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By Flights.com | September 15, 2017 | Lifestyle
Your phone is an extension of yourself. You use it to text, look up directions, and store photos from special events. And that's without mentioning the endless hours you’ve spent swiping right on various dating apps and ogling over pictures of strangers’ food on Instagram. Suffice it to say, your phone works just fine, and performs all the functions you need it to. With a new smartphone coming out soon, which is expected to cost around $800 to $1,000, you think to yourself, “Is there a better way to spend my money?”
Instead of giving in to the latest technological trends, treat yourself to an amazing experience in New York City that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. NYC garnered the nickname "The City That Never Sleeps," but it could also be referred to as "The City Where You Can Fulfill Your Wildest Dreams for Under $1,000," because as you’ll see, you can—and should—live out your big buck fantasies in the Big Apple.
When you think of the food scene in New York City, pizza, hotdogs, and hoagies come to mind. But if you’re willing to redirect your phone fund toward an out-of-this-world culinary experience, you could put that money to use at a three-star Michelin restaurant. The chef’s tasting menu at Le Bernardin costs $370 and includes wine tastings. The restaurant opened its Big Apple location in 1986, after its sister restaurant in Paris became mega popular. With an emphasis on preparing fresh, high quality seafood dishes, the stylish restaurant will satisfy your heart and your stomach.
Prefer to eat at a Michelin three-star restaurant that utilizes Japanese flavors instead of French ones? Check out the craftsmanship at Brooklyn Fare. With its tasting menu coming in at $330 per person, and decadent bottles of wine to accompany your seafood and shellfish, you can bring along your favorite person for a fancy night out—and still spend less than you would on a new smartphone.
Whether or not you’re a lover of theater, there’s something special about being catered to while watching a live show. The Broadway Plus VIP Packages cost a couple hundred bucks each, and include some spectacular offerings that will make you want to become a full-time patron of the arts. From the hottest shows of the season to old classics, you can pick the show that speaks (or sings) to you, and receive the star treatment you crave. Depending on what show you’d like to see, you’ll receive a different combination of perks including private entrance to the show, central orchestra seating, commemorative souvenirs, three-course dinners, beverage delivery from concierge services during the show, tours of the theater, and meet-and-greets with the cast. With all the luxury treatment, you’ll feel like a Broadway star yourself.
You’ve always envied Batman. Aside from defeating bad guys and rocking a stylish superhero suit, Bruce Wayne has access to some of the coolest means of transportation around. Tour Gotham in your own way, by boarding a helicopter and taking in a bird’s eye view of the city. After catching a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty and Central Park from above, de-board at the famed Chelsea Piers. From the pier, you’ll board a luxurious boat and set sail on a three-hour dinner cruise. Sip cocktails, schmooze, and sway to the music onboard as you see the city’s skyline from the harbor. All this can be yours for $725, which covers the tour for you and a guest.
New smartphones are released left and right. Instead of buying into the craze, purchase something that you can look back and smile about for years to come. On September 22, if you find yourself wandering around SoHo in NYC when the latest smartphone is released, look around for representatives from our site, Flights.com. We’ll be taking over the Big Apple and transporting those waiting in line for the newest smartphone to dreamy destinations with the help of some virtual reality goggles.
Flights.com is sharing some amazing experiences you can only do in NYC as part of its new campaign to show that buying things won’t make you happier, but traveling and making memories will. See more about the campaign here flights.com/experiences