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New York On Any Budget

New 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 and stick close to downtown neighborhoods that offer the best value for the money:

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 a hefty price, or get on the Staten Island Ferry which runs about every twenty minutes and costs nothing for a round trip. Yes, the Staten Island Ferry has been free for years. Upon arrival in Staten Island, have your camera ready for some great shots of the New York skyline from the harbor... and 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! Believe it or not, you can spend a whole day enjoying Staten Island tourist attractions offering swimming, horseback riding, picnicking, cultural centers, parks and even a zoo.

Wander back up to the South Street Seaport after your ferry ride and discover Old New York. Here you can check out lots of free entertainment in the form of street entertainers with food pushcarts everywhere dispensing everything from pretzels to hot dogs to shish kebab. The area also comes complete with modern day shops and restaurants. great for any seafood lover. If fish isn't what you had in mind, the area also offers an array of international cuisine.

In the mood for Italian? Head straight for Little Italy, which for all intents and purposes has been relegated to one city block - Mulberry Street - lined with authentic Italian restaurants offering indoor and outdoor dining al fresco at bargain prices.

If 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 Center area.

Chinatown restaurants offer so many good, inexpensive dishes that you can take your pick. (That said, check the menu before you go in, some of the more popular places can be expensive.) 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.

More resources to cheap eats in New York:

Citysearch New York Restaurant Guide

Open Table New York Restaurant Reservations Guide


also see -> Ruth's Chris Steak House | Le Parisien Bistro | 9th Avenue Food Festival

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