The New York dining scene is among the best in the world, and the melting-pot nature of the city shines through in the selection of cuisines on offer. Japanese? Mexican? Italian? No matter what you’re after, you’ll probably find it in New York. Vegans and vegetarians are also spoiled with choice, and many restaurants really put an effort in creating plant-based dishes. Here are my tips on dining out in New York:
A reservation is crucial, if there’s a specific restaurant you want to dine at on a specific day, and for the most popular restaurants, we’re talking weeks or even months in advance. I usually make my reservations through OpenTable.com, but some restaurants use other online systems.
Arrive on time
If you have a reservation, it’s important that you show up on time. Most places will only hold your table for 10-15 minutes before giving it to someone else, so don’t be late.
You are expected to tip 15-20% at restaurants with table service unless things have been really bad, and with really bad, I mean stuff like if the chef had tried to stab you or you’ve found ants in your risotto. Otherwise you leave a tip.
An exception is at restaurants, where it’s clearly stated that service is included in the price. Until recently, it was very seldom the case, but it seems to be more and more common, especially at more upscale places.
Two times a year, it’s NYC Restaurant Week. During this time, you’ll have the chance to dine at some of the city’s very best restaurants for a reduced price.