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A Broke and Bicoastal Guide

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I like to say I'm bicoastal curious. I live in SF but spend a lot of time in NYC. These are my awesome tips for things to check out that won't bust your wallet. I've spent enough strange moments in each of them to give them my Broke-Ass Seal of Approval. Not that that's worth much. Regardless, I guarantee you'll have some pretty sweet stories after visiting these places. 
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Cordon Bleu Vietnamese Rstrnt

I popped into this tiny hole in the wall for lunch the other day and walked away very pleased, very full and slightly less hung-over than when I had entered. For five bucks I got a giant piece of 5-spice chicken, country salad (a fancy-pants name for coleslaw), and meat sauce over rice. The menu claims...

Sam's

To be quite honest, North Beach can be a pretty shitty place sometimes. On the weekends you get a lot of people who just wanna spend tons of money, look flashy, pick fights and in general, be assholes. That's their thing, whatever. But according some of my older friends (as well as books and movies)...

Strand Book Store

You know how in commercials the Keebler Elves always seem like they're having a great time because their job rocks and they're making people happy by baking delicious cookies? Next time one of those commercials comes on, look into the Elves' eyes and you will catch fleeting glimpses of pure terror....

Rosemary's Greenpoint Tavern

If this bar were in any other location in the world it would be filled with old man life-long losers and women with missing teeth and raspy cigarette voices. But given that it sits right in the heart of bloody frigging Williamsburg, the clientele is hip and good looking...mostly. That's not the real...

Fried Dumpling

The only English words the ladies at Fried Dumpling know are "How Many?" And that's enough, because the answer is usually five. Yes friends, you get five of the best dumplings you've ever had for $1. And apparently instead of change they give you dumplings. I bought a 75-cent coke and instead of giving...

Kenka

Oh Kenka....Kenka....Kenka....Kenka. You are one of the weirdest places I've ever eaten in my entire life and for that, I salute you. I'm literally sitting here in front of my computer trying to find the proper words with which to describe you and the only thing that keeps popping into my head is "bull...

The Good Hotel

There’s lots of good going on at the Good Hotel. It’s extremely well priced, very hip, and super eco-conscious. In fact, being green is kinda their thing. At the Good Hotel, the bed frames are made out of reclaimed wood, the wallpaper is recycled, and the blankets are made from recycled soda bottles...

Kilowatt

Quite simply, Kilowatt is a good place to get drunk. This ex-venue consistently has some of the best priced drinks in the city and the bartenders pour them heavy handedly. I was there just the other night and a strong whiskey & 7-up was only $3.50. There are plenty of other ways to amuse oneself at...

Bazaar Cafe

Oooh I really like this place. It has all the basic prerequisites of a great cafe like free wifi, comfy seats and good food and drinks, but then it goes a few steps further. The cafe has a fantastic backyard garden/patio and excellent art on consignment lining the walls (ahem...that was a hint for all...

McSorley's Old Ale House

Founded in 1854, Mcsorley's is New York's oldest bar and because of this its slogan is, "We've been here since before you were born." Are you kidding me McSorley's? You've been here since when my ancestors were getting raped and pillaged by frigging Cossacks. No shit you've been here before I was...