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NYC Winter Outing: A Budget-Friendly Visit to the Big Apple

by Jill Gleeson
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Jan 30, 2019
The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building  (Source:Julienne Schaer)

There's never a bad time to visit New York City, but right now might be the best time of all, thanks to NYC Winter Outing. For the first time ever, NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Broadway Week and NYC Must-See Week are taking over the Big Apple together.

Now through February 10, the programs will offer considerable savings to only-in-New-York adventures including Broadway shows, culinary experiences and iconic museums and attractions. Tickets and reservations are ongoing, and there are even themed mini itineraries featured on the Winter Outing site. Check out what each program has to offer and begin planning your incredibly economical getaway to the world's greatest city.


NYC Restaurant Week
The legendary 21 Club.  

NYC Restaurant Week

Now in its 27th year NYC Restaurant Week serves up the opportunity to savor two-course prix-fixe lunches and brunches for $26 and three-course prix-fixe dinners for $42, the kind of prices that are seldom seen at New York City eateries.

Nearly 400 establishments across all five boroughs are serving up the deal, including 26 new participants, such as Brooklyn Chop House, which opened in September in the Financial District.

Or, hit up a legend like The Russian Tea Room, founded in 1927 by members of the Russian Imperial Ballet, and a favorite since of the most glittering stars in the world, including Madonna, who once worked there as a coat check girl.

"NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2019 epitomizes the quality, variety and hospitality that makes New York City one of the restaurant capitals of the world," said Tracy Nieporent, partner and director of marketing for Myriad Restaurant Group and chairman of the Restaurant Committee for NYC & Company. "We look forward to welcoming our guests with warm greetings as they enjoy over 33 hearty international cuisines in 41 neighborhoods this winter."


NYC Broadway Week
"The Prom" on Broadway.  (Source:Deen van Meer)

NYC Broadway Week

No other city in the world has anything quite like The Great White Way, and the biannual NYC Broadway Week is now giving New Yorkers and visitors alike the chance to snare two-for-one tickets to 24 acclaimed shows. Since its launch in January 2011, the program has sold a total of more than 1,225,000 tickets, generating nearly $84 million in revenue for the 87,000 strong Broadway community.

"Broadway is synonymous with New York City and NYC Broadway Week is an exciting way to discover and experience the world's best theater at an extraordinary value," said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company.

Along with long-celebrated plays like Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-nominated True West, now starring performing powerhouses Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano, there are a wealth of musicals offering two-for-one tickets. New LGBTQ favorite The Prom, which opened on Broadway in October, is a good bet for a good time, with Tony Award- nominee Brooks Ashmanskas, Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel and two-time Tony Award-nominee Christopher Sieber leading the 27-person cast.


NYC Must-See Week
Van Gogh's "The Starry Night."  (Source:Museum of Modern Art)

NYC Must-See Week

New York City is more than incredible restaurants and brilliant Broadway shows — it also offers can't-miss attractions. NYC Must-See Week, now in its third year, has blown up big-time and is now dishing out 2-for-1 admission to 57 unique experiences, including historical locations, culturally diverse museums, amazing tours, sightseeing cruises, various performances and more.

"NYC Must-See Week gives locals and visitors inspiration and motivation to get out and explore the City's leading attractions, cultural organizations, performing arts and more," said Dixon. "Fifty-seven 2-for-1 deals across the five boroughs provide world-class offerings at an unbelievable value."

Visit must-see museums like the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), considered one of the most influential such institutions in the world, which houses masterworks from Matisse, Monet, Kahlo and Pollock. Or, take a different view of the city, with a boat trip aboard the beloved or a visit to the top of the world at the Empire State Building's Observation Deck.

NYC Winter Outing offers an affordable way to experience the bounty that the Big Apple has to offer, proving that New York City is, indeed, the city that never sleeps.


Jill Gleeson is a travel and adventure journalist based in the Appalachians of Central Pennsylvania. Find her on Facebook and Twitter at @gopinkboots.


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