Tipping in New York can be confusing, particularly in New York City. This New York tipping guide will help you know how much to tip for great service.
Tipping in New York
Tipping in New York can be confusing, particularly in New York City where things tend to cost a little more than other places in the state. In most places throughout the state, tipping is expected, and oftentimes necessary, as most service professionals’ wages are based on tips. Several restaurants in Manhattan and the surrounding areas are now practicing a no-tipping policy, either charging more for items or adding a service charge to the bill. This will typically be indicated on the receipt, so keep an eye out for it before leaving a tip. It is common for servers not to receive tips included on a credit card, so try to leave cash whenever possible.
Even though tipping in New York is a common practice, there is a standard across the state when it comes to how much to tip. This New York tipping guide will help you navigate when/where you can leave a little extra for great service.
New York Tipping Guide
Cafe Server: If there is a tip jar by the cash register, it’s a nice gesture to leave a couple of coins.
Restaurant Server: It is considerate to leave 15 to 20 percent, depending on the restaurant. Remember that some restaurants in the bigger cities may enforce a no-tipping policy, so be sure to check the bill for such language before tipping. Servers sometimes don’t receive tips included on a credit card, so always try to tip in cash whenever possible.
Bartender: It’s standard to leave $1 per drink.
Taxis: A tip isn’t expected, but is always appreciated. A good rule of thumb is to tip 15 to 20 percent of the final bill for a smooth and courteous ride. You can also let the driver “keep the change,” if that’s easier.
Airport Shuttle: It’s not necessary to tip your driver, but feel free to give $1 per bag if they help with your luggage.
Doorman: Tip $1 when a doorman helps hail a cab.
Bellhop: It is considerate to tip $1 to $2 per bag, depending on size.
Housecleaning: Leave $1 to $5 per day for a well-maintained room during your stay.
Concierge: Tip whatever you feel is fair if you feel the service exceeds expectations and deserves monetary recognition.
Stylist: Don’t hesitate to tip 15 to 20 percent of the final bill if you’re happy with your new look.
Spa Service Provider: A tip of up to 15 percent for exceptional service is appreciated.
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