Friday, June 17, 2005


Lawgirl's Guide to New York Dives and Deals

New York is such a great town, but it can be mighty expensive to feed and amuse yourself. Nevertheless, the city is jam-packed with low-priced eateries and venues for those of us who don't want to drop $200 bucks on an evening's food and entertainment. Like most New Yorkers, I love to find great deals in the city and to share my discoveries with others.

To that end, I am starting a new series highlighting some the affordable dives and deals I've found in the city.

This week's cheap eatery is the Festival Restaurant, a Mexican dive (and I mean that in the nicest sense) located at 120 Rivington Street (one block from the Delancy Street station on the F-line). My boyfriend and I had dinner there this week and loved it. The bill for our meal, which consisted of Chicken mole with rice and beans, nachos with chorizo, a beer and a margarita, came to $28.00, including tip. Tortilla chips and spicy hot salsa were included. The mole was very good, the chicken was tender and moist, the chorizo nachos were delicious. I thought the margarita was a little weak. The restaurant was almost empty when we arrived at 7:30, but was filling up by the time we left an hour later. Pretty good for a Wednesday night.

After dinner, we headed over to Sin-e, at 15 Attorney Street and Stanton, where we heard a lively battle of bands (boys vs. girls). It was a fun laid-back venue, with an $8 cover and a beer/wine bar. The club entrance is around the corner from the main entrance to the bar. The cover varies between $8 and $10, so check the website. They sell earplugs for $1.00.

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