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20 Dates With Food in New York – New York Meals Under $25

First off, I would like to apologize for my month long absence – I had a pretty awful injury to my hands and needed some time to recover. I will be writing a post about my experience and what it is like to deal with an NYC renter’s insurance company soon, but for now I wanted to share this lovely post.

20 New York City Dinner Dates

As we know, living in NYC can be very expensive. Yet, despite complaining about rent prices and taxes, people still find it hard to resist going out for food in the city. Whether this is due to the lack of desire to cook a meal, trying to keep up with wealthier friends, or just enjoying a good meal in a great atmosphere, it seems everyone in New York can’t stop themselves from eating out.

Below I have listed restaurants, their food type, the address, and the average cost of a menu item (sides and drinks not included). Here are 20 places where you can get a meal in New York for $25 or less. 

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Brunch/Lunch in NYC:

Brunch can easily get pretty expensive, especially if you are adding on those mimosas and bloody marys. However, it helps keep your bill reasonable when you choose a place where the entrée/meal is reasonably priced. If you are interested in some good brunch recommendations in New York City, check out one of my suggestions listed below:

  • Coccette – French – 110 Thompson St, New York – Average cost: $15
  • Dos Caminos – Mexican – Multiple Locations – *BOTTOMLESS OFFER* – Average cost: $17
  • Lexington Brass – American – 517 Lexington Ave, New York – Average cost: $21
  • Verde on Smith – Italian – 216 Smith St, Brooklyn –  *BOTTOMLESS OFFER* – Average cost: $13
  • Sarabeth’s – American – Multiple Locations – Average cost: $23

Dinner in NYC:

I find that most of us 20 and 30-somethings in NYC tend to stay away from going out for restaurants when considering dinner. We tend to stick to the counter services spots and our local bars for bar bites. However, for those of us who enjoy a good dinner out, I’ve compiled a list of dinner spots in New York with an average entrée price of $25 or less. This way you can treat yourself on a night out without overdoing it when it comes to swiping your card. Here are some of my recommendations for an affordable dinner spot in NYC:

  • Westville Dumbo – American – 81 Washington St, Brooklyn – Average cost: $15
  • Roberta’s – Italian – 261 Moore St, Brooklyn – Average cost: $18
  • Seva Indian Cuisine – Indian – 3007 34th St, Astoria – *PRE-FIXED OPTION* – Average cost: $12
  • Sathi – Indian – 216 Third Ave, New York – *PRE-FIXED OPTION* – Average cost: $13
  • Tomoe Sushi – Japanese 172 Thompson St, New York – Average cost: $13
  • El Parador Café – Mexican – 325 E 34th St, New York – Average cost: $19
  • The Malt House – American 9 Maiden Ln, New York– Average cost: $18.50
  • Ramen Lab – Ramen – 70 Kenmare St, New York – Average cost: $18

I hope this list helps you find a moderately priced meal if you are from the NYC area of just visiting. My personal favorite spots are Sathi, Coccette, and Dos Caminos! What are some of you favorite dinner spots? I’d love to hear some more suggestions!

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Why I Ditched the Bra – And Why You Should Consider It Too

When I was younger I thought that bras meant I was grown up. I started wearing a princess training bra around the house when I was 10 – and no, I was not an early developer. I remember being 11 and getting ready for soccer practice when my mother pulled me aside in the kitchen. 

Kiersten, I think it is time you stopped wearing those tank tops to practice.”

I was oblivious – I always wore a white tank top to soccer. My mother was telling me that I should put on a cotton t-shirt instead. “At least until we get you some sports bras.” I recall feeling embarrassed, but above all, I felt like a teenager. I was really growing up.

From then on out, I was all about bras. I was not so lucky in the chest department, but I made up for it – by wearing two bras at the same time. I even wore my bras to bed! The girls whose parents purchased those VS Bomber bras for them were the envy of my middle school life, and I wanted nothing more than to have one. But my parents, being rather sensible when I look back, were strongly against buying me one.

The Day My Boobs Finally Decided to Show Up

I went through my teen years spending money on padded bras and push up bras to make myself feel good. But then one year, something crazy happened. My sophomore year of college I noticed that something was different. My bras were a bit tighter and I was filling out my clothes better. This made me feel awesome, as I’d been dealing with some insecurities with my breasts due mainly to an ex boyfriend.

Short side story: I was laying down in bed with my ex during my freshman year of college with nothing but a bra and underwear on. He poked at the cup of my bra, which deflated, and said “You know when you lay down, your bra is like a bag of chips. Nothing by air.” I think that will stick with me forever!

Anyway, my breasts moved up to a size 32-C. And they were perky and perfect. I got sized, bought new bras, and was ready to go. 

Until I wasn’t.

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Ditching the Bra

I noticed that a lot of my outfits now looked worse when I wore a bra than when I did wear one. The wires were also stabby, and you can see the outline of the cups through my shirts. One day, I just decided not to wear bras anymore. 

And people noticed. My roommates would ask me why I was free-boobing it, and I’d just tell them that I’m not wasting the best years of my breasts (the breast years, if you will) confining and hiding them from the world. Not to mention bras were too expensive and they made my boobs look comically large and disproportionate to my body when I wore them.

I noticed (and still notice) stares and eyes as I walked to class, to the store, down the street. But I don’t care – I’m flaunting what I am proud of, and I am much more comfortable because of it. My current boyfriend Jack is in support of my anti-bra movement (unsurprisingly) and gets a bit confused when I do wear bras from time to time. Yes, sometimes I wear bras in situations where I feel it is just too inappropriate to bring my boobs to the party.

Will I Ever Go Back to Wearing Bras?

Maybe someday, when I’ve had kids and they aren’t what they used to be. Or if I no longer get to work remotely and have to have some sense of decorum. However, for the time being, I don’t see myself wearing a bra because life is so much freer without one. 

Not wearing a bra has also brought a lot of laughs into my life. My mother has asked me if I know that you can see my nipples (the peaks, not see through) through my shirt. When I responded that yes, I was aware, she said that not everybody wants to see that. My response? “Listen, if you know me, you’ve seen my nipples.” 

So basically, the point of this post was to talk about what makes me happy in life and that one reason behind my happiness is my free boob movement.

Do you wear bras? What are your thoughts – have you ever considered going free boob? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Looking for advice? Feel free to ask!

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