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Your cheat sheet on dining in the city for cheap

Farnoosh Torabi

Farnoosh Torabi

New Yorkers of all ages, boroughs and incomes spend an average $300 a month dining out, according to personal finance website

You can make the most of city nightlife without breaking the bank. You just need to know where to look:
Many New York venues, restaurants and bars featured on this website have “special offers” exclusive to CitySearch browsers. Sutra Lounge on the Lower East Side said it will offer happy hour prices between 10 and 11 p.m. just for mentioning CitySearch when you walk in.

The mobile phone app lets you “check in” when you arrive at your favorite venue. Doing so may eventually earn you a complimentary drink or discount. The bar at NU Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn will give you a free drink after you “check in” three times.
Find $25 restaurant gift certificates for as low as $10. There are more than 300 city restaurants with discounted gift certificates listed on the website, including Salt in Greenwich Village and Zen Palate in Harlem.

Bing Mobile
Using your phone’s Web browser, connect to, a free mobile website that lets you find local deals, coupons and vouchers for everything from dining to entertainment and travel.

Gilt City has upscale deals for a fraction of the price every week. The site recently launched a deal for two cocktails and two small plates at Walle Restaurant and Lounge in Midtown East for $24, a 45% discount.

Farnoosh Torabi is a personal finance expert, TV personality and best-selling author of “Psych Yourself Rich.” Follow her at and at Twitter/Farnoosh. Have a financial question that you’d like answered in a column? Email Farnoosh@Farnoosh.TV 

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