Just wanted to get some feedback on this question after our visit to NYC last week.
My DW commented after we got home that she felt that in some of the restaurants we visited, we appeared to get treated differently to other non UK diners, for example, being seated on more out of the way tables or ones near the kitchen door, being seated after others who had arrived later than us and not getting similar service to those tables around us. I also noted that when I asked for the check, this often arrived with some thing like "Service NOT inlcuded" written prominently near the total.
I suppose it is not so much part of our culture and also, more often than not these days, UK restaurants include service in the price and it isn't the norm to tip the barman every time you buy a pint in the pub.
So my question is, are we Brits generally seen as poor tippers in the US or are all tourists treated the same or is DW just being paranoid ?
As it happens, I was working out my 15 to 20% gratuities on the total including the tax, so left more than needed most times. Oh well, didn't hurt and maybe redressed the balance a bit. Also remembered to leave the chambermaid four dollars each day (one for each of us).