New York City Spring Break Crawl: Cheap Eats and Tropical Drinks in NYC
Spring weather in New York may still be a month or two away, but after a winter this rough it's time to infuse some warm-weather fun into city life. Here are our favorite "spring break" experiences in NYC -- that you can even enjoy during another snow day.
Get the All-Inclusive Treatment: Aria Wine Bar
Pay one price for a bundled food or drink experience
Some New York "all you can eat and drink" deals, targeting broke college kids, leave you with ringing ears and a stomach ulcer. The deal at Aria, a pleasant wood-lined West Village nook is much more grown-up. For $75 you can gorge on unlimited wine and dishes from the taverna's Italian menu for two and a half hours.
See the Green Flash at Sunset: Ferry Ride
Where to watch the sunset
Manhattanhenge isn't for another few months (the next occurrence should be May 28), but you can catch a New York sunset in all its glory on one of the city's many ferries. For traditionalists, the free Staten Island Ferry offers the classic Lady Liberty sundowner, while the East River ($4) and Ikea ($5 -- if you have shopping to do) ferries give you the wonderfully Istagrammable city skyline sunset shot.
It's 5 o'clock Somewhere -Here:Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club
Where to get a great tropical drink
Pretend you're in Florida (or on a cruise ship) at the Gowanus Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, newly opened in February. There are palm trees, cabanas and tropical drinks named after famous shuffleboarders that are served -- complete with umbrellas -- in mason jars.
Closer than Disney World: New York International Children's Film Festival
A fun activity for kids and families
You won't see any Muppets at the International Children's Film Festival, which runs from March 7 through March 30 at theaters around the city. Screenings feature 100 animated and live action short and feature length films for kids ages 3 to 18. All attendees vote to help select festival winners. Tickets start at around $13 and sell out, so be sure to purchase in advance.
Budget Beach Bites:Luke's Lobster
An affordable beachy or seafood meal
Luke's Lobster has been making a name for itself in New York -- and now in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia -- for serving fresh Maine-style lobster rolls ($15 each) that aren't drowning in mayo. Stop by one of the six NYC locations (or find the food truck) for a well-flavored cold lobster on a hot bun.
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Jess Moss is senior editor at MapQuest and Aol Travel. After six years in New York she left the city this summer, but returns monthly for haircuts, long walks down Central Park West and real pizza. In spring she stalks the Boat Basin website in anticipation of its reopening.