CHEAP EATS

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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.

FIRST COURSE Soup Dumplings
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.

FIRST COURSE Ken & Cook dining room
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.

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Japadog

When Canada’s favorite street hot dogs crashed the East Village, nobody looked at hot dogs the same way again. Helmed by Japanese native Noriki Tamura, Japadog is a little shop on St. Marks Place that serves an eclectic array of Japanese snacks. Japadog takes the typical American fast food like fries and hot dogs on a non-quintessential spin, blowing minds away with crazy flavors and combinations that exceed your wildest imaginations.

Let's be frank. We love this place because everything on the menu screams adventure — from the butter and shoyu (soy sauce) fries to the three-scoop ice cream sandwich. The latter is known as the Ice Age and contains three scoops of flavored ice cream sandwiched between deep fried buns. We’re talking cool flavors like black sesame, mango and green tea, among the classic vanilla and strawberry.

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The First Burrito Vending Machines Arrive in Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, the first ever burrito vending machine was installed in a local convenience store on Santa Monica Blvd. The company, unsurprisingly called Burritobox,offers five different 100% natural burrito types, including flavors like chorizo sausage, egg, and cheese, and free-range chicken, bean, and cheese. You can add condiments like guacamole, sour cream, and Tabasco sauce for an additional price, but the burrito by itself costs just $3. After you use the touch-screen interface and pay for your food, a nice music video plays while your snack heats up.