Living just outside New York City and making frequent trips into the city to explore has allowed me the privilege of discovering what are now a few of my favorite spaces to pass the time, connect with friends, and spend a romantic date with my hubby. While NYC has much to offer, enjoying a bite of the Big Apple can be costly. Below is a guide to enjoying the best of NYC without breaking the bank.

Brooklyn Bridge – Taking a stroll up and down the Brooklyn Bridge offers romantic views of the city in addition to fantastic photo opportunities. The bridge is often overlooked and yet considered one of New York City’s most underrated sites to visit.

The High Line (thehighline.org)– This attraction is newer on the scene so if you haven’t visited New York City in a few years, this is a must. Located in the hip neighborhood of Chelsea, an abandoned freight rail line was converted to a park, offering pedestrians the chance to enjoy green gardens above the hustle of the city streets.

Staten Island Ferry – One of the best features of New York City is its breathtaking skyline. However, one seldom gets to enjoy the cityscape, while spending time in the city. A trip on the sea offers a different perspective on the city that you won’t want to miss.

Paddleboat in Central Park – One of the more romantic activities to be taken advantage of is a paddleboat ride in Central Park. Sitting quietly on the water and taking in the park as skyscrapers peak over the trees is a perspective unlike any other. In addition, you will likely share a few laughs as one or both of you navigates the boat…it is more difficult than you would think!

The Metropolitan Museum of Art + Bar – Looking for a little culture? The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers art for every taste. Some tourists say they could spend a week in this one museum alone. The exhibits are exquisite and host many famed pieces. In addition, their rooftop bar is the perfect place to end an afternoon at the museum, enjoying your favorite glass of wine overlooking the park.

Meatball Shop (the meatballshop.com) – With a few locations scattered throughout the city, this fun establishment offers a dynamic menu with a variety of delicious meatballs. If you are traveling in a group, this restaurant is a crowd-pleaser meeting, providing gluten-free and vegetarian options on the menu and the prices are right for a fun and cost-effective meal in the city.

The Boathouse Bar – Don’t have a coveted reservation at the famed Boathouse Restaurant in Central Park? No worries! What many don’t know is just outside the front doors, the restaurant offers a bar with a dock patio overlooking the pond. Settling down for a drink by the water with friends is the perfect break from a busy day of site seeing in the city

Shake Shack – Having lived on the West Coast my entire life until a few years ago, I am loyal to the favorite In-N- Out when it comes to a good fast-food burger. However, East Coasters have given the well-known chain a run for it’s money with Shake Shack. The fast-food restaurant is so popular, you are likely to wait in a long line. However, New Yorkers claim it is well worth it!

Murray’s Bagels (murraysbagels.com)– There is no shortage of fine bagel shops in New York City. However, Murray’s Bagels never fails to rise to the top of the list every time. Locals and tourists alike enjoy the freshly baked treats from this downtown joint. For an inexpensive meal on the run, this local bagel shop is a must!

Wherever you might live, a trip to New York City is always a good idea!

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