While most people believe the city that never sleeps is best experienced on Friday and Saturdays, Sundays are actually New York‘s best kept secret. Not only are there unique experiences that can be taken advantage of, but also tons of free and budget-friendly activities. Use this guide to help plan your next Sunday in the Big Apple.
While you’ll have to pay for parking at almost all times during the week, street and meter parking is completely free on Sundays. Not only will you save money, it’ll save you a lot of stress not having to think about checking the meter every hour.
Sundays are home to the myriad boozy brunch options in New York, most of which feature unlimited alcoholic “brunch” drinks like Mimosas, Screw Drivers, and Bloody Marys. Try the Sunburnt Cow, where for $18 plus the cost of an entree you get unlimited drinks or Meade’s where for $12.95 plus the cost of an entree you get the same deal.
Unlike the popular weekend nights of Friday and Saturday, on Sundays it becomes a lot easier to score free tickets to things, especially comedy shows. The Upright Citizen’s Brigade has a weekly free Sunday show at 9:30PM, as does the Knitting Factory and Beauty Bar, both at 9PM.
99 Cent Off-Broadway Shows
Soho Rep theater offers 99 cent shows on Sundays at the door. Just make sure to get there early, as this deal is hot!
Many bars and restaurants allow you to eat like a king for nothing. Dell’ Anima offers a free buffet from 4-6PM with the purchase of a drink, Spring Lounge serves free bagels from 12 noon on, and Iron Horse serves free hot dogs and hamburgers from noon to 10PM with a drink purchase over $3.
Every Sunday at 1:30PM, the Brooklyn Public Library hosts a free silent film series. Think silent equals boring? These movies are high quality, hysterical, and offer a unique arts experience in the Big Apple.