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See New York for under $40 a day

The Big Apple. Exciting. Fast-paced. Expensive. At least, that's what you thought. It turns out seeing New York doesn't have to break the bank, in fact you could see it on less than $40/day. By following this itinerary you could have a thrilling long weekend, and money to spare.

Friday

Breakfast – Paris Baguette

This adorable bakery is located on Lexington Avenue and is known for its delicious pastries. Try their chocolate éclair for about $5.

Highline

This public park allows you access to the skies of the city, as well as some beautiful gardens. Built on a historic rail line elevated above the city, the park offers hours of entertainment and history for tourists. The line runs from the Meatpacking district all the way to 11th avenue and has no entrance fee to use.

Lunch – Lombardi’s Coal Oven Pizza

This famous pizza joint is famous for being America’s first pizzeria and therefore is a must for tourists. Come prepared, though, or pay a visit to then atm on site, since they only accept cash payment. Grab a small pizza for $18.50.

The Moma

With a museum as renowned as the MOMA, or Museum of Modern Art, you wouldn’t typically expect to get in free of charge. But, if you go on a Friday between 4 and 8 pm admission is exactly zero dollars. The museum currently has exhibitions on Picasso, local New York artists, and various other photography and sculpture artists. It is recommended that guests arrive after 6 pm on Fridays to avoid long lines, and leave any large bags at home as bags larger than 11x15x5” must be checked on arrival.

Dinner – Stardust Diner

No need to see a Broadway show, this diner’s wait staff is made up of future Broadway stars who sing and perform while serving, and will even dance on your table. The diner has a 1950’s vibe and serves delicious food until 1 am. Get a delicious meal for about $15.

Total – $38.50

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Saturday

Brunch – Mother’s ruin

This brunch spot is the perfect place to start off your second morning. The restaurant may lack the historical charm of some other restaurants in the city (it opened its doors in 2011), however, the food is still to die for. We recommend the Frenchie, challah French toast with poached pears and chai whipped cream for $11.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Spend your morning in peace and serenity at these lovely gardens. There are even gardens within gardens including an aquatic house, bonsai museum, desert pavilion, tropical pavilion and more. The gardens are only open until 4:30 pm so make sure you allow yourself plenty of time to explore.

Brooklyn Brewery (Free tours Saturdays and Sundays)

Since you’ll already be in Brooklyn, your next stop of the day should most definitely be the Brooklyn Brewery. This is the ultimate stop for beer lovers, no matter where you’re from. The tasting room is open from 12-8pm on Saturdays and there is a free tour offered every half hour. Make sure you try the Brooklyn Lager, the beer that started it all.

Dinner – The Golden Unicorn

If you are looking for authentic Chinese food that will really hit the spot the Golden Unicorn is a must. The restaurant has a very formal, elegant feel and is considered on of the better dim sum restaurants in New York. Make sure you get there early, or you may have a long wait ahead of you. Group dinners are $23/person

Total – $34.00

Sunday

Breakfast – Serendipity

Since 1954 this quaint cafe has been the answer to sweet-lovers prayers. Famous for their delicious frozen hot chocolate, Serendipity is the perfect place for breakfast on your last day in the city. We recommend you try Ftatateeta’s Toast, a French toast cream cheese sandwich with strawberries and apricot preserves, and a glass of frozen hot chocolate as your meal, for a grand total of $21.45

Central Park

You simply can’t go to New York without stopping for a stroll in Central Park! The park has it all from a zoo to a carousel to a castle! You may have seen it in countless movies and TV shows, but until you’ve seen the park in person you really haven’t experienced it. Pack a picnic for lunch and head out to explore.

Visit the 9/11 Memorial

While visiting the Big Apple you should consider taking some time to pay your respect to the twin reflection pools located at the former site of the Twin Towers. The names of every person killed in both the 1993 and 2001 attacks are engraved in the panels surrounding the pools. The memorial is a beautiful place to sit and reflect, as well remember any loved ones you may have lost in the attacks.

Dinner – Grand Central Oyster

Located in the lower level of the Grand Central Terminal, this restaurant has been serving seafood since 1913. Known for both its fresh seafood and fine wines, as well as its interesting location, this restaurant is the perfect place to dine on your final day in the city. Try the Oyster Stew for $12.95.

Times Square

If you go to NYC and don’t visit Times Square, did you really visit NYC? You simply can’t go without seeing the light up billboards, watching all the fabulous New York residents and of course, shopping! Pick up a few souvenirs while you’re there!

Total – $34.40

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