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New York City on $40 a Day

Here at Ahoy we used to be huge fans of the Food Network show, $40.00 a day. On the show, Rachael Ray would go on a one day trip to various cities around the world and have a limited budget of $40.00. With the $40.00, she would enjoy three meals and sample the best of the local cuisine. New York City has a reputation of not necessarily being a “cheap” place to visit, but it sure does have some great bargains and we are certain that in one day you can sample some of the best cuisine that NYC has to offer on your own $40.00 budget. Here are some suggestions. Enjoy!

Doughnut Plant
– 379 Grand Street
You can’t get off to a better start to the day than with a doughnut and coffee from the Doughnut Plant, which would cost a little less than $6. We especially recommend the coconut cream filled and triple chocolate doughnuts. After your breakfast, it is a just short walk to Little Italy and Chinatown.

Another option:

Baked Pork Bun and Coffee from Mei Li Wah Bakery – 64 Bayard St: $2

Crif Dog
– 113 Saint Marks Pl
No trip to New York City is complete without a good hot dog and you can get some of the best at Crif Dogs. The Crif Dogs only set you back $2.75 each so lunch should be less than $10. After lunch you can visit the East Village by strolling to St Marks Place or Astor Place. The subway is also about 3 or 4 blocks away so you can easily navigate to your next destination in NYC.

Another option:
Roast Beef Sandwich from This Little Piggy Had Roast Beef – 149 1st Ave: $7.50

St. Anselm
– 355 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
New York City is also known for their steakhouses. It may seem impossible but yes, there are bargains to be found in some of these establishments. The popular Butcher’s Steak from St. Anselm (in Williamsburg, only a short subway ride away) is a juicy grilled hangar steak in garlic butter. The best part is that it only costs $15. With a side of their pan-fried mashed potatoes with truffle oil, dinner with tip and tax should be about $25.

Another Option:
Steamed Skate from Mercer Kitchen – 99 Prince St: $25