We’ll never get used to it; tipping. We were once told that "all Europeans are bad tippers". Oops. It's just not fun to have to add some 20% to an already large bill. But hey, living in New York is expensive.... So keep that in mind and show the love!
Here are some guidelines. Tips for tipping so to say:
- The doorman (is there such a thing as a doorwoman?) who helps you hail a cab at the hotel:$1
- The bellboys that bring your luggage to your room: $1–$2 per suitcase/bag
- Cleaning/Housekeeping: $1–$2 a day
- Restaurants: 15–20% on top of the bill. Make sure that you add it onto the "ex tax" amount. 15% if you were not really happy with the service, 18% if the service was ok and 20% (or more)...well....if you really had nothing to complain about. To make your life easier you'll often find the calculations already shown on your bill. I've already seen 22% and 25% amounts. Always check your bill for a "service" or "gratuity" charge; if it's on there the restaurant has already added the tip. If it's not and you can't do your math because of a jetlag just double the tax amount and round it up.
- Taxi drivers: 15% on top of the fare. Or perhaps some more if they help you with your bags.
- Hairdressers, masseuses, mani-pedi ladies etc.: 15–20% on top of the total amount.
- And for all not listed here, like ushers, coatclerks, tour guides, well...anything goes!
Oh and if you slip the bartender a dollar per drink you might be noticed quicker when you next want to order.