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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: $40–70
  • Slice of pizza: around $4
  • Food-truck taco: from $3
  • Bus or subway ride: $3
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: from around $200
  • Brunch for two at a midrange restaurant: $70
  • Dinner for two at a midrange eatery: $130
  • Craft cocktail at a lounge: $14–19
  • Discount TKTS ticket to a Broadway show: $80
Top end (more than)
  • Luxury stay at the NoMad Hotel: $325–850
  • Tasting menu at a top-end restaurant: $90–325
  • A 1½-hour massage at the Great Jones Spa: $200
  • Metropolitan Opera orchestra seats: $100–390

ATMs widely available; credit cards accepted at most hotels, stores and restaurants. Farmers markets, food trucks and some restaurants and bars are cash-only.


Tipping is not optional; only withhold tips in cases of outrageously bad service.

  • Restaurant servers 18–20%, unless a gratuity is already charged on the bill (usually only for groups of five or more)

  • Bartenders 15–20% per round, minimum per drink $1 for standard drinks, and $2 per specialty cocktail

  • Taxi drivers 10–15%, rounded up to the next dollar

  • Airport & hotel porters $2 per bag, minimum per cart $5

  • Hotel maids $2–4 per night, left in envelope or under the card provided