Post # 1
My best friend (& BM) and I are heading to NYC for a few days in July in order to be complete losers when the supposed North American premiere of HP7 pt 2 comes out, and I was wondering what you would suggest we do to fill up the rest of the time?
We are on a budget, so there will likely be no ‘touristy’ things, except for maybe stopping at some famous stores (I’m thinking Dylans Candy Store and that incredible Toy Store), and we have a place to stay, but as for food and what not, I’m at a loss.
Post # 3
If you stop by FAO try out Pop Burger which is right across the street. A touristy thing that’s pretty cheap is riding the ferry. Take trip on the Staten Island Ferry. I love that Ferry! It’s free!
Inthe theater district try Carmine’s. It looks expensive but the portions are huge. Share a dish and you’ll still have leftovers.
Little Korea is in the 30’s for some good Korean bbq.
Umm… that’s all I have for now.
Post # 4
– Central Park is free
– Staten Island ferry (as mentioned) is free
– Walking across the Brooklyn Bridge is free
– Walking through Times Square (while terribly touristy) is free
– Visiting the New York Public Library and Grand Central Station are free
– almost all museums are pay what you wish
– Check out Time Out New York as they have a lot of “budget busters” ideas
Food: I don’t have a ton of budget suggestions for food, because honestly everything here is more expensive than elsewhere. Au Bon Pain, Cafe Metro and Pax are some decent chains that offer a variety of food for reasonable prices. You can do most meals for under $15. I would just do some research on OpenTable and Yelp to find restaurants that are $ or $$ and then look at the menu. I would also look into VillageVines, LivingSocial and Groupon to see if there are any meal-deals in NYC. On LivingSocial and Groupon, you can sometimes buy discounts and $50 worth of food and drink for $25, though it doesn’t cover tax and tip.
Post # 5
Thanks to you both – this is making me so excited!
Post # 6
Go to Highline Park
Stop by any street fair (there will be a ton)
Go to Battery Park where you can just hang out and look at the statue of liberty from far away
Post # 7
Most of my suggestions were already mentioned.
FYI, Central Park is huge and depending on the area, can be surprisingly pretty. There are grassy areas, there are paths, there’s a lot. You could spend a day walking through the park, go to a museum (the Met, Guggenheim or MOMA are on the east side). You could finish with visiting Dylan’s and the apple store on 59th. Then go for dinner somewhere else.
The South St Seaport at the tip of Manhattan is a pretty area to walk in.
Times Square & 42nd St are worth visiting but very crowded.
You can pick a neighborhood and walk though it & do some window shopping. Some fun areas are Greenwich Village, the East Vllage, maybe even Williamsburg Brooklyn.
For food, there are a lot of inexpensive ethnic restaurants. You could also try street carts if you are feeling adventurous.
Post # 8
Tuesday’s at Cooper Door (21&3rd Ave) $11 for 2 burgers
Sunday’s at Mayhueal (6th and 2nd Ave) $1 tacos
S’mac (12th and 1st Ave) all different kinds of Mac n Cheese!
Brunch @ Cafe Orlin (St Mark’s and 2nd Ave) $13.50 gets you brunch, oj and cap/tea
Don’t pay more than $2 for a hot dog and $1 for water @ ANY hot dog stand!
Cucina di Pesce (4th and 2nd Ave) has 2 for 1 drinks AND apps AND free mussles M-F til 8pm
Post # 9
My husband and I are both teachers so we have the summers off. Here are some things we like to do for free or cheap in the city:
Places to go that are free on certain days or suggested donation at all times or just plain Free.
- Central park (f),
- cloisters (sd),
- metropolitan museum of art (sd),
- museum of natural history (sd),
- brooklyn museum (focd),
- brooklyn botanical gardens
- (focd), bronx zoo (focd),
- new york botanical gardens (focd),
- bike riding at govenors island (free bike rentals the first hour on wkends and free ferry ride at all times on wkends),
- walk brooklyn bridge (f)
- riverside park (f)
- Museum of modern art (free on friday evenings)
- biancas on bleeker street (italian)
- Mark on St. Mark place (excellent sliders with the bestest espresso milk shake)
- agozar on bowery street (tapas and drink specials)
- arte cafe on the upper west side
- Nick’s burgers on the upper west side
Post # 10
ooh Bekeret in the Lower East Side. It’s turkish food and it’s AMAZING! Get the donor sandwhich with feta cheese and add oil and vinegar and don’t forget to try their Baklava! to die for!!!!!
I had a hard time with the parting of that place when I left NYC.
Post # 11
This is the thing I recommend anytime tourists ask me what to do in NYC on a budget and they’ve already done the musuems and walks and such: TV TAPINGS.
Tickets are free, although sometimes hard to get and usually tape Mondays-Thursdays. But shows like Letterman and the Colbert Report do day of Stand-by tickets. Also Fallon, the Daily Show and a few others tape during the summer. I think it’s something different that you can’t just do anywhere and it’s free and fun. I think I’ve been to like every taping in NY if you need any tips on how to score tix.
Also if you want to drink for cheap and atmosphere isn’t a big deal to you check out 123 burger shot beer in Hells Kitchen. $1 burgers (although they are more like white castle sliders) $2 shots (fun flavors although watered down like crazy) and $3 beers (good selection for the price.)
If you’re drinking anywhere, try and do it during a happy hour (usually between 5 and 7 give or take an hour) because the prices are way better.
Post # 12
It might be kind of dead in the city in July since most people go to their summer homes, esp on weekends. But there are always street fairs going on, in Soho lots of artists sell paintings on the street which is fun to look at. I also like to walk through Chinatown which is fun and there are several inexpensive places to eat. You can make a picnic and bring it to Sheeps Meadow in Central Park, whoever isn’t at a beach house is probably hanging out there.