7 NYC Deals to Score Before Summer Ends

By James Mulcahy  |  August 6, 2013

Summer's ending, which means you're probably spent, at least money-wise anyway. All those days at the beach add up, and when you're down to your last post-vacation dollars, you'll want to hit up these spots for some great values. Whether you have $10 to spend or $100, here are the off-the-radar deals you should take advantage of (just don't try them all at once, then you'll have no money for fall).

  • Sushi Dojo's Omakase

    The $45 omakase this East Village Japanese is the deal du jour among raw fish fans, with folks lauding the delicately prepared bites. The chef is David Bouhadana, a 27 year old that's trained in Japan with some of the masters. While they have ample à la carte suggestions, the omakase is the way to go, especially since it would easily be twice as expensive at any other restaurant in the city.

    110 First Ave.; 646-692-9398

  • Recette's Summer Supper

    If you haven't had a chance to try Jesse Schenker's refined American fare at his West Village charmer, you have about a month to visit for a good deal. For the rest of the season the restaurant is featuring a special summer supper promotion that will set you back $40 for four dishes. That's one snack, two plates and a dessert, and better yet, you get to choose them from the regular menu. With prices like that, you'll surely have enough left over for a cocktail.

    328 W. 12th St.; 212-414-3000

  • Eats and Beats at Rockaway's Playland Motel

    If you're looking for beachside dining without paying Hamptons prices, hit up the Playland Motel, Rockaway's hip-as-hell diamond in the rough. The A train lets off on the same stop as this inn, which offers cheap beers and weekend dance parties with names like "No Ordinary Monkey" (starting Saturdays at 4 PM) and Mexicoco (Sundays at 3 PM). The property, which has about a dozen hotel rooms, has an on-site diner serving high-end, greasy fare that's perfect for a hungover day at the beach. Get info about the property here.

    97-20 Rockaway Beach Blvd.; 718-318-1035

  • All Good Things Tasting Menu

    This is the undiscovered restaurant that you need to know about. While the $100 fixed price menu here is surely pricey when compared to $15 cheap eats, when you look at the value of what you're getting, which is on par with the Brooklyn Fares of the world, you're coming away a winner. Plus, you're experiencing an elegant menu that's off-the-radar now but won't remain so for long. Those who were lucky to get into Brooklyn Fare in its early days and who got to visit the short-lived Frej surely know what a special thing and a value in the over-$250 world of high-end tasting menus it was. Find info and reservations here

    102 Franklin St.; 212-966-3663

  • NYC Restaurant Week

    NYC Restaurant Week stretches into the second week of August this year, and there are hundreds of restaurants offering $25 lunches and $38 dinners. You can't get the deal on Saturdays, but every other day is fair game for face stuffing. See the full list of participating venues here, and scope out our curated suggestions here.

  • Sunday Happy Hour at JBird

    Sunday Funday just got boozier. Upper East Side watering hole JBird just launched an all-night drink deal that will score you a wide-ranging list of the lounge's favorites libations ilke Pisco Sours and South Sides for $8 a pop (they're usually at least $12). That's in addition to $6 pours of wine and gourmet bar snacks for $9. If you want to cap the weekend with some cocktails, the deal is available from 5:30 PM to 12:30 AM, and if you get stuck in traffic coming back from the Hamptons, you can score a truncated version of the offer during the week on Monday through Friday from 5:30-7:30 PM

    339 E. 75th St.; 212-288-8333

  • Burger and a Beer (or Negroni) at Maialino

    Danny Meyer's Northern Italian eatery in Gramercy has a suh-weet late-night deal for those of you who are burning the midnight oil in the final week of summer. Well, burning the 10:30 PM oil, as that's when the Maialino burger becomes available on the menu. It's black angus beef topped with black-pepper pancetta and Gorgonzola cheese. Drool. The burger is $15, and you can make this into a deal with the drinks. There are Moretti la Rossa beers for $5 a pop and three different takes on the Negroni for $8 a pop.

    2 Lexington Ave.; 212-777-2410