CHEAP-EATS

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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.

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Celebrate Mira Chef Brian Tsao's Upcoming Appearance on Beat Bobby Flay at Mira Sushi & Izakaya!

If you’re a fan of food porn and cooking TV, you’ve probably already heard of Beat Bobby Flay. For the uninitiated, BBF is Flay’s most recent foray into food TV, where chefs compete to battle him in the kitchen and put their dish up against his before a panel of judges. Pretty cool, right? But even better is the fact that NYC foodies will soon have a chance to see if one of our own kicks Bobby Flay’s but. Chef Brian Tsao (of Mira Sushi and Izakaya) will appear on the episode “Old Dog, New Tricks”, which will air on the Food Network at 10PM on Thursday, March 13th. Chef Tsao is a an up-and-coming chef to watch who graduated culinary school in 2010 and has worked at Telepan and Liang’s Kitchen in NYC.

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Event Preview: Winter Happy Hour at Dirty Martini

Joonbug is proud to be the bearer of awesome news: Dirty Martini; a premiere restaurant, bar, and lounge in the DC area; is bringing us a Winter Happy Hour. Every day, Monday through Saturday, the eatery will offer up $3 Blue Moon, $4 appetizers, and $5 hot cocktails, house liquor drinks, and house wine. Enjoy these unbeatable deals from 4pm-7pm at this chic hot spot in the Dupont Circle Area.

Dirty Martini is a warm, classy yet casual restaurant. They feature specialty cocktails like My Bitter Sweet Mr. Darcy (Early Grey infused sweet vermouth, hibiscus gum, Velvet Falernum liquer, lime juice, and Old Fashioned Bitters) and their politican-inspired drinks such as the Obama (Stoli Chocolat Razberi, lemon juice, Blue Caracao, and egg white).

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Love Miso? You'll love Ramen Misoya

As full-time ramen connoisseurs, we make it our mission to discover the best—and only the best—ramen places in the city. The East Village is heaven for authentic ramen and now Ramen Misoya is carving a name for itself right around the bend in St. Marks Place.

With the big ramen guns making headlines like Ippudo, Totto Ramen and Terakawa, it's undeniable that all these places are exceptionally good and yes, rivalry still runs strong in the New York ramen scene. But what sets these places apart from each other are the broths and noodles. Ramen Misoya focuses on three types of miso for its broths: kome, mame and shiro. Known as the standard miso, the kome is made of rice and is rather rich in flavor and aroma. The mame miso is dark-colored and produced from beans, infused with distinct sweetness and contains the richest texture among the three. Finally, the shiro miso is a light-colored miso that is slightly less intense than the kome.

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Fútbol Happy Hour at Tablao!

Any futbol enthusiast will tell you that it is pertinent for delicious foods to accompany any match watching swaray, and the Spaniards know that the sport goes especially well with some Tapas and drinks of course.

Tablao, located at 361 Greenwich Street, is offering the perfect happy hour special on February 25 and 26th, in honor of the UEFA Champions League Futbol matches--one of Europe's most prestigious tournaments. Watch the game from one of their two big screen TVs as you indulge in a few of thier happy hour specials, which include a tasty array of tapas and drinks. See the full happy hour menu below!

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Stumbling To The Stumble Inn

Let’s be honest, New York City is not at all a “cheap” place to dine, let alone go out for drinks. Sometimes, the price of two drinks can cost even more than your meal, and that’s not at all worth it. Luckily, if you’re willing to venture to the Upper East Side, you’ll find the perfect spot with drink specials galore to help soothe your aching wallet.

The Stumble Inn, located at 1454 2nd Ave., is ready and waiting with a drink menu containing beverage deals which change on a daily basis. Not only that, but you can throw in a couple of big TVs which are always playing that day’s sporting event, stuffed hamburgers and much more on their menu, and, wait for it… a beer pong table. Did we mention that Happy Hour runs from 11:30AM-7:00PM every single day? That’s right, every day except Sunday, in which it’s restricted to only beer, you can come in for Happy Hour and receive any drink for half the price.