Get in early
Here are some tips to dine while in vacation that will help you save some money. If possible, make advanced reservations, especially for popular restaurants. When you are in town and plan to check out the talked-about spots, you might be dismayed to discover that they are already booked during your stay. Whenever you can, eat during non-peak hours. Keep in mind that the prime time for lunch is 1:30 to 2:00 pm, while for dinner; it is 5:30 to 8:30 pm (right after the early shows). With regard to time, you should have a lot of time for yourself, especially when you want to catch a show.
Perhaps you want to try out the specialties of a celebrity chef, however you spent a lot at the tables. Search online for the high-profile restaurants that are open during lunchtime. Most of the time, the more exotic and interesting dishes are served at dinner, but the meals during lunchtime are not so far behind, and the best part is that they cost two-thirds less.
Forget About the Grandiose Stuff All in All
Who says you cannot enjoy your vacation with late-night specials or a full steak meal that costs merely a few dollars. These, too, can contribute to a great experience. If you are not happy about the prices (that have gone up), you can still manage to eat cheap, yet decent meals,(especially if you plan on eating food to fuel up) across town. For budget finds, check out the free magazines and the local newspapers given away at the reception desks of hotels. You may even find money-saving coupons from these sources.
Also watch out for weekday night specials. A lot of high-end restaurants give prix-fixe menus during off-nights for a considerably less amount. Though you may not have the chance to try the truly extravagant meals, you will still experience the good life.
Even as you welcome the arrival of numerous designer chefs, you will observe that many of them are just re-creating their specialties (at times not even close to that) from somewhere else instead of creating something totally new. Even if we want to persuade you to splurge at such places, please keep the mom-and-pop places in mind that struggle to survive in the midst of the machines of big hotels, and which create what comes closest to the real local quality.