Skip the taxi lines with a personal car service
It's a scenario New Yorkers know all too well: You finish dessert and pay the check...and then there's not an empty cab in sight when you need to get home.
Save yourself the aimless taxi search with Uber, the new mobile app that pairs personal drivers with city dwellers in need of quick transportation.
Text your pickup location to UBR-CAB (827-222), or send it using the iPhone or Android app. You'll then receive a text back with your town car's estimated arrival time (usually less than 10 minutes) and the driver's name and number, plus one more when your ride is curbside. Fares are based on time and distance traveled, with tips and tolls built in.
A trip from the Lower East Side to Gramercy costs about $19, while a ride from the Upper East Side to Wall Street is roughly $43. You can also use the service to get to the airport for a flat rate ($70 to LaGuardia, $85 to JFK and $105 to Newark). Your account is linked to a credit card, so payments are made without you ever having to fish for your wallet.
It's as sure a bet as being in the driver's seat.