Tourism declines after the holiday season, but the city’s tourism office has a solution: Heavy discounts on hotels, theaters, activities, and restaurants. We’ve analyzed the best NYC winter getaway deals to create itineraries for New Yorkers of all stripes.
Before we get into the details, a few important notes: when making a reservation, make sure your discount is actually valid and check the dates to make sure your venue is participating in offers that day. Restaurant week prices do not apply on Saturdays, so prepare to pay full price. Participation on Sunday is optional. However, if you’re specifically looking for cheap meals, don’t worry: we’ve got a list for that. No matter what day of the week, be sure to tip well. finally be nice Keep in mind that these venues offer great deals and may serve additional customers as a result.
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For the foreigner
If you’re just visiting (or if you’re a New Yorker acting as a tour guide for visitors), you’ll want to hit the highlights.
- Stay: Whether you’ve taken the train, flown, or driven, travel can feel exhausting, so make your way to a hotel that rejuvenates. The Grayson Hotel is the place to be. It is centrally located in Midtown, just steps from Bryant Park and offers spectacular views. Also, the hotel is brand new, having only opened late last year, so it still has that super fresh feel.
- Meal: Tavern on the Green is a time-honored tradition for good reason. Nestled in Central Park on the Upper West Side, the ambience here is as special as the food. Restaurant Week earns you $60 in dinner Monday through Friday on select weeks.
- Do: The goal: to see as much of Manhattan as possible. To that end, we recommend taking advantage of NYC Must-See Week’s two-for-one deals. The New York City Photo Safari takes you to some of the city’s most famous attractions – and shows you the best ways to photograph these sights. Another great walking tour, the NYC Bagel Tour offers a glimpse into some of the city’s best bagel shops—and tons of carby goodness.
- See: Two-for-one tickets also get you to some of Broadway’s best shows right now. If you are traveling with children, Aladdin could just be the ticket. Or for a more adult-friendly show, the classic Chicago offers all that jazz.
For the person who never leaves Manhattan
If you refuse to leave Manhattan and want to stay put, consider visiting these lesser-known gems for a stay.
- Stay: Unless you work on Wall Street (and if you do, you probably don’t need a cheap hotel deal, let’s be honest) you probably haven’t spent much time in the historic corridors of Water and Wall Street. Stay at the Wall Street Hotel, a five star hotel where you can now score a whopping discount.
- Meal: For the true Staycation experience, why even leave the hotel? On the hotel’s ground floor, visit lively La Marchande, Chef John Fraser’s French brasserie. In addition to the $60 3-course meal, you can add vermouth on flight for $19.
- Do: You may think you’ve done it all, but think again. Chances are you haven’t seen ARTECHOUSE’s latest exhibition called MAGENTAVERSE (here’s our preview), and you can get discounted tickets to this purple paradise. For a drink, stop by Great Jones Distilling Co. for the only whiskey distillery tour in Manhattan.
- See: As a Manhattan native, you know there’s nothing more valuable than a rent-secured apartment, according to the dark comedy Between Riverside and Crazy will really resonate.
For the discoverer of the five boroughs
If you want to get out of your routine and see something new, grab your MetroCard and go.
- Stay: As the Ramones put it: Hitchhiking to Rockaway Beach. Sure, winter doesn’t seem like the ideal time for a beach vacation, but this stretch of coast is beautiful any time of the year, and the view from The Rockaway Hotel proves it. Plus, the Rockaway Hotel’s chic, laid-back design feels more California than Queens; Here you can live out all your coastal granny dreams.
- Meal: About 2 miles down the beach from The Rockaway Hotel is a taste of France at Bar Marseille. The Restaurant Week menu has fairly generous options, including French onion soup, salmon au poivre, steak frites, and chocolate mousse.
- Do: Book a tour of Forest Hills, Queens (where the Ramones were founded, by the way) with Jojo’s Ventures NYC, which offers 2-for-1 tickets. Speaking of tours, the Citi Field Tour (also discounted) is worth checking out even if you’re not a huge sports fan. The tour allows you to go behind the scenes at the stadium and see the Jackie Robinson Rotunda, the press conference room, and the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum.
For the culture connoisseur
Dive into all the culture NYC has to offer with this theater-themed list.
- Stay: Ideally located (at 7th Ave and 46th Street) for Broadway fans, stay at The Muse Hotel, where you’re just a five-minute walk from the Museum of Broadway and the theater district itself. This pet-friendly hotel also offers chic design and comfortable rooms.
- Meal: Get a taste of the islands without ever leaving midtown at Jasmine’s Caribbean Cuisine, which offers favorites like jerk wings, empanadas, coconut salmon, vegan options, and tropical drinks.
- Do: Just steps from your hotel, the newly opened Museum of Broadway explores everything from amazing costumes to Broadway history to fun photo ops. It’s a must for theater fans. The New York City Ballet always dazzles, and this winter is no exception. Choose from a variety of shows highlighting everything from Balanchine’s classic choreography to contemporary collaborations. Or if you want a more secretive experience, try a behind-the-scenes tour of Carnegie Hall.
- See: Did you see Kimberly Akimboh still? If not, now is your moment with these ticket deals. The upbeat musical received five stars from our theater critic.