Around these parts, spring is in the air-ish. We’ve had a couple warm-weather teaser days that have us itching to get out and do stuff. To hold us over until the warmth is here to stay, we’ve been solidifying some of our plans for spring and summer road trippin’.
One destination we’ve got on our list is NYC for a few days. We’ve got some close friends to visit and bunk with, and Johnny and I are excited to revisit our old neighborhood while we’re there with our new little chubby companion. And if you’ve read even one post on this here blog, you know our fave stuff to do is inexpensive — cause that’s how we roll. So I wanted to share what we’ll be doing on the cheap in NYC so you (and your wallet) can benefit the next time you head to The Big Apple.
Fave Food Spots
Biryani Cart: $6/meal
We will most definitely be getting some kati rolls from the biryani cart located on 46th and 6th. Johnny held out on me big time and ate here for months before taking me. Their kati rolls are like Indian burritos that are spicy little devils, but they’re also so full of yumminess that once you pop, you just can’t stop.
Halal Food Cart: $6/meal
If you’ve never had halal food, it’s Middle Eastern fare that’s known for its lamb over rice meal with a yogurt-based sauce. And if you’ve never had street food, it’s food that’s cooked and served on the street. It’s probably as dirty as it sounds, but it’s some goooood stuff. There are lots of halal carts in NYC, but there’s one that rises far above the rest (to us anyway). It’s located on 53rd and 6th from 7:30pm to 4:00am. The line starts long before the cart is open for business, but it’s the fastest moving line you ever did see. Johnny and I have eaten there many times, but the best was at 1:00am after a summer concert at The Bowery.
Shake Shack: $5/burger
I’d be embarrassed to admit how many times Johnny and I ate Shake Shack while we lived in NYC, but we got to know that place real good. And it’s been calling my name ever since we left. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, their daily frozen custard flavors are perfection in a tiny cup (or massive cup :)).
Central Park: $0
Central Park is an obvious destination, but it’s ginormous, and Johnny and I have our favorite parts. The path around The Reservoir is a beautiful one to walk (or run). It’s the perfect mix of nature with a cityscape backdrop. We also love entering the park by the Met and picnicking on The Great Lawn. I’m sure we’ll also stroll through the Mall and work our way to the Boathouse to admire the many people in row boats who don’t know how to operate paddles and crash their vessels. I love me some Central Park.
The Met: $5/each
The Met is our favorite NYC museum (and not just because it’s near our old stomping grounds in the Upper East Side). I could have gone there every weekend and just gotten lost inside. The admittance charge is $20, but unbeknownst to many tourists, that’s just the suggested donation amount. You can get in for free if you want. Johnny and I usually paid $5, though I once didn’t pay a cent when I went with some friends. I’m pretty sure they thought I was the cheapest person ever. We’ll be hitting up the Met on our trip down memory lane for sure.
Brooklyn Bridge: $0
We’ve walked the Brooklyn Bridge in the evenings on several occasions and loved it every time. It’s big and old and provides some really Instagram-worthy views. And although we didn’t include Grimaldi’s in DUMBO as a favorite food spot, it’s our favorite pizza.
Top of the Rock: $25/each
While we were in NYC, Johnny and I never made it to the Top of the Rock. All our friends insisted its view was hands-down better than the Empire State Building during the day (and that the Empire State Building is best at night). We’re excited to check it out on our trip!
Just writing about our favorite haunts is making me impatient for our NYC trip in a few months. You still think a good time in NYC has to break the bank? Fuhgeddaboudit.
Are you hankering for a trip to the city that never sleeps? We’d love to hear some of your favorite eats/destinations in NYC!