Mon Jan 9 2012
Photograph: David Gettens
Dial 7 Car and Limousine Service
If you're heading back to town after a late-night flight, Dial 7 will get you into Manhattan on the cheap. The company offers discounted sedan rates from LaGuardia ($29, down from $31), JFK ($40, down from $46) and Newark ($44, down from $46) to anywhere in the borough from 4:15--7:45am. The deal applies to online reservations only, but an upcoming Dial 7 mobile app will make booking on the go a snap. 212-777-7777, dial7.com. Daily 24hrs.
Carmel Car and Limousine Service
The New York outpost of this national car and limousine chain provides 24-hour service in Manhattan as well as to and from area airports. You can book anything from a basic sedan ($33--$48, hourly $38) to a snazzy super-stretch limo (hourly $222) that seats up to 14 people and has ample room for luggage. Reservations are accepted by phone as well as online. 212-666-6666, carmellimo.com. Daily 24hrs.
Eastern Car Service
Eastern's strength is in its promptness: Wait times for pickups near its Park Slope headquarters are only about ten minutes (expect a longer wait for other neighborhoods in the borough). And you won't pay a ton to get from one end of Kings County to the other—a typical fare from Greenpoint to Bay Ridge is about $29. 866-499-7177, easterncarservice.com. Daily 24hrs.
Manhattan might be teeming with taxis and private cars, but this Williamsburg-based cab company keeps the outer boroughs in the loop as well, operating 24/7 out of Park Slope, Williamsburg, Downtown Brooklyn, Greenpoint, Ridgewood, Maspeth and lower Manhattan. Call ahead or book online for trips to LaGuardia and JFK ($30--$60), or to reserve a basic sedan by the hour ($35). 718-388-1111, metropolitancab.com. Daily 24hrs.
XYZ Luxury Executive Car Service
Make a quick getaway by calling XYZ, which offers wait times in Manhattan of less than ten minutes, with an additional 20 minutes (at most) in Brooklyn or Queens. The company also offers fixed rates from Manhattan to LaGuardia ($40), JFK ($60) and Newark ($60); check the calculator on its website to estimate prices throughout the tristate area. 718-768-7333, xyzcar.com. Daily 24hrs.