New York City On A Budget


If you want to have a night out in New York City you should be prepared for sticker shock. A survey taken by a dating service in 2000 showed the average cost of dinner and a movie for two to be around $135. It doesn’t have to be that costly. The locals know all of the best places to go for a good time, without having to take out a personal loan.

Britain introduced us to the gastropub, where we could dine on pub foods in an ale drinking atmosphere. Now there is the gastrodive to further confuse us. The Commodore, located in Williamsburg, is a wonderful combination of bar and restaurant where you can find old arcade games, a can of Schlitz, and old music. The menu includes a flaky catfish fillet on a grilled sesame seed roll, and “pork du jour”, this is a mix of slaw, barbecued pork, and pinto beans on a soft roll. You can also get such fare as fried chicken and fries. The average cost of a main course is $9, you won’t find that very often, even outside New York City.

Weather permitting, you won’t want to miss the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, founded in 1919, the garden boasts thousands of plants, including over 70 cherry trees that bloom each spring just in time for the Sakura Matsuri Festival. There is a Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, as well as the Shakespeare Garden filled with flowers such as crocuses and primrose that have been mentioned in many of his works. The garden is wheelchair and stroller friendly, and is perfect for a leisurely afternoon stroll. The price is a modest $10, $5 for students and seniors, and free for children under 12.

While admittedly New York can be an expensive town to party in, you can find many things to do that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

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