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Tipping in New York

Updated Oct 05 2014 04:43 PM EST with 0 listings

Tipping is an important social convention. Note that a "mandatory" service charge is not usually included in the price. There are some people you always tip. They are:

  • Delivery people: variable, depending on the size of the delivery and the quality of the service. For small packages $2.00 is fine, but if there are several packages, the tip should be $4 - $5 dollars.
  • Doorman: variable, depending upon the service provided. For getting a cab or opening a door, $1.00 is fine, but if he/she carries packages up to your apartment, the tip should be $3 - $5 dollars. Remember, a good doorman is a great asset.
  • Hairdressers/barbers: between 15% and 20%. This also applies to manicurists, pedicurists, and masseuses.
  • Hotel Staff: between $2.00-$3.00 for each time they clean your room. Usually, this tip is paid at the end of your stay.
  • Parking garage attendants: between $1.00-$2.00 each time they deliver your car.
  • Skycaps: they should get at least a dollar for each bag you check. You may want to tip more, remember, your luggage is in their hands.
  • Taxi drivers: between 10% and 15%. If the service is excellent you can tip more, but if it's poor, tip less, or not at all if the driver is downright awful.
  • Waiters/Waitresses, Bartenders: between 18% and 20%. If you are with a party of 6 or more, you may considere to pay extra. Again, the quality of service is a factor. In restaurants and some other places, tips are shared by the "bus boy", "bar tender" and others.

    TYPTip: For large parties, some restaurants will automatically add the tip to the bill. Check for this.

    In most cases, tips are given directly to the service person, however, at restaurants, clubs and bars, tips can be added to your bill if you pay by credit card or if you are dining at the restaurant of the hotel you are staying in, you may include a tip on the house charge slip. In either case, you must write the amount of the tip on either the charge card slip or the house charge slip and enter a "total" amount at the bottom.

    Tip Cups
    In recent years many establishments have placed a "tip-cup" next to the cash register. Pizzerias & delis are good examples of this. In these places, it is up to your discretion whether to tip or not, many people don't.

Tipping in New York