Yesterday I received a comment from our friend Alison on Facebook about how to tip in NYC.
What a great question!
The first time I ever visited New York 5 years ago, a nice man offered to show me how to get from the inside of Port Authority to the main street. As a native Floridian, I needed all of the help I could get! Just as I thanked him for helping and we were about to part ways, he held out his hand.
A tip for just showing a confused out-of-towner how to get to the main road?
I will admit I felt highly disappointed and uneasy after the incident.
Here’s my quick go-to guide for tipping in NYC:
- Taxi’s: 15%, if they help you with your bag add $1
- Hotel doorman: $1 per bag and $1 per person if they hail you a cab
- Hotel concierge: Roughly $5 if they book you a tour, Broadway show, etc.
- If they offer friendly advice or tips, you don’t need to.
- Coat check: If it’s free, $1 per coat
- Waiter/waitress: 15-20% + depending on service
- If you have over 6 guests, tip 20%+
- Coffee Shop: Tip $1+ if you received great service. Do not feel obligated though.
- Bartender: $2-3+ per drink.
- For mixed drinks, tip a little extra than you would a draft beer.
- Tour Guide: Tip if you feel like you received excellent service. Depending on the tour, usually $2-5 per person in the party.
Please note that these tips are everything I’ve seen and learned throughout my past 3 months of living in NYC. Take these with a grain of salt and let me know if you have any suggestions!
Do you have any more tipping questions or helpful advice?
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