City On Any Budget
Manhattan skyline from the Staten Island ferry.
York City is a vacationer's paradise. True, it can
be expensive, but even on a limited budget you can
have a great time, see all the sights, eat at exotic
restaurants, and still have enough money left over
to take in a show. The secret is to follow the lead
of the natives.
Do you want to see the Statue of Liberty? You can
wait on line for up to two hours to take the ferry
to Liberty Island for $7.00, or get on the Staten
Island Ferry which runs about every twenty minutes
and costs nothing for a round trip. The Staten Island
Ferry has been free for years.
your camera ready for some great shots of the New
York skyline from the harbor... Wave at Lady Liberty
as you sail past her... Get a hot dog and soda at
the snack bar, and for under $10.00 you've had a great
sightseeing adventure and lunch!
Wander back up to the South Street Seaport after your
ferry ride and discover Old New York, complete with
modern day shops and restaurants. Supplied by the
landmark Fulton Fish Market, which has been moved
to the Bronx, these restaurants are great for any
seafood dish. If fish isn't what you had in mind,
New York offers an array of international cuisine.
della Fontana at 368 Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village
is a favorite Italian eatery. The food is good and
the glass-enclosed garden makes for a romantic dinner
and with the price per person around $25.00 it's a
real bargain. After dinner take in the sights and
"people watch" in Greenwich Village... a
great way to walk off the pasta.
Benny's Burritos at 113 Greenwich Avenue is a fun
place to sample Mexican food and people watch at the
same time. With margaritas the price will be below
$20.00 each for healthy portions. The service and
décor aren't the best in town, but it's a fun
at 117 Second Avenue in the East Village offers Ukrainian
food at under $15.00 each. They are open 24 hours
and serve up traditional herring salad, blintzes,
challah, pierogies and borscht. This is no place for
dieters, but a real treat for hearty eaters.
you want to sample real New York Pizza try John's
Pizzeria. Pizza is a mainstay in the New Yorker's
diet and the "best" in New York is a hotly
debated topic. The thin crust and brick oven baking
make this one of the main contenders. The original
downtown location at 278 Bleecker Street is in Greenwich
Village. There's also one at 48 W. 65th Street. A
great place to find an inexpensive meal in the Lincoln
Chinatown offers so many good, inexpensive places
to eat that you can take your pick. The hints are
to look for the places where you see locals eating
or where you see a line forming. If you want a truly
oriental dining experience, try letting the waiter
recommend a specialty. Check the menu before you go
in, some of the more popular places can be expensive.
If you plan on splurging for fine dining, New York
is the place to be. Aureole at 34 E. 61st Street is
at the top of many lists. The food is New American,
the service is European. Dinner is prix fixe $63 ($85
for the tasting menu). Charles Palmer's restaurant
gets rave reviews from the entrees to the desserts.
If you can only try one fine dining experience during
your stay, make it this one.
sure that you call well in advance for reservations
at any of these restaurants and always check the prices
since they can change quickly.
New York Restaurant Guide
City New York Restaurant Guide
Tourist Restaurant Guide
The Village Voice New York Restaurant Guide