Cities on Sale: New York City

With average hotel rates down by over 15 percent, what are you waiting for?

A Rooftop Films screening overlooking the Hudson River
A Rooftop Films screening overlooking the Hudson River (Sarah Palmer/courtesy Rooftop Films)

ROOM BREAKS

Midtown
As part of its New York on Sale program (which runs until the end of the year), Hilton is unloading rooms for as low as $159 a night at the Hilton New York, near the Museum of Modern Art (1335 Ave. of the Americas, 877/692-4458, hilton.com), and $175 a night at the ritzy Waldorf Astoria New York by Rockefeller Center (301 Park Ave., 212/355-3000, waldorf.com).

Downtown
At the maritime-themed Jane hotel in the West Village—the former seamen's house once hosted survivors of the Titanic—150 of the 200 rooms are going for $99 a night (113 Jane St., 212/924-6700, thejanenyc.com). The new retro-inspired Ace Hotel, off Madison Square Park, has a $119-per-night Thrifter package through early September. The 250 rooms have playful details, such as chalkboard-paint walls guests are encouraged to scribble on (20 W. 29th St., 212/679-2222, acehotel.com).

All Around Town
Quikbook.com lists 200 NYC hotels with rates reduced by up to 60 percent; a recent search turned up a room for $149 a night at the beaux arts Dylan Hotel (quikbook.com).

DEALS ON MEALS

Best Breakfast
Why wait hours to get into Momofuku Ssäm Bar, owned by chef David Chang, when you can grab breakfast at his new Momofuku Bakery & Milk Bar? The place serves clever creations like "cereal milk" flavored with cornflakes (207 Second Ave., momofuku.com, from $4).

Celebrity Chef Specials
Tom Colicchio of Top Chef fame has launched Damon: Frugal Fridays in conjunction with his flagship Craft; dishes on the special menu by executive chef Damon Wise are $10 or less (47 E. 19th St., 212/780-0880, craftrestaurant.com). Colicchio's also cooked up a "Halfsteak" menu at Craftsteak—everything served in the front dining room, such as dry-aged steak, is under $15 (85 10th Ave., 212/400-6699).

ITINERARY IDEAS

City Beach Escape
The Water Taxi Beach, a strip of trucked-in sand with volleyball nets along the East River in Queens, is a quick boat ride from Midtown. Admission is free every day before 8 p.m. (watertaxibeach.com, opens May 25).

Lecture Circuit
The 92nd Street Y has an Afternoon Night Table series in which writers like poet Richard Wilbur talk about books stacked on their bedstands. If you're under 35, it's $10; those 35 and up pay an extra $12—lectures are normally $27 (1395 Lexington Ave., 92y.org).

Yoga Class
The Om Yoga Center near Union Square has an all-level Sunday morning class for $5, $13 off the regular fee (826 Broadway, 212/254-9642, omyoga.com).

Sample Sale
Clothingline stocks hip labels (Rag & Bone, Rogan) and heavy hitters (Vera Wang, Tory Burch) priced up to 80 percent off at its space in the Garment District (261 W. 36th St., clothingline.com).

Movies Under the Stars
Rooftop Films is an organization that turns city roofs into open-air cinemas. Unlike at the chains, the $9 ticket includes drinks and live music (rooftopfilms.com).

Let's Drink to That!
Every Thursday at The Anchor bar in SoHo, there's a $20 open bar from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (310 Spring St., 212/463-7406).

NEW YORK CITYPASS
What you get Entry to six sites that you'll actually want to visit, such as the Guggenheim Museum and the Empire State Building.

What it costs $79 for adults, $59 for kids 13–17.

Why it's worth it If you added up those six admission fees, they'd total about $142 per person. The best part: CityPass gives you nine days to see the sights. Plus, you get a 15 percent discount at Bloomingdale's (citypass.com).

BEHIND THE SAVINGS
  '08 '09
Average room rate $282 $237*
Restaurant week 10 days 46 days
Restaurants participating 224 254
* PROJECTED BY PKF CONSULTING

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