Everyone wants to see everything that New York has to offer, but sometimes NYC can get a little expensive. Here are a few things you can do when you only have a couple of dollars in your pocket but still want to have some cheap fun.
#1 See A Comedy Show
You don’t have to break the bank to have a good laugh. Year-round, Groupon runs awesome deals on comedy shows, usually ranging from $4-$10 per ticket. Common venues include Dangerfield’s on the Upper East Side and Dark Horse Comedy in Lower Manhattan.
#2 Have A Fabulous Bowl of Mac & Cheese
Now boasting two locations (one in Murray Hill and one in the East Village) S’mac offers the ultimate dream, a restaurant dedicated to customizable macaroni and cheese bowls. A Nosh size will put you out about $7 but if you can’t resist, you can step up to a Major Munch for only a few dollars extra.
#3 Visit The Cupcake ATM
A west coast phenomenon, Sprinkles Cupcakes has finally come to NYC and has taken the Upper East Side by storm with its adorable cupcake ATM. With dozens of seasonal flavors and cupcakes starting at about $3 this ATM may be the first one you won’t mind maxing out.
#4 Visit A Museum
There are plenty of ways to visit a NYC museum for cheap. Several of the best known museums including the Met and the Museum of Natural History are pay-as-you-please while several more niche museums including the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of the Moving Image offer free admission on certain days.
#5 Enjoy $5 Tapas and Sangria
A gem on the corner of Bank Street, Barraca runs a $5 special on all of their delicious sangria flavors during brunch hours as well as $5 sangria and $5 tapas on Friday evenings. Especially delightful are the Valencia and Mancha flavors.
#6 Visit Governor’s Island
One of NYC’s hidden treasures, Governor’s Island is a tiny oasis off the coast of lower Manhattan that frequently hosts cheap or free music festivals and art shows. Or if you don’t want to wait for an event, you can have a picnic on the lush, green lawns. Ferries leave every 30 minutes across the street from South Ferry and are typically $2.