Clinton Hill certainly has its share of alluring little traps that can easily sabotage the neighborhood cheapskate. For example, Elly’s Market (So cute! So much variety! Oh my god I just spent $60!) or Barking Brown boutique, where the funky patterns might hypnotize you into dropping a week’s pay on a tank top. But even in Clinton Hill, deals abound if you know where to go. From Park Ave down to Atlantic, Vanderbilt Ave on east to Classon, Clinton Hill is a prime territory for stoop sales. But the deals don’t stop at your neighbor’s trunk of disco-era suede jackets, as I found out on a recent weekend exploration:
FOUR VERY HAPPY HOURS Clinton Hill’s happy hours stand out for their length—instead of instituting the standard 7 pm reality check, I found several bars that keep the cheap booze flowing til 8pm. Which gives you a lot more time to feel good about getting wasted before dinner. Two of note are Anima (458 Myrtle Ave, at Washington Ave.), which offers a 2-for-1 deal until 8; and Alibi (242 Dekalb Ave, between Clermont Ave. and Vanderbilt Ave.), where drinks are $3 until 8. Monday nights are especially economical here, as The Five Spot, (459 Myrtle Ave, at Washington Ave.) on Myrtle and Washington, offers $2 pints and Rope, (415 Myrtle Ave, at Vanderbilt Ave.), sells $1 PBRs.
TWO BUDGET BREAKFAST JOINTS Soak up that happy hour hangover at Bergen Bagels (486 Myrtle Ave, between Hall St. and Ryerson St.) The breakfast specials—egg sandwich & coffee for $1.95 or muffin & coffee for $2.15—are excellent considering how fresh this food is (all baking is done on the premises). Castro’s (511 Myrtle Ave, between Grand Ave. and Ryerson St.), a Mexican joint popular with Pratt students, has a breakfast special that gets you 2 eggs any style served with home fries, bacon, ham or sausage, coffee or tea, and toast for $6. They also offer a slew of “special sandwiches” for breakfast (some quite hearty, like the 2 eggs with bacon, ham or patty sausage for $3) for $2.25 to $5.
FABULOUSLY CHEAP INDIAN FOOD For the heartiest deal I’ve found try Kinara (368 Myrtle Ave, between Adelphi St. and Clermont Ave.) It’s spicy, fresh Indian food at a great price. This is the second branch that Kinara has opened, the first being their Park Slope location. Kinara has good service, quick delivery ($13 minimum), and the chicken tikka masala, lamb korma, and samosas come highly recommended. Most importantly, here you can get a whole 3+ course spread- appetizer, entree, rice, sauce, naan, and dessert, delivered for for $12.95. It ends up being easily enough for two people. If you’re eating in, everything on the menu is 50% off from noon to 4.
MANICURE DEALS Century 21 nail salon (383 Myrtle Ave, between Clermont Ave. and Vanderbilt Ave.), offers manicures for an obscenely low $7 and pedicures (in “those nice squishy chairs,” as my salon-savvy friend noted) for $14.
DOLLAR-A-DAY YOGA At Move With Grace Yoga studio (469 Myrtle Ave, between Hall St. and Washington Ave.), try a $30-for-30-days deal going if you sign up with a friend.
Read more from Eliza on her blog, The BK Recessionist.