Monica DiNatale

Christmas Eve feasts on a budget

Instead of spending Christmas Eve chopping and basting, enjoy perfectly prix-fixed menus sure to make the whole family happy.Atlantic Grill 1341 Third Ave., UES; 49 W. 64th St., UWSFor the seafood-loving family, the $59 three-course prix-fixe menu is full of favorites including the Feast of the...

Monday, December 21, 2015 - 6:23pm

These historic NYC bars still have plenty to offer

I love when you can tell by the sign of a bar or restaurant that it’s been around forever. The mark of quality in this town isn’t always Michelin stars, but longevity. With high rise apartments sprouting from up in every neighborhood, it’s easy to forget that New York City is so rich with history,...

Monday, December 7, 2015 - 4:30pm

Grab a last-minute (but still memorable) Thanksgiving feast

The first year I went out to dinner on Thanksgiving was a little weird. My father was in a panic that there wouldn't be any leftovers. But within an hour of sitting down to a delicious meal without chopping, roasting or mashing, we were all hooked. Let someone else do the cooking this year and just...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 6:36am

For a good time, head to Second Avenue's Irish pubs

If I am wavering on where to go, I usually wind up with a large order of mozzarella sticks or potato skins and a pint of Guinness. The world just seems a bit happier at an Irish pub.Jameson’s975 Second Ave.The antique old-world pub atmosphere is reminiscent of Ireland. The menu is always reasonable...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 6:19am

These upscale bars don't need to offer deals, but they do

If you’re looking for a new pub to explore this weekend, give these places a try. They all offer delightful grub and savings to make the night even sweeter.The Hill416 Third Ave., Midtown EastDaily from 5-9 p.m., The Hill serves $4-$5 drafts, $6 well drinks and $6 martinis. Every night of the week...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 - 5:14pm

The cheapest bars to keep you solvent during the holidays

With Christmas lights already popping up, I'm reminded of all the shopping I need to do and the money I'll spend during the holiday season. Since staying in isn't an option for me, I'm revisiting some wonderful bars that will actually keep my tab low. Go out tonight and still have money left over...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 5:45pm

Find your own 'Cheers' at these cozy NYC bars

Sometimes I'm in the mood for dressing up and painting the town red, while other nights I crave a good drink at a welcoming bar. Finding your "home base" bar is as important as choosing the right school for your kids. All of my selections deliver perfect atmosphere and affordable prices.DTUT 1744...

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 2:37pm

Spend the football season at these NYC sports bars

Fall doesn’t really begin until football season does. Almost overnight, we trade in our swimsuits for jerseys. Luckily, it also means sports bars competing for customers and saving us all money. No matter what team you’re cheering for, take advantage of deals on game day.Standings Bar 43 E. Seventh...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 5:55am

Take your low-key night to a wine bar

Wine bars are the biggest trend in drinking right now. Besides discovering new varietals from around the world, there’s plenty of attention paid to the cuisine, too. Wine bars are perfect for date nights or just a classier (and quieter) place to hang out with a small group than a normal bar. I like...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 6:00am

Try these casual favorites for fall dining in NYC

Don’t let the end of summer get you down! The weather is beautiful and the deals plentiful this fall. The best way to embrace new seasons is with new restaurant discoveries. I hope my selections this week make you happy and full.Route 66 Smokehouse 46 Stone St., Financial DistrictIf you need your...

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 5:04am

Get into the groove of these laid-back NYC lounges

I always enjoy visiting a lounge for a more intimate bar experience. The comfy chairs, rich colors and dim lighting are instantly inviting. The next time you need to chill out, try these lounges.Moca Bar & Lounge2210 Frederick Douglass Blvd., HarlemIf I designed a bar in my home, I would use...

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 6:38pm

3 last-minute picks for the end of NYC Restaurant Week

As a deals expert, I absolutely love when NYC Restaurant Week comes around. I always discover a new haunt that offers tasty deals beyond these few special weeks. This summer’s round of three-course lunches ($28) and dinners ($35) is winding down on Aug. 14. Take advantage of these five-star deals...

Monday, August 3, 2015 - 1:00pm

Drink specials that don't stop when the weekend arrives

Finding bar deals in Manhattan can be a frustrating venture, especially on weekends. But there are gems out there seven days a week for the budget-minded. This weekend, explore a few of these bars and go home with money in your pocket.Fontana's Bar 105 Eldridge St.From 2-8 p.m. every day, enjoy $3...

Friday, June 26, 2015 - 11:30pm

Get fired up about barbecue in Harlem

After sending you to South Street Seaport last weekend, I decided to revisit some of my favorite barbecue joints in Harlem. Since few of us have grills in the city, I usually go out to get my barbecue fix. These venues will remind you of grilling in the ‘burbs, with less cleanup.Harlem Bar-B-Q 2367...

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 3:30pm

Where to eat at South Street Seaport

When summer arrives and everything slows down enough to take in the sights while idly browsing for where to eat, I often find myself visiting South Street Seaport. I feel like I'm in a beach town, except the food is better — especially with the reopening ofSeaportSmorgasburg. Find your way to the...

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 6:00am

A great meal with a view to match

Everything in Manhattan is about location, location, location. But without a great view, it's just not as exciting to me. My picks this week provide great views with food and drinks to match, all offering specials to make the view even sweeter.Cantina Rooftop 605 W. 48th St. Once the elevator doors...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 6:16pm

French food that won't take all your hard-earned cheese

French restaurants have a reputation for great food, rich sauces — and pricey menus. But these bistros deliver delicious cuisine without leaving you eating baguettes and butter for the rest of the month. So next time you’re craving something à la française, leave the high prices overseas and head...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 5:15am

Have an upscale Mother's Day meal at a rent-friendly price

I like to treat my mom to a stress-free meal on Mother's Day. Brunch is a great choice and often includes free drinks to keep your wallet full. I chose three different types of cuisine to help you pick a place to suit your mom. If you don't mention that you got a deal, she'll never know!Davio'sDoes...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 8:40am

3 Mexican restaurants offering great deals anytime

Get ready for Cinco de Mayo by booking your spot at these Mexican restaurants with sweet deals to make your celebration even happier. Enjoying a margarita in nice weather just seems to make the world a better place.Arriba ArribaI like that you can order three different sized margaritas when you...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 5:56pm

Great cheap eats to pair with live music

Now that we’ve shed our winter coats and replaced it all with Lilly Pulitzer’s Target collection, spend this weekend discovering some local music ahead of festival season. We found some great small venues that also have deals on drinks and food. Prohibition You’ll find tremendous live music seven...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 8:42am