New York City doesn’t have to be expensive, when you know where to look. Be a NYC cheapskate with this insider’s guide to some of the best things the best city in the world has to offer for just one buck.
Food, fun, games, even museum admission, for just $1.
Pizza – grab a slice for just 99 cents at one of these 99 cent pizza joints, most of them open until midnight.
Books – get an airplane read, rainy day read or beach read for just $1 at sale racks outside the Strand Bookstore.
Pickles – the olden days of a pickle for a nickel are gone, but a fat, juicy one is still a buck or less at The Pickle Guys on the Lower East Side, or from their booth at one of NYC’s many street fairs. Make mine a full sour, and pucker up, baby.
- SEE our list of best Jewish delis in NYC, because nothing goes with a pickle like an overstuffed corned beef or pastrami on rye.
Carousel – get a ride for $1 on the Riverbank State Park carousel. The view of the Hudson River is FREE.
- SEE our list of best NYC carousels in all 5 boros
Arcade games – get four old-fashioned games for $1 at Barcade in Chelsea.
Mini-Burgers – get an Angus beef burger slider from 123 Burger Shot Beer on Tenth Ave. and 50th St. Beers are $2.
Cosmetics and hair accessories – get brand name lipstick, mascara, nail polish and more for $1 at Lot-Less, with locations on Chambers and Fulton Streets and Midtown near the Port Authority Bus Terminal. It’s the NYC version of Family Dollar Stores.
Spices and teas – get great food bargains at another NYC close-outs discounter, Jack’s 99-Cent Store, with multiple locations around town. Aother NYC version of Family Dollar Stores.
Museum admission – go on “pay what you wish” days, and if you wish to pay just $1, that’s okay. Except at the Met Museum, which has instituted a mandatory $25 admission fee for visitors who don’t live in NYC or NY State and have the ID to prove it.
- SEE the NYCOTC list of museums and museum days.
Sushi – Tuna, yellowtail, eel and more are just $1 each at Nori, in the West Village. You’ll need to order at least eight at dinner to get the deal. Find more $1 food on Serious Eats
Coffee – This FREE app lets you get a cup of coffee for just $1 at some of the best coffee shops in town.
Okay, that was eleven. But who is counting.
Find more freebies and deals on the NYCOTC Always Free page of what’s always free in NYC.
Got a great $1 deal you’d like to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll check it out.
This list was published originally in spring 2017 and has been updated for spring 2018.