CHEAP EATS

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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.

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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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