New York City Dining Tips, NYC
CrowdsLook for crowds! An empty restaurant is usually a bad restaurant. There are some trendy retaurants that are always full but have bad food, but you'll be able to tell which ones those are.
The city that never sleepsNew Yorkers eat whenever they're hungry. You can venture outside at midnight and get Thai food. Take advantage of this! If you are a night-owl, see our late night dining guide.
MannersDon't be afraid to send food back to the kitchen if it's not to your liking. New Yorkers tend to speak their minds -- never let manners get in the way of a good meal. Some even go as far as risking arrest to get better service!
ReservationsGood restaurants tend to become crowded around 7pm, so make reservations (if possible) or plan to wait for a table. Remember -- there's a reason certain restaurants are crowded. You should be able to tell if the wait is worth it!
In New York City, it is customary to tip 20% and with a NYC 8.25% local tax, a good estimate is to simply double the NYC local tax and round up.