the early games. With hundreds of beers on the menu it’s easy to spend a day sampling. I like to build my own burger ( starting at $12).

McFadden’s (800 Second Avenue) There’s no penalty for offering rotating deals seven days a week. For Monday Night Football enjoy $3 drafts starting at 6 p.m. You’ll see a sea of orange on Sundays with Buffalo Bills fans clammering for their unlimited beer and wing specials starting at $30 for the entire game. Sundays they also offer $4 mixed drinks and $30 beer towers all night long. Thursday nights score $5 drink specials from 6-9 p.m. The mozzarella sticks and potato skins are worth the calories.

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

Wine Bars That Satisfy Your Craving

25 Sep
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Wine bars are the biggest trend in drinking right now. Besides discovering new varietals from around the world, there’s plenty of attention paid to the cuisine, too. Wine bars are perfect for date nights or just a classier (and quieter) place to hang out with a small group than a normal bar. I like to order a few appetizers, pause for a “wine course,” then order a second round of appetizers to end the evening.

Aroma Kitchen & Wine Bar (East 4th & Lafayette Street) You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a small Italian farmhouse at Aroma. Brick walls, wooden tables and candle light make the up a perfect setting for a romantic evening. From 5-6:30 p.m. daily, enjoy 1/2 off wine glasses and bottles. My favorite deal is the $15 flight of three wines and an appetizer. If you’re ordering a few dishes to share, try one of the homemade pastas like the ricotta cavatelli with with kale and shiitake mushrooms ($17).

8th Street Wine Cellar (28 West 8th Street) Be careful not to walk by this sleek wine bar, hidden below the sidewalk. I love the menu at 8th Street because it’s built for sharing and full of interesting combinations. Start with the mushroom or butternut squash brushetta (3 for $10 or 4 for $12) and then get the tuna sliders ($9). Daily from 4-7 p.m. take advantage of $6 glasses and $18 bottles. Order a cheese plate with an $18 bottle of wine and settle in for a beautiful evening.

Terroir Tribeca (24 Harrison Street) Don’t let the massive wine line list scare you. Terroir makes trying a new varietal fun. The mostly European list is easily explained by the helpful and knowledgeable staff. From 4-6 p.m. every day sample sherry starting at $4, $5 beers and $8 wines. $5 bar snacks include “fried stuff” and brushetta that changes daily. During the week they also offer $1 oysters. I like to order small plates like smokey almonds and gorgonzola risotto balls while trying different grapes.

Bin 71 (237 Columbus Avenue) Always order the homemade pastas at Bin. The pasta melts in your mouth like butter. Bin 71 is the quintessential tiny European style wine bar. It’s small and intimate with bar seating. The staff can answer any question and help guide you to the perfect glass. In nice weather, they open onto the street with additional outdoor tables.

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

Best Rock-n-Roll Bars In NYC

17 Sep
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The Black Rose by: Michael Tulipan

Best Rock-n-Roll Bars in NYC.

Discovering great music is synonymous with living in New York City. Tunes supply the heartbeat and add to the energy of our city. While five-star dining and jazz trios have their place, good old rock-n-roll bars are always a tremendous time. Grab that vintage CBGB shirt and visit these bars for a bit of nostalgia and some head banging.

The Black Rose (117 Avenue A) If you’re looking for the East Village cool factor at an old-time rock ‘n’ roll bar, this new spot has the vibe without the grunge. From 5 p.m.-close Monday and Tuesday and 5-8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, take advantage of $4 beer, wine and well drinks. Specialty cocktails rotate for $9, like the Purple Haze loaded with rum, blackberry and Champagne. They spin old vinyl, book DJs and offer live music covering all genres (Disco Fridays!) You can feel the spirit of Jim Morrison in the back room.

Manitoba’s (99 Avenue B) Manitoba’s is a unique throwback to ‘70s punk. The walls are covered in signed photos and memorabilia from the owner, Richard Manitoba of The Dictators. Sunday through Thursday from 3-8 p.m., beer and well drinks are two-for-one. The jukebox plays rare tunes, and sometimes they’ll extend drink specials to keep the party going. You can play air hockey downstairs in the small room or just hang at the bar and let the night unfold.

American Trash (1471 First Avenue) This gem is a hybrid dive bar, music venue and sports bar. The jukebox plays classic rock, and they host live bands every Saturday with no cover charge. Daily from 2-8 p.m. save $1 off all drinks. Every day of the week you’ll find additional specials like 50-cent wings on Mondays and $4 shots on Fridays. Be careful, this place is addictive with very friendly bartenders and affordable drinks.

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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