This is my first post here, I would like to start by saying thank you to everyone who has contributed to the forum as there is such a fantastic wealth of knowledge here. I have just started planning our trip to America and Canada for December 2013 and already have learnt so much from the forum.
Myself and my husband are planning a 4 week trip, we will be staying in NYC for 9 nights from 24 Dec - 2 Jan. At the moment we are looking at accommodation and are trying to weigh up whether we should pay extra for a room with a kitchen. From the hotels we are considering it is around $30-40 extra per night for the kitchen. I am wondering whether this extra cost will be worth it - ie. would we save this much in food every day by using the kitchen?
I know this is a bit of a vague question and depends on lots of variables. We are very light eaters, and we will both eat pretty much everything. If we did have a kitchen we would probably eat most breakfasts in the hotel room and maybe prepare dinner some nights. I am thinking we will be out and about during the day so wouldn't be at the hotel to make lunch. I guess what I'm trying to work out is whether we can buy food from a supermarket/grocer in NYC cheaper than what we would buy food from cafes/food carts etc?
If the room with kitchen was only $10-20 more per night I would definitely go for it, but I just don't know whether the $40 extra is really worth it. Thanks in advance for any advice offered!