Happy hours in NYC are endless – especially in the summer! Here are some of my recent favs.


That hit the spot! #nomnomnom #nyceats #cuban

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I recently celebrated my one month work anniversary. Looking back, I wondered how I spent my free time? Luckily, Instagram captured it all. And now I feel like a fat ass.

Before I moved back to NYC, I made a mental list of all the people I wanted to catch up with. When I was younger, hanging out meant going to the mall, shooting pool, watching a movie or going bowling. Now that I’m old(er), hanging out means one of three things: 1) eating, 2) drinking or 3) eating AND drinking.

As a young professional, happy hours in NYC are essential. Unlike many places, Favela Cubana isn’t stingy with their $6 happy hour mojitos. And their $6 happy hour food specials make it so easy for me to decide what to order – one of everything! I wish it worked that way for the rest of the menu.

Bibimbap and Korean BBQ are excellent munchies after a night of drinking. And on a blistering hot summer day, Pimm’s Cup anyone? Homemade sushi is also a great alternative to cooking up a storm in this summer heat. But sometimes all I really want is some delicious carbs and fresh salad, and some chocolate macaroon ice cream sandwich from the Francois Payard Bakery.


Monica reflects on her travels by sharing her thoughts on A Cup of Moca. She writes about her journey as she experiences the destination to encourage others to marinate in the moment instead of just checking things off a bucket list.