As a kid, your birthday was the most exciting day of the year – gifts, cake, a party and even more gifts! As an adult, your day of birth may feel like just another day at the office, with a store-bought cake and awkward serenade around the water cooler. Add a little pep to your step on your special day with these birthday freebies in New York City. By Sarah Shaker.
Sign up for City Crab’s email list and enjoy an entree from their dinner, lunch or brunch menu, at up to a $40 value, during the month of your birthday. The coupon will be emailed to you. Bring your friends and enjoy any of their seafood specialties including Alaskan King Crab legs, Maryland Crab Cakes or Maine Lobster.
Join the Haru Access program to receive a $20 Birthday Certificate every year during your birthday month just for being a member. Bring along your friends or a date to enjoy their fresh sushi and strong creative cocktails.
Ben & Jerry's Rockefeller Center
Join the Chunk Spelunker club and get a free scoop of ice cream on your birthday, plus $3 off an ice cream cake at any Ben & Jerry’s location. Because who doesn’t love dessert on their birthday?
Become part of the “Chef’s Table” and get a $30 birthday certificate from Benihana. Bring along your crew to enjoy a birthday dinner celebration in their second floor dining room, where your personal chef will perform the ancient art of teppanyaki, dazzling your eyes (and your taste buds).
You know what they say about Hooters: Really great wings. Join the Hooters E-club to score some of the restaurant’s specialty on your big day. What better way to celebrate? Grab your suds-loving friends and get down on wings and beer, alongside Midtown tourists and happy hour frequenters.
Membership with Club Fondue yields a free fondue-for-two coupon on your birthday. Visit the Melting Pot location in Hoboken (lovingly known as the 6th borough) to take advantage of this deal on your special day.
Become a Beauty Insider, earning points towards free gifts every time you shop at any Sephora location. You’ll also enjoy a free gift for your birthday each year, ranging in beauty products from cake scented body washes to glittery nail polishes.
Sarah Shaker is the founder of the blog Bright Lights, My City.