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How to eat in NYC’s best restaurants for under $50

Are you a cash-strapped foodie who’s dying to eat at one of New York’s best restaurants? We got you covered—and for $50 or less. Even the most celebrated restaurants sometimes let you snag the best dishes at affordable prices if you know when to go. So whether you’re in the mood for amazing French restaurants, or fantastic Italian restaurants, plan ahead and take advantage of these lunch deals, bar menus and pre-theater specials.


Midtown West

Nougatine at Jean-Georges: Jean-Georges is another heavy-hitter that has received accolades for years, but you don’t have to break the bank just to taste the savory French cuisine cooked in the kitchen. Nougatine, the famed restaurant’s adjoining casual dining room (which still has spectacular views of Central Park), serves hearty lunch entrees like veal and roasted organic chicken for just over $30, but the real deal is the $38 three-course lunch prix fixe that includes appetizers like tuna tartare and shrimp salad and entrees like black bass and lobster burger with gruyere.


UPPER WEST SIDE

Gramercy Tavern: The establishment that helped solidify Danny Meyer's standing as one of the city’s most influential restaurateurs 20 years ago is still serving its famous prix fixe menu in the main dining room, but in the lively, less-fuss tavern portion, a la carte rules. Menu items that will likely get any foodie’s mouth watering, like meatballs with swiss chard and lentils, grilled lamb with garlic butter and duck Andouille, are all served for less than $40. Avoid the dinner rush to get a seat—the tavern does not take reservations—and go ahead and spend as close to your $50 limit as you like. Since this is a no-tipping restaurant, hospitality is included.


Nyc Hotels With The Best Free Stuff

The high price of New York might get you down, but it doesn’t have to be that way when you check into these NYC hotels with the best free stuff. What if we told you there’s a prize behind the door of many of the Manhattan’s great hotels: free perks for hotel guests only—and we’re talking about more than the best spa hotels or hotels with indoor pools. These don’t even have to be the most over-the-top hotels in NYC. We found everything from swank toiletries (Le Labo at the Park Hyatt, anyone?) to free gym admission at Crunch (The Standard, East Village) and free snacks, wine, breakfasts, not to mention car rides. In fact, make the right choice, and you’ll be getting more perks for less money than if you stayed home.


Here are a few of our favorites;


POD 51ST STREET: If you’re the kind of traveler who would love to get an inside look at local neighborhoods, but would never pony up for a guided tour, you’re in for a treat. These low-budget, high-style hotels offer free customized walking tours by Streetwise, a group of tour guides that oonlight as comedians, several times a week, at a $200 value! The tours immerse guests in local neighborhoods offering insider looks at everything from the best local eats ($1 for 6 dumplings!) to where to find the most interesting street art.

The Bowery Hotel: Citi Bike fees? Please. That doesn’t apply to you. Stay at this hip, downtown property and you’ll have complimentary use of sleek Firmstrong Urban Beach Cruisers to tour the city. These chic, three-speed peddlers are even equipped with a wooden crate to hold picnic goodies or boutique finds.

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