What is the norm for tipping in New York ?
18 - 20% to waiters and waitresses, and to cabbies, for good servce, more for exceptional service. A dollar or two per drink to bartenders.
The linked list is a good guide for everything else.
Is it that time of year again when the discussion turns to tipping for a week or two ? I can hardly wait
Sorry to bring the matter up - I have never been to New York so I just wanted an idea.
I have to say 20% seems to be exorbitant. I am used to tipping what I think the service is worth
20% is unfortunately standard - just do it. Some wait staff etc in NYC are really really poorly paid no minimum wage here!
There is a ton of threads here on this subject.
Servers in the US are paid differently than they are paid elsewhere so reading up on the matter will help clarify this for you - and why it is different than other places.
20% is the standard. A lot of people double the tax which comes out to be about 20%
Hi steve_ben ... US tipping customs are often hard for folks from other countries to understand. There have been many debates on the Playa del Carmen forum about this, too, and they usually end the same way ... with the Americans saying 15-20% and the Brits, Europeans and Canadians saying, "You Americans are nuts."
I think part of it stems from the fact that our waiters/waitresses are often paid very little and rely on tips to earn a living wage. If I recall correctly from prior debates on the PDC forum, I think your waiters/waitresses earn a decent wage even without tips?
Doubling the 8.75% tax comes out to less than 18% - just to be accurate.
Most people here just factor in the 20% tax as part of their dinner budget - if they think about it at all. I don't. I just tip automatically as it is just part of the cost of the meal as far as I am concerned.
"I am used to tipping what I think the service is worth."
You're also used to eating in London, I'd expect. In this country, the servers are paid almost by tips alone. Minimum wage laws do not apply to servers. The service here is MUCH better than it is in London, (in my and many other people's experience,) and the food is cheaper, because service costs are not included. I know it's not what you're used to, but it's the way we do things here, and if you're not planning to pay the servers their expected wages, you should not eat in restaurants with table service, because it's not fair to the person who will go unpaid.
However, you seem like a nice and reasonable person, so I'm sure that won't be an issue.