An Affordable Memorial Day in NYC

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An Affordable Memorial Day in NYC

There is something special about Memorial Day and the start of Summer. I always reflect on veterans and the sacrifice they make for us. This year the winter was long and cold so New Yorkers are anxious to relax and play. I like to stay in the city and enjoy my urban beach. Wouldn’t it be great if we had off every Monday?! My favorite place to pack a picnic and a cold bottle of Sauvignon Blanc is The Sheep Meadow. If you want to relax, this is the place. I’ve decided to get my bike ready and ride across The Brooklyn Bridge to visit The Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. Without a doubt, it is one of my favorite things to do. The views of Lower Manhattan are amazing and free! These are a few other places to consider when planning your weekend.

The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Let me start by saying that ice cream is my favorite food. If you’re looking for a downtown outing on Memorial Day, visit The Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. My favorite flavors are Black Sesame, Ginger and Lychee. They offer a full array of regular flavors and specials like Chocolate Bacon. Trust me, this stuff will make you melt. I usually stop by after hitting Shanghai Cuisine for soup dumplings. This combination makes for a perfectly satisfying and affordable day.

The Frying Pan Want to impress your friends? Spend the afternoon on The Frying Pan. Located on the water, The Pan is a collection of ships parked on Pier 66. The views from the rooftop balcony are stunning. I always feel like I’m on vacation when I’m visiting. The burgers and fries are great but they also offer clams, mussels and lobster. They make a mean margarita and have buckets of Rolling Rock (6) for $34.

ilili Restaurant If you’re looking for an upscale treat, take advantage of the specials at ilili. From 5:30pm-7:30pm enjoy $5-$9 appetizers and $7 specialty drinks. Try the Poison Sumac Margarita with pomegranate juice. It’s a special occasion restaurant and high end menu that you can enjoy for half the price! I always feel like I’ve discovered one of the best kept secrets in New York City.

Monica DiNatale is Deals Expert and author of "365 Guide New York City" which is full of restaurant deals and bar specials in NYC. Her weekly column in Metro NY “Drink. Eat. $ave. NYC” is the source for deals in The Big Apple. Paperback and ebook are available on Amazon.

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