It's difficult for us here in the UK to get a good grasp of costs in the USA when trying to budget in advance of a visit. Would anyone like to tell me the cost of (a) a main course in an average to good New York city restaurant (b) an average sort of cost for desserts and beer/soft drinks in restaurants and (c) The cost of a small and a large beer in a bar? I already know that drinks and food in the US are much more expensive than they seem at first glance - in the UK, the price you see is the price you pay, and tips are discretionary.
Am I right in thinking that most people in the US tip nearer to 20% than 15 unless the service is really bad, so I should add 30% to prices to get the total including tax and tip?
I have seen a very similar thread on here but it dates from 2012 and was closed due to lack of activity. Thanks.