Not having to pay for what you're eating and drinking makes everything taste better.
To fill your belly and quench your thirst without shelling out the cash, consult our continuously updated list of complimentary bites and sips up for grabs around the city:
Lunch or dinner at Noon Mediterranean
You read that right: The fast-casual Mediterranean chain that just rebranded itself (it was previously called Verts) is luring customers to its new Lower Manhattan location at 222 Broadway, just south of City Hall, with free, full-sized entrées on Friday, Dec.1 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — or until their kitchen runs out of supplies. If you've been to Noon's Flatiron location, you'll be familiar with the assembly-line drill at the counter: you pick a base, like a pita, salad or quinoa; then a protein, such as grilled steak or falafel; then vegetable toppings, from feta to pickled onions; and finally a suace, such as tzaziki or spicy cilantro. On opening day, Noon is donating proceeds from any extras customers buy, like drinks and sides, to Robin Hood, an anti-poverty nonprofit.
Cookies from Mrs. Fields
Head to Rockefeller Center or the Queens Mall on Monday, Dec. 4, aka National Cookie Day, for free cookies from Mrs. Fields. The first 400 cusotmers at any Mrs. Fields shop that day, which also marks the company's 40th anniversary, score a complimentary cookie. You'll find the Manhattan outpost at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and the Queens one at 8801 Queens Blvd.
Bacon treats from The Bacon Express
Three words: bacon hot chocolate. A pop-up food truck advertising organic bacon from the New Jersey-based producer Applegate rolls into town on Thursday, Dec. 14, with four kinds of free pork-flavored treats. Besides the aforementioned winter beverage, which is infused with melted bacon fat, you can grab free candied bacon, bacon brownies and bacon chocolate chip cookies. The truck will be parked outside Radio City Music Hall at 1260 Sixth Ave. from noon to 5 p.m. each day, so beware: You'll have to elbow some tourists for a taste of salty sweetness.
BIN 27 Port doughnuts at The Doughnut Project
If you love fortified Portuguese wines, you're going to love these doughnuts. They're stuffed with a compote made from Fonseca BIN 27 and topped with a glaze prepared with the wine that tastes of dark fruits like blackerries and plums. On Friday, Dec. 15, The Doughnut Project (10 Morton St.) will hand out the first 50 specimens of these limited-time treats for free. The port doughnuts are on sale at the West Village shop from Dec. 15 through Dec. 17.