Looking for a weekend getaway? On a budget? This post is for you!
Today we present to you the “travel” post of Café con Leite. Summer is in full-effect but unfortunately, the wallet is not always on the same page. However, there are ways to enjoy yourself this summer, even when on a budget. One solution is a weekend in a nearby city.
As a Baltimore City resident (and enthusiast), New York City is a quick trip, only a four-hour drive away. The caveat to a weekend in NYC is the cost. This is how we enjoyed a 36-hour trip to NYC, while spending under $300.
Here is the breakdown:
- Bus Transportation: $40 round trip
- Coffee!: $14 (our favorite was Caffé Bene)
- Hotel (DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Metropolitan): $119/night
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Museum Tickets: $25 each
- Almuerzo at Zoralie Restaurant (Dominican Lunch): $30
- Pizza at “99¢ FRESH PIZZA“: $0.99 a slice or $8 for a whole pizza
- Luggage Storage: $4
- Lunch in Koreatown: $30
GRAND TOTAL: $270
First up is the necessary transportation. We decided to use gotobus (although I would not recommend). This was the cheapest option, at only $20 each way. For a cleaner and more comfortable trip, I would highly recommend Greyhound or MegaBus as an alternative.
Upon arrival, we checked into our hotel and headed over to the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), which has amazing exhibits. Sights included everything from Pablo Picasso to Frida Kahlo. If you are an art lover, you could definitely spend an entire day here.
The Day 1 Itinerary also included FREE sightseeing at the following locations:
- Times Square
- Rockefeller Center
We stopped for coffee at Caffé Bene along our sightseeing route. Their iced caramel macchiato was so good, I did not even have time to snap a picture! Fortunately, they have locations all around and seem to be growing rapidly (hint, hint).
One of the highlights of the day included an amazing lunch at Zoralie Restaurant. For $30 between two people, we stuffed ourselves on Mofongo and Chicharrones de Cerdo, washed down with some Morir Soñando. We will be making Zoralie Restaurant a stop on every NYC trip in the future. Important note: we are not paid to advertise them, their food was actually incredible.
For an added price, we also included the following on our evening agenda (optional of course):
- Dancing, Drinks, and Reggaeton at Cliff Lounge: $100
- Uber to and from the Bronx (for Cliff Lounge): $30
- Broadway Show: (prices vary and are expensive, but well worth it)
Even after a long night of dancing and a pizza stop, we managed to have an early start for Day 2. For a small fee of $4, we checked out and left our bags in luggage storage at the hotel to start the next adventures before our bus home.
- Central Park
- Empire State building
Although not as well-known as Chinatown, Koreatown is must-see if you are in the area. As an added plus, the street, known as Korea way, is lined with Korean cosmetic stores and restaurants. Needless to say, we stopped here for our lunch.
Capping off our weekend, we headed home on the not-so-nice gotobus, arriving home by nightfall.
As you can see, while relatively inexpensive, our 36 hours in NYC were packed with entertainment (and lots of walking).
Where will you be going this summer? Do you have any other must-sees in NYC?
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