Monday, August 31, 2009

Let's Do Lunch! For WAYYY Less!

New York is nothing without it's food. Outside of Paris, there is no greater food destination than here. Looking at the Zagat guide you see a veritable who's who of celebrity chefs from Jean George to Daniel Boloud to Wylie Dufresne to anyone else you can possible think of. New York is arguably the dining capital of the world.

Now here is the deal: Eating at restaurants with Zagat ratings, Michelin stars and the like is costly! Outside of Restaurant Week (only two times a year, dontcha know!), finding fancy schmancy food is a challenge. Well, guess what? Do I have some treats for you!

Here is a list of way high-end dining experiences that are prix fixe (a.k.a CHEAP!) all year long! Put on your bib and take a gander. Prepare to let your mouth water... ;-) Enjoy!

Jean-Georges Vongerichten is the best there is. And he wants to share his goodness with you. That is why, this summer (and, I believe, all year long) he is offering an amazing $26 two course lunch at Jean Georges (in the Nougatine Room). Zagat says, Jean Georges is a “class act from start to finish”, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Columbus Circle flagship “continues to dazzle” with “top-rung”, “ever-evolving” New French prix fixes that “simultaneously comfort and excite”. Simply delightful. Jean Georges, Trump Int'l Hotel, 1 Central Park West (bet. 60th & 61st Streets), 212.299.3900
(P.S. This deal is also on at these other JG restaurants: Matsugen, Perry St., JoJo, Mercer Kitchen and Vong)

David Chang is the ish. Bottom line. And Momofuku Ssam is, for sure, one of the most inventive incarnations of his imagination. That is why you should be uber-happy to know that Momofuku Ssam has a lovely little prix fixe lunch just waiting for you to nibble. For $25, you get a simply divine prix fixe lunch where you get to choose one of three different appetizers, one of three main courses, and one of two desserts. This is a steal and less than half of what it would normally cost. Trust me. Indulge yourself. Momofuku Ssam Bar,207 2nd Avenue (@13th Street). No phone.

Gotham Bar & Grill is heaven and Alfred Portale is a god. For over 25 years this New York staple has been a constant for all things belly-filling and fabulous in New American cuisine. So, how lucky are we that there is a beautiful little $31 prix fixe lunch sitting squarely in the middle of their totally awesome menu each and every day and all year long? Too fantastic for words. Gotham Bar and Grill, 12 E. 12th St. (bet. 5th Ave. & University Pl.), 212.620.4020.

Indian anyone? Tabla is the the standard in high-end Indian cuisine in New York City. And now, with a gorgeous $24 Summer prix-fixe lunch menu, you get to see just how the other half lives. From food to atmosphere to service and back to food, Tabla will never disappoint. Tabla, 11 Madison Avenue (@ 25th Street), 212.889.0667.

Finally, let me round out our little lunch chat with a good steak. Yes, dammit, I said STEAK! We are headed to Del Frisco's for, arguably, some of the best steak in New York City. Doubt me? Well, with a $31 prix fixe Business Lunch, you can try it out and see if you can prove me wrong. Go 'head. I dare ya. Del Frisco's, 1221 Sixth Avenue (bet. 48th & 49th sts.), 212.575.5129.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Friends Don't Let Friends Pay Retail: This Week's Online Only Sample Sales (August 30 - Sept 4)

A sale is a sale is a sale, right?

Warehouses and big white rooms aren't the only places to look for sales. No ma'am. Each and every week, the highest of high end merchandise goes on sale online. That's right. No pushing, no shoving, no long lines. This is the real deal. Can you say Gucci? Valentino? Dior? If you speak that language (and who among us does not?!) then you, my friend are in the right place! Read on for a sample of the best of the best in online sample sales .

P.S. Many of these sites allow entry by Invitation Only, but never fear! I have hooked you up there too... ;-) (Use Invite Code NDF15070E47 to join)

What: Juicy Couture Sunglasses
When: Sunday, August 30, 11 a.m.

What: Burberry Scarves and Handbags

When: Monday, August 31, 11 a.m.

What: fcuk Watches

When: Wednesday, September 2, 11 a.m.

What: Balenciaga Handbags

When: Thursday, September 3, 11 a.m.

Gilt Group (Click Here to Accept Invitation)

What: Chloe
When: Sunday, August 30, 9 p.m.

What: Derek Lam Sunglasses

When: Sunday, August 30, 9 p.m.

What: Rachel Roy Ladies' Apparel

When: Tuesday, September 1, 12 noon

Haute Look (Click to Accept Invitation)

What: Chopard Watches
When: Monday, August 31, 11 a.m.

What: Rock & Republic Apparel and Accessories

When: Thursday, September 3, 11 a.m

Rue La La (Click to Accept Invitation)

What: Tumi Luggage
When: Tuesday, September 1, 11 a.m.

What: Supergaga Footwear
When: Wednesday, September 2, 11 a.m.

Here are a couple more sites worth checking out:

- ideeli offers privileged access to the most sought-after fashion, home and beauty products, but that's not all. ideeli members also enjoy privileged access to luxury lifestyle experiences such as fashion shows and sold-out concerts. ideeli makes sure its members aren't "all dressed up with nowhere to go!" Current Sale: Gucci Handbags and accessories up to 44% off. Beginning Monday, August 31: Calvin Klein Monday - All Calvin Klein up to 60% off.

Billion Dollar Babes - At, they hold three high-end designer sales per week, each lasting 48 hours and featuring discounts of up to 80%. Billion Dollar Babes specializes in "off the beaten path" designers, always high-end, always in style.

I've done all I can do. The rest is up to you. Happy Shopping!

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Steals, deals and discounts, oh my! -- Nine West Private Sale: Take an Additional 30% Off!!!

All Fabulously Frugal Fashionistas know that the end of the season is the best time to take advantage of deals, deals, deals. This season is no exception. Taking advantage of this deal means and additional 30% off of already deep, deep discounts. This can't be beat! Here is another little gem: Use this code NWSUMV9 and you will get an additional $10 off plus orders over $50 are eligible for FREE SHIPPING. Sweet! I just bought 7 pairs of shoes and sandals for just $175! Sweeter! Happy shopping, Ladies!

P.S. Don't dilly-dally! This sale opens up to the public on September 3. Get your shop on today!

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David Yurman -- Take an Additional 20% off this weekend!

If you don't know him, google him. Reports on this sale have been tremendous, so this is definitely one you don't want to miss. I am hearing that even prior to the additional 20% off the savings were fantastic, but now... WOW! I am in for the weekend, but you should definitely indulge. Isn't you birthday coming up or something?

Shop discounted women's and men's jewelry, timepieces, and eyewear at the David Yurman friends and family sale. The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St., nr. Seventh Ave.; Th–F (8–8), S (9–6), Su (9–5).

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Beautiful, FABULOUS Skin for a STEAL!

Through 9/7 Eve Salon is offering a 60-minute Essential Facial for $50 (originally $85). Whether your skin needs extra hydration or nourishment, a deep cleaning, resurfacing, or a uniquely individualized maintenance treatment, this facial is completely customized to treat and correct all of your concerns.

55 W. 8th St., nr. Sixth Ave. (212-807-8054); M–Th (11–7:30), F (11–7), S–Su (10–6).

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Barneys Warehouse Sale -- Marc Jacobs Anyone?

It's here! It's here! The Barneys Warehouse Sale is heeeeeeeere! This is the warehouse sale to top all warehouse sales. No this isn't your Mama's sale, no siree, Bob. This is Marc Jacobs, this is Prada, this is Rag & Bone, this is the one! Are you in or are you out? {carrot waving begins now:} By the way, let's not forget that everything, absolutely, positively EVERYTHING is 50 - 70% OFF! Now go shop, little ones, go shop...

What: Barney's Warehouse Sale NYC
When: Thursday, Aug 20 - Monday, Sep 7; Aug 20/21 8AM-PM; M-F 10AM-9PM, S/S 10AM-7PM, Sep 7 10AM-7PM
Where: Barney's Co-op space, 255 W 17th St (btw 7th/8th Ave); 212-450-8400

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Welcome to the Newly Reformatted "Danielle Does NYC"!

For months, I have been trying to figure out how to refocus my blog. I know now! {Insert suspenseful music here.}

I LOVE New York! Truly. I live here, I eat here, I shop here (boy, do I!) and I love every minute of it. Check this out though: After all of the living and eating and shopping, I am broke! Yes, this New York City girl is glamorously, fabulously, overwhelming poor. But I look good and that's all that counts, right?

So, in my glorious poverty, I have learned how to live in this amazing city on a future trophy wife's budget. I eat on the cheap, I shop on the cheap, I spa on the cheap, I totally live on the cheap and now you can, too! Danielle Does NYC is now your one stop shop for how to be glamorously poor while living FABULOUSLY on the Cheap! Enjoy!