Where to get free food in NYC

We all know that NYC can an insanely expensive place to live. Well, these awesome bars all offer free food to drink-buying patrons. No, seriously. These bars offer complimentary grub to customers who come in and buy a drink – meaning you no longer have to choose between spending your money on booze or dinner.

Panini and Cheese at Vero Wine Bar

Vero Wine Bar Panini

You just partied all weekend but you had a rough day and now you want a drink. Head to Vero Wine Bar where, every Monday night, they give one free panini to anyone who buys a glass of wine or a cocktail. And just like that, Mondays just got a whole lot better. Oh, and on Tuesdays they offer wine specials with a a complimentary cheese plate. So, yeah. 1004 Second Avenue, 212.935.3530, www.veronyc.com

Hot Dogs at Rudy’s

Rudy's hot dog

Hell’s Kitchen dive bar Rudy’s has been around for decades – and so have their free hot dogs. The drinks are already cheap and you get a free Hebrew national wiener, all day, every day too? Yeah, this is as awesome as it sounds. And they are open at 8 a.m. in case you have an early morning meat craving. 627 9th Avenue, 646.707.0890. www.rudysbarnyc.com

Pizza at Alligator Lounge and Crocodile Lounge

Crocodile pizza

You’re out and you’re drinking, which means you are definitely stopping for a slice of pizza on the way home. Well, The East Village’s Crocodile Lounge and its sister bar Alligator Lounge in Williamsburg make it easier by giving away personal pan pizzas with every drink purchase. Bonus: there is no limit to the number of pizzas you can get so be careful or you may have an extra rough morning. Crocodile Lounge: 325 East 14th Street, 212.477.7747, www.crocodileloungenyc.com; Alligator Lounge: 600 Metropolitan Ave, 718.599.4440, www.alligatorloungebrooklyn.com

Tater tots at Trash Bar

Tater tots

Known for its live rock performances, Trash Bar has something for hungry drinkers: free tater tots all night long. Just buy a PBR and nosh away. 256 Grand Street, 718.599.1000, www.thetrashbar.com

Chicken wings at Cupping Room Cafe

Chicken wings Cupping Room

On weekdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Soho’s Cupping Room Cafe offers free chicken wings on the bar, and sometimes they throw in french fries and nachos, too. 359 Broadway, 212.925.2898, www.cuppingroomcafe.com

Pommes Frites at Burp Castle

Pommes Frites

French fry fans, rejoice – Burp Castle in the East Village offers guests free Pommes Frites Belgian-style fries from the eatery around the corner on 2nd Avenue every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday night, starting around 6 p.m. With the sauces, natch. 41 East 7th Street, 212.982.4576, www.burpcastlenyc.wordpress.com

Parmesan crackers at Balthazar

Balthazar NYC

Who doesn’t love sitting at the bar at Balthazar, sipping on a cocktail and taking in the buzzy Soho scene? Well, you can also have delicious parmesan crisps and olives from 5 til 6 p.m., too. Classy. 80 Spring Street, 212.965.1414, www.balthazarny.com

Bagels and Lox at d.b.a.

Bagels and lox Russ and Daughters

Maybe you’re more of a morning person. Then head to d.b.a. for complimentary bagels and lox from Russ & Daughters (!!) every Sunday starting at 1 p.m. Don’t forget to order a Bloody Mary – that’s what Sundays are for, right? 41 First Avenue, 212.475.5097, www.drinkgoodstuff.com/ny/default.asp

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