jb has a work training in NY this week and Leo and I tagged along. Three nights in a hotel right in Times Square is something our family couldn't afford on our own - so it's awesome that we are able to piggy back on this work trip.
It's really great being in the middle of all the action - but that means we are also in a sea of tourist traps. We still need to be mindful of our budget and food is one major expense we are trying to keep down. Here is our (still being tested) plan to keep our food expenses mangable:
1. Make a "grocery" trip at the drugstore on the corner and street fruit stands. We were able to score everything in the picture (plus some bananas and apples) for under $20 (did I mention I'm super impressed with the quality and prices of the Duane Reed generic brands?). Maybe not as healthy as an actual grocery trip at home - but we can supplement our meals with peanut butter sandwiches, dehydrated veggies and fruit. Our tiny hotel room doesn't have a fridge, so we filled one of the trash cans with ice from the ice machine to keep the milk (and yogurt not pictured) cold.
2. Do a little research on inexpensive gems. We have a short list of restaurants that come highly reviewed and offer meals under $10. For example, tonight's dinner was at Sapporo (upon the Village Voice's recommendation) and it was delicious, inexpensive (under $20) and fed all three of us comfortably.
3. NYC Rites of Passage. This is the not-so-healthy, but can't miss stuff. The 99 cent slice of cheese pizza or the hot dog from a cart (Leo's first - and probably last for a while). I'll just be sure to work in some extra veggies when we get home - hey, we are on vacation.
Any other tips to eat cheaply in Manhattan or on vacation in general?