CHEAP EATS

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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.

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Winter Restaurant Week 2014: Where to Eat

It's almost Restaurant Week again! (How did that happen?) With a huge list of amazing venues in this even huger city, we've got to nose out the best options for one of the greatest culinary occasions of the year. With $25 lunches and $38 dinners, here's a list of ten awesome deals you do not want to miss.

A Voce

This is one of our favorite Italian hot spots in the city. With a delectable prix fixe menu including dishes like the Vitello antipasti with warm carpaccio veal, avocado, salsa verde, and chips di patate; the Orata secondi with grilled dorade, black kale and tomato guazzetto, and lemon zest; and a Blood Orange Cheese Cake for dessert, lunch at A Voce will be unforgettable.

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"The Place" to Be

The votes are in on The Place and here is the rundown



SCENE : the bar is mostly occupied by college students and those from the younger side of the 20s spectrum, kicking back after a long day at the financial district. It's the perfect place to catch the game or as the night hits around 10pm hit the dancefloor and party the night away. If you like the atmosphere at a dive bar, this is a great scene.

MUSIC: During the day you can nod along to your fave classic rock songs, and then after 10pm you can yell requests at the DJ. The dancefloor is a little on the small side, however. The DJ spins Top 40, club mash-ups, and R&B hits after 10pm. PLUS all the flatscreens to catch sports! We also love the ineveitable seasonal theme nights on Wednesdays ! The bartenders get super festive!

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NYFW Lincoln Square's Fashion Plate Prix Fixe


Fashionistas, designers, photographers, models and more are flocking to Manhattan for the chicest event in America: New York Fashion Week. As per tradition, a Fashion Plate Prix Fixe (which is open to everyone), will ensure nary a stylish body will go hungry.

Starting Thursday, February 6, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Square will showcase designer big wigs like Diane von Furstenberg and Michael Kors' new collections. Meanwhile peckish guests can enjoy sumptuous meals from 28 different participating restaurants at an unbeatable deal. On the list are culinary hot spots like A Voce, Arpeggio Food & Wine, Le Boite en Bois, and 'wichcraft. Most eateries are providing a two or three course meal for around $30, while others are also offering signature cocktails or aperatifs in honor of the special occasion.

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Stadium Sports Bar and Grill Offers Daily Deals

Stadium Sports Bar and Grill seems to want you to keep your money! They not only offer special deals for each day of the week, but they also include half-price appetizers Monday through Friday.

Between the hours of 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., you can get any of their starters like the Grand Slam Nachos, or Fried Calamari. This weekday deal also includes their Chicken Wings, which you can get tossed in any of their seven sauces like classic buffalo, garlic parmesan, homemade razz habanera, or Korean BBQ.

As for The Stadium's food specials, what you get depends on what day of the week it is. For example, on "Taco Tuesday" you can get three tacos for $3. On Saturdays, you can get a steak tip dinner with vegetables and rice for $8.95. Our personal favorites are Wednesdays, where you can get any of their ten burger types for half the price. The varied selection includes pretty much anything you'd want to put on a sandwich, like the Grand Slam Burger with BBQ sauce, ham, sausage, bacon, fries, onion strings, and cheese. We also love the idea of the Pizza Burger, where two junk foods come together on one plate. We better tell our cholesterol to watch out!

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The Food Truck is Here!


In the City of New York one must navigate the streets with precision. New Yorker's are always in a hurry-- walking a mile a minute and not stopping for a second. However, at the time between 12 -2pm office workers, students and alike search for the best places to grab a tasty lunch. Food trucks have become a popular and cheap way of doing just that. I will present to you just a few of the best food trucks out there and they are as diverse in cuisine as ever.

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The Grey Dog

Craving good food and coffee that won’t cost you a bomb? The Grey Dog is just the place you’re looking for. Located on 90 University Place, this is your friendly neighborhood coffee shop — the wooden sign greets you in swirly black font and paw prints, and the interior is a rustic barn-like setting, complete with wooden furniture and pretty golden light bulbs strung across the ceiling.

The Grey Dog was the brainchild of brothers David Ethan and Peter Adrian, who created the space in 1996. Interesting fact: the name was inspired by the owners’ two Labrador retrievers that were white and black (Moose and Goose). It offers a slice of small-town comfort in the big city, bringing back memories of childhood and college days. It’s a haven for comfort and coziness — and if those dreamy light bulbs don’t make you feel at home, the fireplace will.

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Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao


When you step off the 7 train on Main Street in Flushing, Queens, you are enveloped in a cloud of confusion. The following questions may pop into your mind, flowing seamlessly from one to the next:

Is this a dream? Am I still in New York? Did I actually get on a plane, not a train, and fly to Beijing, not Queens? Why am unable to read any signs, or understand the language(s) being spoken around me? WHAT is going on?

If you are a native New Yorker new to Flushing, you may be wondering how you could possibly have lived here your whole life and not known this place existed. Sure, you’ve seen the way a large bloc of immigrants can affect a neighborhood. You’ve seen signs in Russian out near Coney Island, Spanish words everywhere in East Harlem and the South Bronx, and lots of restaurants ending in “Taverna” in Astoria. But Flushing takes on a whole new dimension of New York’s interpretation of the American melting pot.

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Zhà Pan Asian Streetfood Pop-Up

Who doesn't love street food? First Course's own contributing writer Steve Luw, and his corporate-turned-culinary buddy Heezy, have joined forces to bring us Zhà-Mē, Asian Fried Rice Balls to-go. Their creations are set to appear at a Pop-Up this Thursday, between 8pm and midnight (or until food runs out) at Zucker Bakery.

Their menu boasts traditional Asian cuisine in an innovative on-the-go format. Based on Lo Mài Gài a chicken-stuffed sticky rice dish made popular by dim sum restaurants, Zhà-Mē is a fried original, with a crispy outside and tasty fillings like Bulgogi, a type of Korean BBQ beef, or Char-Siu, a Chinese roasted pork. They also offer smaller rice balls, like K-Poppers, filled with Kim-Chi fried rice, eggs, scallions, bacon, and carrots. Try pairing any of those bad boys with a side of Asian Slaw or Asian Fries for anything but your run-of-the-mill dinner.

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New Ken & Cook Special: $30 Brunch With Bottomless Drinks!

At Ken & Cook, located at 19 Kenmare St in Downtown NYC, you will find one of the best brunches money can buy!

We had the chance to chow down at Ken & Cook this weekend for their budget friendly $30 brunch special that includs any main entree with bottomless mimosas, bellinis or bloody marys. Trust us--when we say bottomless drinks, we're not joking; as soon as we finished with one drink our waiter was already at our table with another! This made for the perfect boozy brunch deal.

The inside of Ken & Cook exudes a vintage character with its oldschool brass silverware and wood flooring, but the space also has downtown appeal with its huge wall of alcohol behind the bar and DJ booth. Ken & Cook is the perfect New York City spot that combines the history of its location in Little Italy with its modern cuisine that is comforting and tasty.