Now, with the Dow flirting with the possibility of 7500 and reality of the "R" word starting take hold, I think it is important to find more economical choices for entertainment.
Here are some thoughts on cheap and chic activities on the Upper East Side.
1. A picnic in Centrak Park: A bottle of Yellowtail Shiraz ($9 and quite good) and some sandwiches from a local deli. Enjoy one of the free/inexpensive seasonal events which are listed here.
2. Free music? You don't need to steal from Napster, check out this free classical music show on the Upper East Side.
3. All-You-Can-Eat Sushi? For $20 or less? Ok, so maybe Nobu isn't offering this deal quite yet, but Yuka on 80th and 2nd Avenue is! For $18.95 diners can scarf down as many California rolls, Eel cucumber rolls, Spicy Tuna Rolls and more. But just like your mom, Yuka makes you finish your meal. Anything left on your plate will incur you a surcharge. So go hungry or with a big plastic bag in your purse.
4. If you look, there are always great deals on the Upper East Side. These local vendors are offering UpperEast.com users specials sales and amazing deals. So whether you need to get that photo of your husband framed for your desk or send flowers to your Aunt Millie in LA, check out these great listings available to you.
5. Make some money, spend some money. Dust off that Prada bag circa 1999 and give it a new life. Sure, you are sick of carrying something which is "so last year" but retro is chic. If you can bring yourself to part with some of those designer duds that inhabit the nether regions of your closet than you may be able to put some cash in your pocket. Many consignment shops will take your lightly used goods and sell them for you. Think Ebay, but local. If selling isn't for you, than consider taking a lap around one of the more upscale Thrift shops such as Michael's on Madison Avenue. You may just find that one of a kind piece at half the price you would pay at Saks.
6. DIY. Forget dining out in this dismal economy. By the time you pay $13 for a martini, add in tip for that expensive Italian dinner, your wallet is going to be a lot lighter. Even if you aren't a chef, you can still host your own dinner party. The same bottle of wine you love at that fancy-shmancy restaurant, you can most likely purchase at your local wine store for 1/3 the price. Check out Gourmet Garage where you can pick up a fancy dinner, and give yourself the tip.