The best New York deals: Find the best deals by day

Plan a week of cheap activities with our guide to the best New York deals by day.

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    The Rock Shop

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    Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • Cielo

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    Cobble Hill Cinemas

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    Museum of Modern Art (MoMa)

  • The Sunburnt Cow

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    Hannibal Buress

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The Rock Shop

You can find a sweet deal in New York every single day of the week, if you know where to look. Mark your calendar with a week's worth of the best New York deals, including cheap movie tickets in Cobble Hill and unlimited drinks in the East Village.


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Monday: Free honky-tonk gigs at the Rock Shop

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Shake off a case of the Mondays with an evening of tunes at this Park Slope concert space. Six-piece roots-rock outfit the Gowanus All-Stars takes over the room each week, chugging through cry-in-your-beer hits by the likes of Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Townes Van Zandt. The band occasionally peppers its sets with country & western originals by its leader, Spike Priggen. • 718-230-5740, therockshopny.com. Mon 8pm; free.

  1. 249 Fourth Ave, (between Carroll and President Sts), 11215
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Tuesday: Free admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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Stroll through the peaceful, exquisitely gardened 52-acre grounds every Tuesday without coughing up the usual $10 admission. Don’t miss the expansive Cherry Esplanade and the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, which boasts a waterfall, waterside benches and old-world wooden bridges. Just make sure to cut out of work early: The grounds close at 6pm. • 718-623-7200, bbg.org. Tue 8am–6pm.

  1. 990 Washington Ave, (at President St)
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Wednesday: Free admission and drinks at Cielo

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Show up to this Meatpacking District hot spot when doors open on hump day to skip the $20 cover—and down as many vodka cocktails as you please for an hour. The venue’s Roots shindig, a midweek staple in NYC clubdom, is typically headlined by house-music vets Louie Vega and Kevin Hedge, alongside a solid rotation of guest DJs. • 212-645-5700, cieloclub.com. Wed 10pm; $20, before 11pm free.

  1. 18 Little W 12th St, (between Ninth Ave and Washington St)
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Thursday: $7 movie tickets at Cobble Hill Cinemas

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Save a few bucks at this old-school theater (dating back to the ’60s), which trims its ticket price by three bones on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It’s a charming spot for catching a flick: Crowds are typically quiet, and retro touches such as preshow announcements to turn off your pager harken back to the moviegoing experiences of your youth. The discount excludes 3-D screenings and the opening two-week runs of Sony Pictures films. • 718-596-9113, cobblehilltheatre.com. Tue, Thu; $7.

  1. 265 Court St, (between Butler and Douglass Sts)
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Friday: Free admission to the Museum of Modern Art

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Brave the often-lengthy wait for this institution’s Target Free Friday Nights program: The museum waives its steep $25 entry fee from 4 to 8pm each week. Admission grants you access to all of MoMA’s exhibits (make sure to take a breather on a bench in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden) and—perhaps the biggest perk of all—a seat at any of that evening’s ace film screenings. • 212-708-9400, moma.org. Fri 4–8pm; free.

  1. 11 W 53rd St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves)
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Saturday: All-you-can-drink brunch at the Sunburnt Cow

For about a Jackson, you can indulge in a very boozy afternoon at this Australian eatery. The Endless Brunch (a nod to the globe-trotting surfing doc The Endless Summer) includes one dish (such as eggs Benedict or a burger loaded with bacon and cheese) and all the mimosas, Bloody Marys, Foster’s brews or screwdrivers you can handle. A DJ arrives at 1pm to spin pop tunes and keep the party going. • 212-529-0005, thesunburntcow.com. Sat 11am–4pm, Sun noon–4pm; $20–$25.

  1. 137 Ave C, (between 8th and 9th Sts)
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Sunday: Free stand-up sets by Hannibal Buress and other top comics

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This former SNL and 30 Rock scribe mans the mike each Sunday night at the Knitting Factory. It’s a casual environment for watching the likable stand-up work out new material. (In the past year, he’s headlined much larger clubs in town, including Carolines on Broadway.) Well-known comedians (such as The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac) and solid up-and-comers round out the bill. • 347-529-6696, bk.knittingfactory.com. Sun 9pm; free.

  1. 361 Metropolitan Ave, (at Havemeyer St)
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