9. Go on a fancy date without spending a shload of $$$
Oysters are "a great way to have a luxe experience at an otherwise unaffordable destination," muses Matthew Wexler, chef-turned-food journalist and author of Roo de Loo. So, head to one of these 64 oyster happy hours in NYC, where you can grab the bivalves for around $1.
10. Be a high roller without breaking the bank
Whether you’re looking to plan a little romantic rendezvous, have buddies in town, or a rat/bedbug scurrying across your floor/face was the last straw, there are hotels in town that can offer an affordable mini-vacay. HotelTonight and Stayful are great resources for grabbing a luxurious getaway at non-luxurious prices.
11. Book your staycation at the optimal time of year
Budget Travel’s digital editor Kaeli Conforti says, "the best time for bargains is right after New Year’s when rates are slashed at hotels." That usually coincides with Hotel Week NYC, as well, which exists, and is when dozens of popular Manhattan properties provide deep discounts at fixed prices -- from $100 per night -- throughout two weeks in winter.