Staten Island Ferry

Staten Island Ferry Oddities New York City
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Two birds, one (incredibly affordable) stone: A ride on the Staten Island ferry includes a glimpse of the Statue of Liberty, and offers one of the city’s best cheap dates. Head straight for the commissary upon boarding the free ship, and pick up a couple of tallboys. Then grab a seat on one of the outer-deck benches or by the bow windows and get cozy for the next 25 minutes. Sure, you’ll have to disembark at the Staten Island side just to turn around and go home, but it’s a minor inconvenience —especially given the cost. New York’s boozy commuter tradition never looked so good.

Known For
  • cheap date
  • outdoor / patio
What to drink
Your options are limited, but at least they’re cheap; Bud tallboys will set you back $3.75.
Financial District
If you're in the mood to stick around Staten Island, there's a charming Italian restaurant, Maria Enoteca, just a short walk from the ferry, and it's run by Italian grandmas. So you know it's good.