How to Do NYC on a Budget

Fun finds for $10 or less

nyc for $10 or less!

Living in NYC doesn’t come cheap. We scoured the Big Apple for finds that ring in at $10 or less.

1. Corner Bistro’s delicious, no-frills burger (just $9) is no secret — but Gotham West Market’s retro diner, Genuine Roadside, brings fierce competition with the super duper stack burger (double patties, American cheese, sweet pickles, special house sauce) for $10.

2. Warm up with a hearty bowl of French onion soup (topped by bagel-bread pudding croutons) for $9 from chef Amanda Freitag’s new neighborhood spot, Empire Diner.

3. Work off the calories during a high-intensity session (Monday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30 p.m.) at The People’s Bootcamp. Don’t sweat the pay-what-you-can price.

4. Spare yourself hundreds on expensive face wash and head to Catbird for a bar of the famed Swedish egg white facial soap, which soothes skin with hints of chamomile flower oil and lecithin. For just $1, it’s a beauty routine you can afford.

5. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Williamsburg’s small-batch ice cream purveyor, OddFellows Ice Cream Co., where $5 gets you double scoops of additive- and hormone-free flavors like gingerbread, peanut butter and jelly, and raspberry pink peppercorn.

nyc for $10 or less!

6. Invest $10 in a late-night laugh as the stars of Upright Citizens Brigade’s “Grandma’s Ashes: We Won’t Tell” spin your submitted secrets into a seriously comical improv show every Saturday night.

7. Few things make a hipster happier than a free festival. Join the fun on Friday and Saturday evenings at Greenpoint’s Brooklyn Night Bazaar, where independent vendors, chefs, and artists gather to the tune of live music.

8. Since when did the movies become a $20 ordeal? Head to Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill Cinemas to take in your favorite flicks (big names and indies) for an old-fashioned $8 every Tuesday and Thursday (and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday until 5 p.m.)

9. Don’t let the three-story climb scare you away from shelling out just $9 for a picture-perfect manicure at Soho Nails.

10. The borough’s latest live music venue, Rough Trade NYC, hosts free shows by up-and-coming artists. We plan on catching Cities Aviv before he blows up.


Photos: Lizzie Starr / Courtesy of Genuine Roadside; Ari Scott / Courtesy of Upright Citizens Brigade

210 10th Ave
bt 22nd & 23rd Sts
New York, NY 10011
458 W Broadway
bt Prince & Houston Sts
New York, NY 10012
165 Banker St
@ Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
939 8th Ave
bt 55th & 56th Sts
New York, NY 10017
64 N 9th St
bt Kent & Wythe Aves
Brooklyn, NY 11249
600 11th Ave
bt 44th & 45th Sts
New York, NY 10036
175 Kent Ave
bt N 3rd & N 4th Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11249
265 Court St
@ Butler St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
307 W 26th St
bt 8th & 9th Aves
New York, NY 10001
331 W 4th St
@ Jane St
New York, NY 10014
219 Bedford Ave
bt N 4th & N 5th Sts
Brooklyn, NY 11211