Tipping in New York
New York City
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:
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.
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.