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Can It Be Done? Midtown Manhattan on a Budget

These great insider tips on navigating Midtown Manhattan on a budget were originally published by Seth Kugel on Frugal Traveler, his New York Times blog. (Can you guess what one of his tips is?)

A dish at Radicchio Pasta & Risotto Company, one of the Frugal Traveler's recommended dining spots for good food at good prices. Photo credit: www.radicchiopastaandrisotto.com.

The best way to save money in Midtown is to spend more time downtown — advice many a New Yorker has foisted upon visiting friends. But I spend enough time in other people’s cities to know that certain zones get tagged as tourist traps for a reason: they have attractions worth seeing. Such is the case in the heart of Manhattan.

Midtown is so full of marketing come-ons and overpriced souvenirs that many New Yorkers try to avoid it entirely. (Yes, I like comedy, but no, I don’t need to get asked as much by eight guys promoting clubs.) Being frugal in Midtown calls for more than a laundry list of $10 meals, strategies for cheap theater tickets, tricks to find affordable hotels and advice on discount passes (though those will help, too). It calls for a strategy.

Here is mine: Pay top dollar for what you’re dying to do, look for bargains elsewhere, and don’t do anything you could do anywhere else in the world, especially in your hometown. (I’m looking at you, McDonald’s.) Let’s break it down by areas of interest. Read more.

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