7 of the Best Happy Hour Spots in NYC

Oh boy do New Yorkers love their “happy hours.” It’s that delightful window of time before dinner when many bars and restaurants drop their prices on wine, beer and cocktails in an attempt to lure in the post-work crowds. And IT WORKS. You would be surprised the things some New Yorkers will do to save a buck or two. But we have every right to do so. It’s stupid expensive to live here.

With that being said, here is a list of happy hour spots you need to try after work this week…

1. Cooper’s Craft and Kitchen – Weekdays 4–7pm 

This spot offers $5 select drafts (from IPAs to stouts to ciders), and foodgasmic specials like $1 fish tacos on Mondays and $12 burger-and-beer on Tuesdays. There are also $7 house-liquor mixed drinks and $7 select wine (including a rosé).

2. El Cantinero Mexican Cantina, Greenwich Village

GET YOUR FAT PANTS READY. Mexican food is all you can eat for $11.95 on Mondays and Thursdays. After you’ve eaten away your dignity, head to the second floor where drinks are just $4 during the all-night happy hours. Friday and Saturday happy hour starts at 5 p.m.

3. Jeremy’s Ale House, Financial District

Trying to channel you inner frat boy? Well then this dive bar is the place for you. Starting at 8am, yes that’s 8am, 32-ounce styrofoam cups of Bud go for $1.75.

4. Niagara, Lower East Side

Typically heavy-handed on the tequila, topped with extra cherries, or hung with plastic monkey drink decorations, their frozen margs will get you #messy. Everyday until 8pm, draft beer and wine go for $4 and well liquor and frozen drinks go for $5 a pop. Perfect for a brunch pre-game or your next regret-filled night out.

5. Turtle Bay, Midtown East

I LOVE THIS PLACE. They offer drink specials every single day of the week all of which run until 8pm. Tuesdays are $2 PBR, $1 beers on Wednesdays & $20-$25 open bar on Thursdays. Plus, they have dope music & a ninja turtle that walks around to pump up the party.

6. The Stumble Inn, Upper East Side

Stumble on in to The Stumble Inn in the UES and grab a beer or 10 for $2.50 each from 11:30am-7pm (every day except Sunday when they start at 12pm).

7. Mezetto, Lower East Side

UGH. This spot offers a week-long bottomless brunch deal that runs from 10am-4pm. You’re allotted a 1.5 hr block to chug as many mimosas & bellinis until you can no longer stand. Also, this joint offers bottomless sangria with dinner Sunday through Thursday, should you have the urge to return (which I’m sure you will).

Let me know your favorite happy hour spots below!

Happy Chugging.

Xo, Broke & Bothered.

 

 

10 Things Most New Yorkers Do. Do You?

There are regular people and then there are New Yorkers. You won’t realize you turned into one until your on your way to work in the morning and realize how short-tempered you are after flipping off the cab driver that almost hit you and contemplating throwing herself in front of one to get out of work that day…Or is that just me? Well, these are 10 things MOST New Yorkers do & how we act, or OVERreact. Because we can.

  1. Asking our friends how much they pay for rent

2. Waiting on line to binge on bagels after a night of excessive drinking

3. Cursing, like A LOT.

4. Having a very versatile wardrobe of every shade of black

5. Complaining about spending money but going out anyway

6. Instagramming every rooftop view because obviously everyone wishes they were us

7. Talking about how we can’t wait for winter during the summer

8. And then complaining how we wish it was summer

9. Blaming our lateness on public transportation even though we really just couldn’t pick out an outfit and wanted to get Starbucks before work.

10. Avoiding eye contact at all times

Overall, we’re the sweetest b*tches you’ll ever meet. Just follow the proper New Yorker etiquette and there’s a 99.9% chance we’ll spare you any eye rolls.

Good luck!

Xo, Broke & Bothered.

5 Toursity Things Every New Yorker Needs to Do At Least Once

Walking in Times Square has its own unique form of misery, but there are countless reasons why the Big Apple is such a popular travel destination in the first place. And by ignoring things that we consider “only for tourists,” we could be selling ourselves and our city short. This is why I gathered a quick list of things us NYers need to cross off our bucket list because hey, there’s a first time for everything and you really have no excuse, so shut up and listen.

  1. Have brunch with Lady Liberty

Even though she’s right in our background, many New Yorkers are guilty of never visiting the Statue of Liberty. Can you really even call yourself a New Yorker if you haven’t made your rounds on Ellis Island once or twice?

Seriously, you need to take a selfie with her. Like yesterday. The best city in the world has history and ya’ll need to familiarize yourselves before saying you’re a “proud New Yorker.”

2.  Take in a Broadway show

Going to see a Broadway show isn’t in the budget? Totally understandable. But, if you’re one of the fortunate ones that have money coming out your you know what, what’s your real excuse for not going? I mean, you can always mail the tickets to me, or donate to my GoFundMe page…But anyway, Broadway shows are world-renowned for a reason, and once they take your breath away, you’ll know why too.

3. Eat your heart out in Little Italy

Chicken parm, spaghetti, cannoli’s, CARBS. Take home a piece of Little Italy with treats from the old-school Di Palo’s Fine Foods and Parisi Bakery because not everyone in the city expects you to be supermodel skinny. That’s why we all wear black #duh.

4. Sing the Rangers’ goal song with 18,200 of your closest friends at MSG

There’s nothing like a Rangers Game at MSG and if you have some time, walk the halls to view the historical photos of celebs and events that have graced the Garden throughout the years. And if you’re not into sports, there are concerts like every other night. Literally. So get on that.

5. Slow the f*ck down & take a tour of Grand Central Station

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If you’re anything like me, you’re ALWAYS in a rush, even when you’re not. So when I see people stopped in the middle of Grand Central staring at the ceiling, I just want to barrel into them with my suitcase and tell them to get out of my way. But instead of being a coldhearted b*tch, maybe I should see what they are looking at for a change. I mean it is over 100 years old and now houses five restaurants and cocktail lounges, a Dining Concourse, and 50 shops. Cool? Or nah.

Of course there are hundreds of other things to do in NYC, but this list is just a quick inspiration to start your journey around the greatest and dirtiest city in the world. Stay safe out there peeps & happy exploring.

Xo, Broke & Bothered.

 

 

 

Why Some Manhattanites Never Venture Out to Brooklyn

Let’s be honest, most Manhattanites (especially recent inhabitants) don’t go to Brooklyn unless they want to see the view from DUMBO, walk the Brooklyn Bridge, or go to Smorgasburg for some ramen burgers & truffle fries. It’s like a whole new world to them.

Some Manhattanites think that the only reason people live in Brooklyn is because they cant afford Manhattan, and although that might have a slight ring of truth, it doesn’t make the commute to Manhattan for Sunday Brunch any more riveting. That being said, depending on where you’re headed in Brooklyn, the commute could be a total b*tch to deal with.

And it’s probably best not to pre-game before going out there because more often then not your buzz will be gone before you get there, undoubtedly. So that means its time to stock up on those to-go flasks because this is obviously a state of emergency.

Walking between neighborhoods in Manhattan is totally doable, with the right shoes and maybe a mild sprain of an ankle. Walking between neighborhoods in Brooklyn is known as “calling a car service” or getting on a subway line that crawls at a snail’s pace between stops.

You thought you hated Brooklyn because it seduced everybody with its oh so charming ways, I know. But now the same forces that ruined Manhattan for young creative people—the greedy developers & overpriced rent—are coming to destroy Brooklyn too! It’s just a matter of time. #BROKElyn

Until next time.

Xo, Broke & Bothered

10 Apps Every New Yorker Needs in Their Life

Us New Yorkers are pretty spoiled if you ask me. We’re so accustomed to being able to get anything we want, whenever we want it, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. You name it, anything from liquor to food can be delivered to our door step in under an hour, (sometimes) free of charge. But hey, with the amount of walking we do in a day, we deserve to have that sh*t delivered from time to time!

Where's my food, bitch?

The hustle and bustle of New York City can be daunting for some. And if you’re going to survive you’ll need to adapt to your surroundings. That’s why I’m here, to give you the top 10 apps every New Yorker needs to download in order to make your lives 1000% easier. Come on, I see all ya’ll walking the cross walk buried in your phones. Use that sh*t for something useful! FREE OF CHARGE.

Honey Boo Boo Loves Her Phone

 

1. SitOrSquat: Restroom Finder

Gotta Pee!

There is nothing worse then going out for the day and having to go to the bathroom. More often then not, the place that you are in doesn’t let anyone use their bathrooms. Awesome, I know. But guess what, there’s an app for that! Download SitOrSquat by Charmin to search, view, rate and add public restrooms to help you, your friends and others enjoy the go, on the go. #GENIUS.

2. Type n Walk

type n walk app

Every day if not every other day I find myself walking into people that are texting on their phones and not watching where they’re going. I can’t prevent them from getting hit by a car in the future, but I can tell them to download Type n Walk. Type n Walk allows you to type onto your camera’s screen while it shows you what’s ahead in the screen’s background.

3. ShopDrop

Do you suffer from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) when you miss out on a sale at your favorite store? If the answer is yes, ShopDrop is for you. It sends you alerts whenever you’re in the vicinity of a store that has a great sale going on. From providing updates on sample sales to discounts at chains like Anthropologie, American Apparel, Express, H&M, Brooks Brothers, Free People and more. FYI – It’s dangerously addicting, shopaholics beware.

Shopaholic

4. Drizly

drizly appYou can get pretty much everything else delivered in New York, so why not booze? Drizly brings booze to your door while you sit on the couch. How did you survive before its existence? #AlcoholicsUnite #DrinkUp

 

5. Venmo

If you haven’t downloaded this by now, I have NO idea what you’re waiting for. It’s the best invention of all time. There’s always that one friend that says they’ll pay you back and never does because 1) They forgot or 2) They hope you forget. Venmo is a simple way to fix that. The app allows you to pay anyone instantly using money you have in Venmo or link a bank account or debit card in seconds. Perfect for splitting dinner checks and cab rides!

Venmo

6. The Next Move by Urban Daddy

Sex and the City

Perfect for you party animals, The Next Move by UrbanDaddy guides users to the latest hot spots with a unique real-time “concierge engine” providing nightlife enthusiasts with a tool to find the most relevant experiences in their city in real time. The Next Move allows consumers to find exactly what they’re looking for by establishing the “what,” “where,” “when,” “why” and “who” that goes into almost every decision that involves going out.

7. Seamless

Yum

Chances are you’ve used Seamless from your desktop. But, you should know there’s an app too! You’ll realize its full potential when you choose to order dinner from a cab, or find an occasional wifi signal on the subway, and just as you arrive home, the delivery guy shows up with your sushi and tacos. BOOM.

8. CUPS

Coffee AddictA bottomless cup of coffee. Really. The CUPS app gets you great deals on coffee drinks at independent shops all over the city at several subscription levels and allows you to get your coffee, food, and tip your barista all in one place. YAAAAS.

9. Happy

Party Hardy

Need a stiff drink and need it fast? Consider the Happy app your personal stopwatch for any-hour-happy-hour at select bars in your favorite hoods from the East Village and LES to Williamsburg and Fort Greene. Just open the app, check-in to the bar and hit the “start” button for discounted beverages. #happyanyhour

 

 

10. Exit Strategy NYC

How frustrating is it when you end up picking the subway car that’s furthest from the exit or transfer you need to make? Exit Strategy is here to the rescue. This genius app tells you exactly where on the platform you should board the train.

I hope this list has been helpful. Some more dope apps include: Roomi, Smacktive, Cover and Blockfeed. If you haven’t downloaded a single app after reading this post I assume you like to make life harder on yourself, but that’s on you sucka!

Until next time…

Xo, Broke & Bothered