Y’all know I can’t get enough of NYC, and now that I identify as a former New Yorker, I get my info on new & delicious hotspots from Monica DiNatale, the author of 365 Guide New York City, a guide book specifically focused on restaurant deals and bar specials in NYC. She’s popping by AngieAway to share tips on where to eat and what to see in the Big Apple this summer. Take it away, Monica! –AA
I eat out eight days a week. The food in New York City is so tasty and plentiful that I just can’t seem to stay home. Let’s face it, NYC can be overwhelming unless you know where to go. My passion for dining out and saving money led me to write 365 Guide New York City. It includes 365 restaurant deals and bar specials in Manhattan plus all my best insider advice. The next time you visit, give these places a whirl.
North River is 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 forty five minute cruises six times a day on weekends and four times Monday through Thursday. At $29, the lobster dinner served with potatoes and a vegetable is outstanding. 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 for free. Pier 81 at West 41st Street
Pier I Cafe
Wrought iron tables and colorful umbrellas make this open-air restaurant along the Hudson River a gem, especially as the sun goes down. Pier I offers an impressive array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrees including grilled fish and skirt steak. The burgers and Cajun fries ($12) alone are worth the visit. Try the red or white sangria by the glass or pitcher, or a craft beer from the full bar. They are kid and dog friendly. Located in Riverside Park, plan on taking a long walk or bike ride and then have lunch or dinner at Pier I. 500 West 70th Street and Riverside Park South
From 4-6:30 p.m. through the week, enjoy $5 beers including cask selections, $7 wines and $9 cocktails like fig juleps or jalapeno margaritas. On Monday nights make a reservation for movie night. With the purchase of a wine bottle, cheese plate and Mediterranean spreads appetizers, you’ll enjoy classic films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The courtyard is 2,000 square feet and has a retractable roof in bad weather. The menu is Greek and the feta burger with fries ($17) is enormous and deliciously stacked with feta and greens. It’s right off The High Line Park so plan to make this stop after a lovely walk through the elevated gardens. 315 Tenth Avenue
I am an ice cream addict. As you weave through the narrow streets of Chinatown, you will soon come across a line of people in front of the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. It is absolutely worth the wait. Chinatown offers both regular flavors like coffee and vanilla for the die-hards but the real stars are the exotic creations. Stretch your taste buds with flavors of black sesame, red bean and lychee. They are positively outstanding and silky smooth. One scoop is $3.75 and two scoops $5.75. 65 Bayard Street
Need a seafood fix? The mussels here are in a whole different category. They offer 20 different sauces that are steamed and sautéed to perfection. From 5:30pm-7pm daily at the bar and counter order the $25 special of two pots of mussels (3 different flavors), fries and one glass of beer or wine. It’s a nice way to sample the classic sauces. I have converted several people who told me they don’t like mussels by bringing them to Flex.
Monica DiNatale is a Deals Expert and Author of 365 Guide New York City, the only guide book full of restaurant deals and bar specials in NYC. Monica has been featured as the Dining Expert for PIX 11 and Good Day New York. 365 Guide New York City is available on Amazon in paperback and e-book.