Boasting one of the most extensive whiskey selections on the East Coast, The Flatiron Room is THE place to get your brown booze on, one shot at a time. Finally learn the difference between whiskey and rye from educated bartenders and their guide-like menus, then dive in with one of the half-dozen tasting flights.
People pay $2K for Knicks tickets that aren't even that good, but if you're willing to go nosebleed just to get in and feel how exciting the garden gets for a .500 team (and it really, really does), and you hit Stubhub at the right time, you can score tickets for around $50. Just plan ahead.
Nothing takes the stress out of some mandatory tourist activities (they just had to see Times Square) like a day spent in saunas, whirlpools, and maybe a massage. Head to Spa Castle, where a day pass is $40 on weekdays and $50 on weekends, for unlimited access to three floors (and a rooftop) full of spa facilities from 8am-midnight.