Nowhere else in America can the hapless tourist encounter prices so consistently outrageous as those of New York City. Here, a good hotel room can easily run $200, a dinner for two with wine in a top French restaurant $250, a theater ticket $50, a coffee shop hamburger $6.
Learn where to stuff yourself on dim sum for practically nothing, or on the finest northern Italian cuisine at moderate prices, or on inexpensive bistro French in the Theater District. Learn also where to find some of the best values in designer women's and men's clothing anywhere, and incomparable prices on all manner of electronics, kitchenware and other gadgetry.
Assuming such a strategy, my recommendations--whether for restaurants, shops or cultural and entertainment attractions--are lumped together under four broad geograpgroupings: Lower Manhattan, the Village/Soho/Chelsea, Midtown, and the Upper West Side. It should be noted that there are no listings at all for one of Manhattan's most illustrious communities, the Upper East Side, this because there may be no such thing as a bargain left within that ever more gilded enclave.