#DealAlert Get A Bang For Your Buck At Biggies!

If you are in the mood for a great meal that is HUGE, filling, and flavorful then Biggie’s is the place for you. I’ve been to two of their three locations in Jersey since they have two in Hoboken and one in Carlstadt. My favorite location is Carldstadt because it’s about 20 minutes away from me and conveniently close to MetLife Stadium.

Anytime I’ve gone to Biggie’s, I’ve got a bang for my buck. There appetizers are big enough to share and made just right (pictured below). I highly recommend the Thai Chili Calamari which will give your taste buds a treat. If you love the wings and thin crust pizza get them while you are there, they are also must-haves. It’s an ideal location for night out with friends, family or even a date. I have yet to have an entree or sandwich there but I’ve heard they are just as big and delicious and plan on trying one of their signature sandwiches during my next visit. Check out their full menu at the Carlstadt location, here.

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If all that good food doesn’t have you in the mood for Biggie’s now, then maybe this will. They have $5 martini’s all day everyday, and they aren’t boring flavors either they range from Lychee, Peach, Bellini, and more! I love the martini glasses that they are served in because they add a little flair. The drink menu has a good variety and is affordable in general which is always a plus.

Lychee Martini from Biggie's

Lychee Martini from Biggie’s

Next time you are headed to North Jersey make sure you make Biggie’s one of your dining destinations. Biggie’s has delicious food & cocktails, football, a family friendly atmosphere, and a great staff. Just talking about it makes me want a Lychee Martini & their calamari.

Biggie’s is #SCBDApproved!


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Join Sailor Jerry Rum and Celebrate Bartenders Appreciation Day

 photo credit: lpliquors.com

photo credit: lpliquors.com

Sailor Jerry Rum is hosting their second annual Bartender Appreciation Day on December 8th in support of all those slinging drinks our way. I got to chat with Brand Ambassador Paul Monahan on this new holiday and its importance in our society.

 photo credit: christmasmagazine.com

photo credit: christmasmagazine.com

Why did Sailor Jerry introduce Bartender Appreciation Day?

We think bartenders are under appreciated. Think about it. They’re such an important part of a good night out. They have to be part crafts-person,  part showman, part diplomat. And they have to work some pretty rough hours – while we’re drinking and having a good time, they’re working. So at Sailor Jerry, we wanted to step up and start getting bartenders the recognition they deserve.

Why do you think it is important to have this day?

We believe it’s important to give people who work hard a pat on the back. Our namesake, Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins worked tirelessly perfecting his craft earning him the title ‘the father of the old school tattoo’. This work ethic and dedication to one’s craft is something we strive to support and reward in all walks of life. As a rum, we spend a lot of time in bars — so we’re extremely aware of the innate awesomeness of the craft of bartending and want to celebrate it.

 What are some of your hopes for expanding this holiday in the future?

We’re in it to win it. We want to see this become a proper, widely celebrated holiday observed wherever there are bars – in other words, EVERYWHERE!

What are some fun ways our readers can celebrate?

They can go to the Sailor Jerry website and download petition posters, post cards and other stuff to help spread the word. They can check out our Facebook page to see what official events are going on near them. And most importantly, they can get themselves to a bar on December 8th, have a couple of Sailor Jerry’s – and give an extra big tip!

photo credit: sailorjerry.com

photo credit: sailorjerry.com

#SCBD Halloween Spooktails!

Halloween would not be complete without a cocktail or two. Here are some delicious cocktails some of New Jersey & New York’s finest are offering during their Halloween parties this week and weekend:

Devils Tuxedo (Blue Moon Mexican Cafe)

  • 2 oz Patron XO Cafe
  • 1 oz Irish Whiskey

Devils Tuxedo!

Oktoberfest Milkshake (Big Daddy’s)

  • Vanilla Milkshake
  • Oktoberfest Beer
  • Whip cream
  • Caramel

Oktoberfest Shake

The Spooky Spicy Bloody Mary (Maxwell’s)

  • Stoli vodka
  • Maxwell’s house made old bay bloody mary mix

Shaken & served over ice!

Bloody Spooky Mary

Killer Transfusions (Maxwell’s)

  • Stoli Vodka
  • Ginger ale

Served over ice with a splash of grape juice!

Killer Transfusions

Blood Orange Margarita (Maxwell’s)

  • Tequila
  • Simple Syrup
  • Blood Orange Extract
  • Fresh Lime

Shake and serve in a martini glass!

Blood Orange Margarita

Cheers to a great Halloween!

#SCBD Deal: Village Pourhouse Oktoberfest Beer Dinner

This just in– The Village Pourhouse in Hoboken is holding their 2nd Annual Beer Dinner this Wednesday starting at 7 PM.  Not only will I be in attendance but all of my readers, followers, and fans get a 50% discount!

If you plan on attending here’s how to get this deal before it’s gone. It’s pretty easy just go to this link: http://hobokenph.laughstub.com/show.cfm?id=191030 then enter coupon code SCBD50. Then you are good to go & will get your ticket for $25 instead of $50 with my exclusive discount.

Now here are the details about this Oktoberfest dinner:

2nd Annual Oktoberfest Beer Dinner at Village Pourhouse Hoboken
Wednesday, October 3rd at 7 PM

Enjoy a pre fixe three course meal of German delicacies with beer pairing while learning about German beers from a brewery representative!

Receive an official Oktoberfest mug at the dinner!

Village Pourhouse Hoboken
205 First Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030

As always, happy eating!!! Hope to see some of you at the beer dinner!

Comment or tweet me if you plan on attending! 😀

Tonic takes Times Square ‘tourist’ cuisine to new heights…

These past two weeks I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying a meal or two & some delicious cocktails at Tonic Times Square. I’m not one for going to “tourist” places in Times Square, but I’m pretty happy a friend lead me that way. I was really impressed by the food & cocktails. I was fortunate enough to get in touch with a mixologist there who took care of me. Lets just say, I have some surprises coming up for you readers and you won’t be disappointed. In the meantime, let me tell you about my experience at Tonic Times Square…

Tonic Times Square (727 Seventh Avenue, NY, NY)

Customer Service: 5- I arrived around 7 pm which gave me a good hour before happy hour ended. Everyone was friendly and helped me as needed.

Atmosphere: 5- It has a very typical Times Square to it. It’s in the middle of Times Square on 7th between 49th & 50th. It’s a huge restaurant and perfect, fun place to check out a game or enjoy a date.

Food/Cocktail Quality: 5- When I came in they still had Voli happy hour specials. I got the “Big Sexy” and loved it, even ended up having not one but two. The first time I came in I ordered their signature tonic wings. For $10 you get 10 nice sized wings. I loved the tonic sauce and was pretty impressed. They actually really work hard on how the food tastes and looks. I wouldn’t call Tonic’s food a tourist trap at all. The next time I came I decided to try the Grilled Steak Skewers since I love steak. They were $12, the Chimichurri sauce is delicious and has a little kick to it. Both the wings & skewers were appetizers but suitable for a meal. The skewers could’ve used a side but regardless I was not disappointed. All I need is a good dish & cocktail & I’m set and I got that at Tonic.

Price: $-$$: Depending on what you get and when you go it can get pricey but for New York the appetizers, salads, and sandwiches are decent priced. During happy hour drinks range from $3-7 which is a huge deal and they aren’t ‘well drinks’. The happy hour on Monday’s includes brands such as Voli and more.

Final Score: 15/15- I was pretty impressed with Tonic’s menu and selection. The food is delicious and is presented just a great. If your ever in Times Square I highly recommend it!

Cocktails at Tonic

Steak skewers at Tonic

Let me know if you agree!

In the meantime, happy eating & drinking!

’til next time…


Special #Deal for #SCBD readers at Village Pourhouse in Hoboken!!

If you haven’t heard, The Village Pourhouse in Hoboken has Dueling Pianos the last Thursday of every month. There is NO COVER for the event but they have a special Pre Fixe menu that night.

This is the Pre Fixe for this Thursday’s Dueling Pianos:

Dueling Pianos Pre Fixe Menu
Thursday, July 26th 2012

$29.95 Includes a Coors Light draft or well cocktail

1st Course
Proscuitto & Melon
Fresh summer melon wrapped in prosciutto and drizzled with balsamic reduction

Goat Cheese Taquitos
Yukon Gold potatoes, herbs and goat cheese in a crispy corn tortilla with mixed greens and salsa verde

2nd Course
Jerk Chicken
Roasted over a can of Red Stripe, with black bean sauce, rice and mango-ginger relish

Eggplant Rollatini
Golden eggplant stuffed with rich ricotta blended with baby spinach and roasted garlic, topped with fire roasted poomodoro and melted mozzarella

3rd Course
Creamsicle Crème-Brulee
Classic vanilla bean custard topped with blood orange sauce on the side

FYI: For this month and next they also have $5 beers from Anderson Valley and Samuel Smith during Dueling Pianos!

Here’s the deal…If you are a #Smallchickbigdeals reader and want to go you can get 20% off a Pre Fixe ticket during the Dueling Pianos event in July (the 27th) and August (the 30th) 😀

Here’s how:

You may not see me there this month but I’m putting it in my calendar for next month!

If you go, let me know how it is! I’m excited to make my rounds there in August!

I have more deals coming up soon, hope you’re ready!

Happy Eating & Drinking!

Bar Anticipation is everything you’ve anticipated!

The second trip I made last Friday night was with my former roomie Ashley from college who has seen Small Chick grow from its beginnings, so she knows how I roll. Since she’s more from the Northern Central Jersey area and the weather was nice we decided to have a girls night out by the beach, after shopping at the Jersey Shore Outlets of course. It was her first time at the bars in the Belmar area so we knew we were going to have to go to my favorite bar at home, down the shore…

Bar Anticipation aka “Bar A”  (703 16th Avenue, Belmar, NJ)

Customer Service: 5- It was a Friday night at a bar at the Jersey Shore. Luckily, we had the best waiter anyone could’ve asked for. He was attentive answered all our questions and made it a carefree girls night for us.

Atmosphere: 5- Bar A has an awesome atmosphere and their own beach, better known as the Grotto. It’s a huge bar and restaurant and I prefer sitting outside anytime I’m there. You literally feel like you’re on a beach, and you’re only a block from the shore.

Food/Drink Quality: 5- When I first decided to to have a quick bite at Bar A I wasn’t expecting anythings special and I definitely  wouldn’t have expected a bar like Bar A to make their Buffalo Wing sauce on site. But they do and it’s awesome and they range from traditional wing sauce to Mango BBQ. I went with my man a week or two before I went with my roomie and he loved the Mango BBQ. When I went with my roomie Ashley, she loved the traditional we got. I’m addicted to them now! But it doesn’t stop there. We also ordered sandwiches since it was dinner time and we were hungry so we picked a staple– Grilled Cheese with tomato & bacon, they didn’t disappoint and were huge and only $6. Let’s just say I’m pretty impressed with their menu.

The drinks at Bar A are great too. We came in on a Friday which is the day they have a happy hour that starts at 4pm and goes until 9pm and they also have specials from 9pm til close. The drinks are always made well and they have a great liquor selection to compliment their bar grub. Drinks aren’t horribly expensive after happy hour ends but it’s so worth it. They always make my 007, Malibu Bay Breeze, and Jolly Rancher to a tee! I’ve also been to Bar A for their famous Beat The Clock Tuesday’s— draft beers start 50 cents starting at 8pm & go up 25 cents every hour. Let’s just say Tuesday’s are like high school reunions for locals. You can find more info on their daily deals here!

Price: $- Bar A always has deals so it’s possible not to break your budget for a great night out at the Jersey Shore. I am constantly checking the event calendar and follow them on Twitter & Facebook! The best deal they have is beat the clock– beer and wings, sounds amazing right? You can definitely have a date or enjoy a girls night for $30 & under. I can’t emphasize the beer & wings enough!

Final Score: 15/15– When I first started going to Bar A, I wasn’t sure if I was going to impressed or turned off and i was impressed. It’s the bar I prefer to go to anytime I’m home. The daily specials are great, food is up to par for a bar and it’s a great variety, the staff communicates well and it’s always a good time. Just be prepared, beat the clock over the summer tends to grab a huge crowd, but as I mentioned you’re pretty safe any day you go with all the deals they have. They also serve brunch which I have yet to go to but plan on it. I love it and highly recommend it!

And then there was one…we were the ‘skinniest fat girls’ that night!

The delicious grilled cheese with french fries & a pickle, for $6!

Taking a trip to the Jersey Shore soon, let me know if you agree and what your verdict is about Bar A!

Until next time…

 Happy Eating & Drinking! 🙂


Get a great meal for a great deal at Artisan’s in Toms River!

As a Jersey shore native I have to review some places down the shore, especially since that’s usually where I am if I am not in NYC or North Jersey. I spent the weekend with my boyfriend Jason and instead of going to the usual or having dinner at home we decided to check out Artisan’s and little did we know we were in for a great, filling meal!

Artisan’s Brewery & Italian Grill (1171 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08753)

Here’s what I thought of it:

Customer Service: 4.5 — We went in around 1:30/40 so it was kind of an off time to come. It was slow at times but you also have to keep in mind it was Sunday afternoon. Other than that it was excellent. The service was quick and our bartender knew our drinks orders well and was very informative. The staff was also very friendly too.

Atmosphere: 5– I loved the atmosphere, it made you feel right at home and had a traditional italian style to it. It works very well with the kind of restaurant it is. There is also a lounge/bar area & a dining hall which can be used for receptions.

Food/Drink Quality: 5– The food was excellent and unique. We got the calamari with the spicy balsamic glaze on the side and it was wonderful and unlike any calamari sauce I’ve had. I definitely want to get it again. There special was half off any pizza, which comes to about $5 and change. The pizza was huge but didn’t disappoint. I even had leftovers. A couple ordered a burger while we there so Jason got the Artisan’s famous burger. He loved it, I even snuck in a bite and it was great. The way they season the meat is delicious. We were both filled to the brim between our drinks and food and I haven’t been that full in a while.

Price: $– Depending on what you get it can get a bit pricey. But they have specials almost every night and the pizza for $5 was great. Get a pizza and two beers and you have a cute little date. They also have beer & a brew night on Tuesday which I want to go to. You get a burger & a brew for $8.95 which is perfect for a date night too.

Final Score: 14.5/15 — Over all, I had a great experience at Artisan’s. You can have a great meal for a great price if you choose. The staff is attentive and the food is unique. It’s nestled right near the Ocean County Mall so it’s a great place for movie & mall-goers to go and grab a bite! I definitely want to come back for Burger & a brew night!

Holding my sample of their light beer from the brewery inside Artisan’s

The delicious homemade pizza I ate!

Happy Eating everybody!

– Small Chick 🙂

Don’t ‘Overlook’ the Overlook!

Overlook Lounge (225 East 44th Street  New York, NY 10017)

I love the food, I love the city, especially Midtown East. If you’ve read my past blogs it’s pretty obvious. This past week I was fortunate enough to find my way to a taping of The Rachael Ray Show again, but this time with my mother and Aunt. After enjoying the taping and smelling food the entire time, we were pretty hungry. As I mentioned in previous posts, I tried to go almost everywhere that sounded good and wasn’t too far of a walking distance from my internship last semester. But there was one place, I overlooked. It was actually across the street and one of the closest places I could’ve gone and it was Overlook Lounge. So since I hadn’t been there, we gave it a try, here’s what I thought:

Customer Service: 5 — Our waitress was friendly and let us take our time deciding what we wanted, she brought our second round of drinks pretty quick. Questions about the food were answered right away as well.

Atmosphere: 4.5– It’s relatively small but when I went inside it was definitely different then I imagined. It seems like such a small place from the outside looking in. The bar is pretty big for the space it is too.

Food/Drink Quality: 4.5– The drinks were great, I usually get a Malibu Bay Breeze and it was made perfectly. My mom and aunt were impressed with their drinks as well. I got the steak bites which is basically 3 skirt steak sliders with cheese. I got them cooked medium well and probably should’ve had it cooked medium because it was a little darker than I had wanted but it still tasted delicious, and I love skirt steak. My mom and aunt were both very impressed with their choices as well. We all shared their “pommes frites” which they serve rather than fries and I loved them. They come served with a chipotle dipping sauce and it’s like a whirlwind of flavor in your mouth!

Price: $$ — It’s not the cheapest joint but you can definitely get a delicious lunch with a drink for about $15. Yeah you’re probably thinking that’s not a great deal but they have two for one drinks during there happy hour every Monday-Friday from 2-6 pm and drink specials after 6 as well. Now I’d say that is a deal!

Final Score: 14/15– The drinks were made to perfection, service was on key, and it was bustlin’ when we first arrived for lunch. The pomme frites are a great snack to go with a drink too. I’d highly recommend going to the Overlook Lounge next time you’re in the city, you won’t be disappointed! I know I’ll be heading there for happy hour  sometime!

– Small Chick 🙂