New York City on a Budget – Places to Stay, See, Eat and Drink

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With a breathtaking skyline and city scape recognized the world over, New York City is easily one of the most famous cities in the world. As such, millions of tourists descend on America’s east coast of America each year to experience the Big Apple first-hand.

However, with so much to see and do, the expenses can soon pile up during any visit to New York. In addition to renowned attractions like the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty and Times Square, most tourists will be keen to explore notable boroughs such as Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Even so, there are numerous ways to save money on sightseeing, eating, drinking and places to stay.

Somewhere to Hang Your Hat

Finding and booking somewhere to stay in New York isn’t always easy. What’s more it tends to be fairly expensive. Nevertheless, you can find accommodation at hotels in New York for an affordable price and alternative accommodation options are never too far away either.

Firstly, find a few hotels you really like and sign up to their mailing lists. This way you might receive some special offers, such as free nights or discounted rates for off-peak times of the year.

Alternatively, you may need to compromise on the type of accommodation, location, space or private bathrooms. The standard of some hostels is better than you might think. Staying in a spare room or couch surfing is also a holiday experience that differs from the norm.

See and Save

Visiting the biggest, best tourist traps is understandable: returning home without photos of you next to New York’s most popular sights is somewhat that can’t be done. However, there are several free or cheap attractions that you shouldn’t miss and will allow you to capture what this magical city is all about.

Central Park is bound to be on the to-do list, so while you’re there consider renting a boat and head out onto the lake for a truly serene afternoon. As the evening draws in, visit the nearby Trump Wollman Ice Rink, which has been open for over 50 years, and skate away the night.

You may also want to look into purchasing a discounted New York Pass. This will give you access to more than 70 different attractions over a period of one, two, three or seven days.

More to read: Top 50 things to do and to see in New York City

Grabbing a Bite to Eat (and Drink!)

Apparently there are enough restaurants in New York for one person to eat out every night for 54 years and never visit the same place twice. To put it another way, even if you’re on a budget you’ll still have more than plenty of options when it comes to eating out.

In recent years, the food truck scene has exploded, with mobile eateries making their way round the most populous boroughs throughout the week.

Alternatively, take a trip to one of the numerous delis dotted all over the city for a mouth-watering and quintessential New York sandwich stuffed with cured pastrami and mammoth cuts of corned beef.

1 thought on “New York City on a Budget – Places to Stay, See, Eat and Drink”

  1. I love visiting NYC but it does usually end up costing more than I’d anticipated so always good to read about ways to make it cheaper!


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