After a long week, The Boyfriend and I decided to stay close to home tonight. I wanted to take him to a local branch of a restaurant I'd gone to in the past, but after walking all over around where it was supposed to be, we finally called 411 only to find that it had been closed. Bummer! Luckily, we got the nicest 411 person EVER (T-Mobile, people), who suggested a similar restaurant in the area! Bonus! It was very tasty, we will definitely go back in the future. Then we went home and kicked back on the couch. A perfect Friday night.

Shabu Shabu 70, 314 E 70TH St (1st & 2nd Ave), 212-861-5635, website
Dinner : Edamame, Beef Shabu Shabu for two


Tonight The Boyfriend and I made the journey out to Shea Stadium to watch his beloved Giants take on the Mets. Unfortunately for him, the Giants lost in the 11th inning when Mike Piazza hit a home run. It was fun to go to a new park, although Shea is so freaking far on the subway. It made me miss driving in my car to Dodger Stadium. Also, the planes flying overhead on takeoff from LaGuardia? SO annoying.

Shea Stadium, 12601 Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, NY, 718-699-4220, website
Baseball : Mets 2, Giants 1


Ole! After walking up Second Avenue in search of a bar that wasn't completely packed to the brim with Cinco de Mayo revelers, a big group of us finally came upon Nessa. It was crowded, but you could still move around. We found it just in time: about five minutes after we settled in the sky opened up and it started POURING. We had fun drinking margaritas and singing karaoke, just like the Mexicans did after they defeated the French.

Nessa Restaurant & Bar, 964 Second Avenue (51st), 212-888-1737, website
Dinner : Margaritas, Chicken Quesadilla, Nachos


The Boyfriend is back in town! Woo! Tonight I took him back to Brasserie Julien, where we enjoyed their AWESOME Tuesday night happy hour - tap wine and beer is 50% off, and if you ask, you get a free cheese fondue for two. It's extremely tasty, too. We walked out of there with three drinks each and stuffed bellies, to a grand total of $18. Nice. Oh, and The Boyfriend would like me to add that some of the beers on tap are from Belgium. Beer afficianados, get ready.

Brasserie Julien, website
Happy Hour : 50% off beers, cheese fondue

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