CHEAP-EATS

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Weekend Pick: No Middle Ground Tasting

There’s nothing we love to drink more than beer – except, maybe, coffee. Now what if those two could be united in some single, flawless beverage? Well, All About Beer Magazine, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., and Counter Culture Coffee have worked together to make that dream a reality. This new beer, called No Middle Ground, has infused Counter Culture’s incredible coffee into an experimental IPA to create an amazing concoction like nothing you’ve ever tried before.

You can try out this limited edition beer completely free at a tasting this Friday. For two hours you can sip the unusual brew as well as sample hot and iced Counter Culture Coffee and light snacks. Attendees will also get a free trial of All About Beer Magazine, whose 35th anniversary is coming up soon this year.

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Weekend Pick: Big Apple BBQ Block Party At Madison Square Park

The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party is one of the country's premiere festivals, attracting people from near and far to celebrate authentically American culinary and music traditions in Madison Square Park every June, and it's finally here!

Headlined by a swarm musical guests, including Austin, Texas soul and rock group The Roosevelts, Brooklyn-based pop punk band Black Taxi, and Rock Island, Illinois American folk artist Lissie, this block party will have every corner of the American food and music scene covered. With seventeen pitmasters representing states from North Carolina to Texas and back, there is sure to be something for you at this BBQ. The best thing about this Big Apple event? It's free for the entire weekend! That means anyone can come and enjoy all of the award-winning, Southern-inspired BBQ eats they want.

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Weekend Pick: #BrunchNBeats At The Hudson Hotel

Intermixx Marketing Group is inviting you to the party of the summer, the Grand Opening of their new summer series!

Intermixx is a NYC based marketing group, full service lifestyle brand, and public relations agency. The business, which came into existence in 2012, works with clients on both national and global campaigns. Over the short span of two years, Intermixx has earned a great reputation for helping their clients communicate clearly, strategically, and creatively. With a proven track record of success, and a commitment to excellence, the agency is confident that their clients are definitely in good hands.

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French Import by Suzette Debuts in Tribeca

Everyone knows that crepes are good as any meal throughout the day and now New Yorkers will have a chance to experience just that straight from Brittany, France!

French restaurateurs, Andy Rodrigues and Guillaume Blanchard, have opened a brand new creperie in Tribeca. by Suzette, as it is known is an extension of their concept in Tregueux, and will offer quick, delicious, and most importantly cheap food for all guests.

Their classic crepes and gluten-free galettes are made from imported French wheat and buckwheat flour and will ONLY cost you $3-$7 per crepe depending on your order. by Suzette’s menu will include a variety of options including Classic Crepes such as: La Normande (made with imported caramel au beurre sale); La Bonne Maman (filled with Strawberry or Apricot preserves); La Galette de la Mer (smoked salmon, crème fraiche, and egg); La Beurre Sucre (butter and sugar); or the chocolate-almond L-Amande. Even the La Galette de la Mer which includes salmon is only $7, so you can imagine the menu is super reasonable.

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Weekend Pick: Pop Up Food Court at The Dreaming Building

There really isn’t anything better than food—that is with the exception of free food, of course. American Dreaming Magazine will host a pop up food court on Saturday, April 26th where you will have a chance to sample some of the best local foods from various chefs and food vendors. American Dreaming Magazine is a quarterly print publication that focuses on young entrepreneurs, hoping to create cultural leaders in the world. The Dreaming Building in Philadelphia was more than likely picked, because it is a local workplace for young aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Bringing Italy to New York City: Da Marcella Taverna

“Why did you choose to include this on your menu?”

“...because I like it!”

This simple conversation with Alessandro Bandini, wine director at Da Marcella Taverna (142 W. Houston Street), encompasses the intimate style and atmosphere of this restaurant more than any lengthy description could. By dining at this establishment, one is able to step away from the constant rush of New York City to find him- or herself transported to a comfortable, relaxed setting where the goal is to offer a quality meal to be savored and enjoyed. Removing the aspect of fine or, dare we say, pretentious dining, there are no egos to be found. Here, all guests become family.

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The Writing Room Doubles its Happy Hour

Replacing the legendary celeb hangout Elaine’s, The Writing Room has had a lot to prove in its short life. It’s a testament to how stellar the new restaurant is, from its intimate décor to its hearty modern American menu, that it has already won a following from Elaine’s old fan club.

Now the Writing Room will double their goodwill as they double their happy hour.

For Spring, the Writing Room is opening its doors at 4pm, and will offer a 20% off happy hour from 4-6pm and after 10pm from Monday to Saturday. From 4-5pm there will be a limited menu, but for all other hours the full menu has 20% knocked off.

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Virgola NYC is Offering $1 Oysters All Month Long

Like Oysters? Like not spending a lot of money?

Good news: Virgola, the oyster and Italian wine bar located in the West Village, will be offering delicious oysters all month long for the price of a candy bar at the dollar store. What could possibly be better than that?

The oyster selection will change everyday, but the price tag on will remain the same, just like your constant, hopeless love.

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Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequileria Launches Maya’s Weekend Reverse Happy Hour

Sometimes, things are just better in reverse; rock climbing isn't one of them. Happy hour, however, just might be.

Still with us? Good.

Starting this Friday, and in celebration of Mexican culinary heritage (and the weekend) Maya Modern Kitchen and Tequileria is launching Maya’s Weekend Reverse Happy Hour. Because why should the early bird always catch the worm?

Now you can start and/or end your weekend nights in hot bargain fashion with stellar specials running form 10pm to midnight every Friday and Saturday. Such specials include $6 handcrafted margaritas, wines, sangria and select cocktails, as well as $4 Mexican beers. These are all complemented by a tantalizing selection of tacos, nachos, quesadillas and Mexican bites for just $4 each.

Life is never a one way street--why should happy hour be?

When: Fridays and Saturdays, 10pm-12am

Where: Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequileria, 1191 First Ave., New York, NY

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Green Curry Chicken at Amaze

Amaze prides itself on delectable Asian fusion food and wallet-friendly prices, with a menu that bursts at the seams with cultural cuisine from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Japan. Its interior verges on elegant minimalism — black tables and chairs are backed by bare brick walls and illuminated by wall lamps.

This restaurant offers a great deal for lunch on weekdays: only $10 for a choice of entrée, appetizer and sake or wine! Fans of green curry chicken will love this place. At Amaze, the green curry chicken is served in all its steaming glory — a fresh and colorful medley of vegetables is drenched in coconut-infused green curry among tender slivers of chicken and served with a small bowl of white rice. The meat is simmered in the milky curry and tastes just as flavorful as it looks.