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 District
If you need your barbecue fix this weekend, visit Stone Street for quaint cobblestone seating and delicious grilled delicacies. If you're not a meat lover, try the fried oyster po' boy sandwich with sweet potato fries. Save with $5 drafts, $7 well drinks and $6 wines Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m. During weekend brunch order the unlimited Bloody Mary, mimosa or Route 66 pilsner for $20 for two hours.
1678 Third Ave., Yorkville
For raw bar fans, stop by the Barking Dog from 3-7 p.m. during the week and belly up to the bar for $5 beer and wine, $7 frozen margaritas and $1 blue point oysters. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with omelets starting at $8. The menu offers the best comfort food like $9 burgers and five-cheese macaroni for $15. And yes, as their name implies, the restaurant is very dog friendly.
The Mermaid Inn
Upper West Side & East Village
Keep that beachy vibe alive by visiting The Mermaid Inn this weekend. It is one of my favorite stops for seafood because from 5-7 p.m. every day they offer $1 oysters and clams at the bar. A few of their appetizers are also discounted, like mini fish tacos ($3) and a grilled shrimp and avocado slider ($7.50). Draft beers are $5, wines $7 and specialty cocktails $8.
Monica DiNatale is a Deals Expert and Author of 365 Guide New York City, a treasure trove of restaurant deals and bar specials in New York. Monica has been featured as the Dining Expert for PIX 11and Good Day New York and has hosted segments for The New York Chocolate Show and The New York City Craft Beer Week Festivals. “365 Guide New York City” is available in paperback and e-book.