A single glass of vino will set you back $14 while a slice of pizza usually hovers around the $2 range. Le sigh. Still, it’s that high/low mix that makes New York City so great. That’s why we asked a 26-year-old content producer living in Manhattan to track her culinary spending habits over the course of a week. Here, how her food-related budget netted out.
Day 1: Sunday
12 p.m.: I went out for brunch with my boyfriend at a diner near my apartment and picked up the check since we like to take turns treating each other. The fact that it was a diner worked in my favor. We both had two eggs and bacon with home fries. Total Spent: $32.62
3 p.m.: It was Superbowl Sunday, but instead of watching at a bar and paying a cover, we watched at home and picked up ingredients at the grocery store for appetizers and snacks. I bought avocados—a big expense in NYC in the winter at between $3 to $4 a pop—and buffalo chicken wraps and ingredients for homemade chocolate chip cookies. All the food was just for my boyfriend and me, so we ended up having lots of leftovers for the rest of the week. Total Spent: $36.87