New York is expensive, but there are ways to have an upscale getaway without paying premium prices. Hotel room prices in New York are highest from September to the first week of November, and from Thanksgiving to New Year. They’re also high in the spring and summer. In early November and from January through early March, however, they drop by around 20 percent. The city’s hotel industry is driven by business travelers so nightly weekday rates at upscale hotels are as much as $150 more than weekend rates.
If high-end dining is a priority for you, plan your visit during Restaurant Week (usually at the end of January through early February, and at the end of July through early August), when a three-course lunch at some of the city’s finest restaurants is $29 and a three-course dinner is $42. And, at any time of the year, many pricey restaurants like Estiatorio Milos offer comparatively affordable prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, usually during certain hours.
Relying on taxis or car services for transportation can add up to $100 or more a day. Take the subway or walk instead. The NYC Ferry: a one-way ride is $2.75, and the boats have Instagram-worthy views of the skyline. If a car is a must, try the ride-sharing app Via, whose rides are usually a moderately priced $5 to $7 a person.