What: Sure, everything in New York is more expensive, but a day in the city doesn’t have to render you penniless. Follow this itinerary for a fun, delicious, and affordable Manhattan experience.
Mode(s) of Transportation: subway, walking, taxi
Price Point: $
- Start: Breakfast/Brunch at Ess-A-Bagel (Midtown East)
- Subway (6) to: Explore (or take a free tour of) Grand Central Station – make sure to check out the Whispering Gallery (Midtown East)
- Walk to: Bryant Park and The New York Public Library (Midtown)
- Walk to: Walk up 5th Avenue or Avenue of the Americas and check out the Rockefeller Center (Midtown)
- Walk to: Lunch at 53rd & 6th Halal Cart (Midtown West)
- Walk to: Visit the Museum of Modern Art – free on Fridays between 4:00-8:00pm and always discounted for students, seniors, and government employees (Midtown West)
- Subway (M) to: Grab a slice from Artichoke Pizza and a roll from The Kati Roll Company (Greenwich Village)
- Walk to: A show at The Comedy Cellar – make reservations! (Greenwich Village)
Ess-A-Bagel: These humongous bagels are considered by some to be the best in NYC. They deliver, so if you don’t feel like leaving your hotel room, you can have your bagels brought right to your door! Well, to the hotel’s front entrance. (This photo was taken awhile ago; don’t worry, I’ve updated my phone since then.)
Artichoke Pizza: Get the artichoke slice – you won’t find it anywhere else!
53rd & 6th Halal Cart: There are dozens of halal carts in the city, but this one is by far the most famous. You’ll probably hear people referring to it as simply “chicken and rice”. The original one opens after 7pm and is located in front of the Hilton, but the one across the street opens earlier in the day and is operated by the same guys. Don’t worry, the food is just as good!