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New Yorkers Are the Best Tippers, Study Says

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We assume it's because the rent is so insanely expensive


New Yorkers Are the Best Tippers, Study Says

We all knew bourbon drinkers were the best tippers, but what cities are the best for servers?

Well, a new survey conducted by coupon website CouponCodes4u reportedly polled 2,317 Americans across the country, and found that New Yorkers leave the best tips, a press release notes.

This probably has plenty to do with the high living cost of New York City, and notorious underpaying of servers, which leaves New Yorkers to tip an average of 23.6 percent (remember, this is the city that was thinking of making 30 percent tips the norm). New Jersey came in second, with 22.1 percent tips, and California at 20.4 percent.

The lowest tippers? Arkansas, where residents tip 10 percent on average, and West Virginia, where they tip 10.5 percent.

Of course, when polling residents across the board, 67 percent of surveyed adults said they always tipped, while 24 percent said it "depended on the service." But generally, 39 percent of Americans normally tip 20 percent while eating out; 35 percent tipped 15 percent, and 9 percent leave 10 percent tips. Not bad, even as 12 percent feel "pressured" to tip more than the standard 20 percent, the survey says.

So there you have it. The best tippers? Bourbon drinkers from New York City. We're in a good market.

MAP: Richest Neighborhoods Aren't Best Delivery Tippers, GrubHub Stats Show

UPPER EAST SIDE &mdash A tony stretch of the Upper East Side is one of the wealthiest parts of the city &mdash but you wouldn't know it from how residents tip food delivery workers.

Customers in the 10075 zip code &mdash which runs from Fifth Avenue to the East River in the 70s and is one of the 10 richest zip codes in the country, according to Forbes &mdash give food delivery workers just a 14.4 percent tip on average, lower than the tips in dozens of poorer zip codes across the five boroughs, according to data from GrubHub, the online food ordering site.

&ldquoThey are the ones who are the richest, in the penthouses. They order [but] they don&rsquot tip well,&rdquo said Umut Maya, 32, owner of A La Turka Mediterranean restaurant at Second Avenue and East 74th Street. &ldquoThat&rsquos why they&rsquore rich.&rdquo

Brooklynites were the best tippers, offering 15 percent on average, followed by Queens and Staten Island, then Manhattan and the Bronx. Citywide, the average tip was 14.7 percent, but tips were as low as 9.8 percent in Jamaica and as high as 17.5 percent in Trump Place on the Upper West Side.

DNAinfo put together a map of GrubHub's data, showing how each neighborhood tipped from March 2013 to March 2014. (Note that the map does not include parts of the Rockaways, where GrubHub said they had insufficient data.)

In the Upper East Side's 10075, the third-richest zip code in the city, Faustino Hernandez, 48, who delivers for an artisanal pizza place, said tips are worse than they are farther uptown, where he used to deliver.

&ldquoIn the elevator here, the delivery boys, we see each other and compare,&rdquo Hernandez said. &ldquoTwo dollars, $1.50, $3 on a $50 order."

Maya, of A La Turka, said delivery tips are lower for online orders, compared to phone orders, and delivery workers suffer for it.

"Business is better &mdash we are happy," Maya said. "But [delivery workers] need to be happy too."

GrubHub's online ordering platform does not give a suggested tip, allowing users to set their own.

Leslie Danzis, who lives on East 74th Street, said she usually tips 15 percent and was surprised to hear her neighbors give less.

"They have the money," she said. "They're ordering from expensive places."

Other top-tipping neighborhoods include Woodlawn, Flushing and Sunnyside, with average tips of about 16 percent, data show.

But the well-off 10024 zip code, in the West 80s, tipped at just the citywide average, and zip codes in the West 70s tipped even lower, according to the GrubHub data.

Nancy Burden, an elementary school teacher who lives on the Upper West Side, said she always tips 20 percent for online orders.

&ldquoIf you don&rsquot tip them, I don&rsquot know how people think they&rsquore going to live,&rdquo she said.

Minimum wage for delivery workers is $5.65 per hour.

New York City as a whole is the 13th-best tipping city nationally, GrubHub found, behind St. Louis, Missouri Kalamazoo, Michigan and the country's top-tipping Boulder, Colorado, which averaged 16.2 percent.

The GrubHub data did not include information from Seamless, its subsidiary, which has a suggested 10 percent tip on its website.

GrubHub was recently investigated by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who found that the company was taking a portion of workers' tips, Schneiderman's office said.

The company takes 15 to 20 percent of each order price, based on agreements with individual restaurants, but GrubHub was also taking a percentage of delivery tips as well, which "may have resulted in violations of New York labor law," Schneiderman found.

In an April 2014 settlement, GrubHub agreed to stop taking the tips by next April.

"GrubHub Inc. is committed to always acting with integrity and conducting business in an ethical and legal manner," the company said in a statement. "We have worked closely with the N.Y. state Attorney General's office to ensure that our policies and practices are in compliance with all applicable New York labor laws."

Here are the best tippers in the city:

1. 10069 - Upper West Side, 60s
2. 10470 - Woodlawn, Van Cortlandt Park
3. 11222 - Greenpoint
4. 11104 - Sunnyside
5. 11218 - Windsor Terrace, Kensington
6. 10312 - Arden Heights, Rossville, Annadale
7. 10307 - Tottenville
8. 11358 - Flushing
9. 11211 - Williamsburg
10. 10014 - West Village
11. 11215 - Park Slope, Gowanus
12. 11232 - Greenwood, Sunset Park
13. 10065 - Upper East Side
14. 11237 - Bushwick
15. 11105 - Astoria, Ditmars, Steinway
16. 10301 - Tompkinsville, New Brighton
17. 11238 - Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights
18. 11209 - Bay Ridge
19. 11201 - Downtown Brooklyn, Navy Yard, DUMBO, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill
20. 10020 - Midtown, Seventh Avenue in the 50s

Here's how the boroughs ranked:
1. Brooklyn - 15 percent average tip
2. Queens - 14.9 percent average tip
3. Staten Island - 14.7 percent average tip
4. Manhattan - 14.5 percent average tip
5. Bronx - 13.9 percent average tip

Preparing the Chicken

There is no consensus on the best way to prep a chicken for roasting it’s all a matter of personal preference and tried-and-true experience. But here are some suggestions for where to start. Try each and then pick your go-to method. And note that there’s nothing wrong with leaving the bird as is, salting it and just putting it in the oven.


Spatchcocking, also known as butterflying, is an extremely simple move that delivers a gorgeously cooked chicken with crisp skin, and it does so quickly — usually in less than 45 minutes.

To spatchcock a chicken, take a pair of kitchen shears or a very sharp knife and cut along one side of the chicken's backbone. Open up the bird so it lies flat. Cut along the other side of the backbone to remove it entirely. Then cook the chicken breast-side up.

The only disadvantage to this method is that you’ll lose the classic Norman Rockwell presentation of the whole bird. But the speediness and great flavor make up for it.

A tip: Don’t toss that backbone! A roasted backbone will add more flavor to stock than using a raw backbone. Roast it alongside the chicken, and either serve with the bird (delicious to gnaw on), or save for stock. (You could also just leave the backbone attached, rather than removing it from the bird altogether. Cut along the backbone on only one side of the bird, then open the chicken and roast as is. This doesn’t affect cooking time and saves you some knife work.)


Splaying yields a chicken with succulent white meat and perfectly roasted dark meat. The thighs, usually the slowest part of the bird to cook through, get a head start by being positioned directly on the burning hot pan. And the technique is quicker and easier than spatchcocking.

To splay the chicken, use a sharp knife to cut the skin along the thigh on each side, where the legs connect to the body. Then splay the thighs open until you feel the joint pop on each side. Spread out the thighs out so they can lie flat in a preheated skillet


Some people like the nice, compact shape of a trussed chicken, and argue that it helps keep the white meat moist. If you want to try it, the classic method is demonstrated in the video above.

For a shortcut trussing method, simply tie the chicken’s legs together at the ankles with one piece of twine, and then use another piece of twine to tie the wings to the breast.

If you’re planning to stuff your chicken, you may want to truss it in the traditional style. Or you can get away with just tying the legs together to keep the stuffing mix from falling out.

Who Are The Best And The Worst Tippers? New Survey Has Answers

Call it a tipping paradox: A new survey finds that men and millennials are the worst tippers, but, when they decide to tip, they leave more money than the best tippers, women and Baby Boomers.

"Men and millennials are boom or bust tippers," says Ted Rossman, an industry analyst for , which hired YouGuv to conduct the online survey. "They’re the most likely to stiff you entirely, but they’re also the most likely to give you a really good tip."

The survey, which sampled 2,569 adults Aug. 21-23, has a margin of error of plus or minus 2%, and the results are representative of the U.S. adult population, says

*About 1 of every 3 millennials don't always tip at a restaurant, and 60% of millennials don't always tip a taxi driver.

*A millennial's average tip is 22%, compared with 17% for Baby Boomers.

*80% of women always tip at a sit-down restaurant, compared with 74% of men.

*Nearly 9 of every 10 Baby Boomers always tip restaurant servers, and more than 6 of every 10 always tip taxi drivers.

*Less than 50% of people always tip their taxi driver.

*Less than 3 of every 10 people always tip their hotel housekeeper.

About 1 of every 3 millennials doesn't always tip at a restaurant, while 9 of every 10 Baby Boomers . [+] always tip. (Photo: Ryan Sutton/Bloomberg)

The large percentages of millennials who don't always tip at a restaurant or tip a taxi driver might lead one to conclude that millennials are cheap or don’t have much money to spare between early-career salaries, student loans and other expenses. But a past survey may provide other reasons, Rossman says.

"We found that millennials were the most likely to say they’d like to do away with the tipping culture, even if it means paying higher food prices," he says. "That suggests to me that there’s a cultural aspect to this as well."

Many millennials seem to view tipping as inherently unfair, and "there is some truth to that," Rossman says.

"Tipping has historically been used to keep business owners’ costs down and contributed to economic inequality," he says. "It has particularly hurt women and people of color. However, tipping is a social norm, and tipping poorly hurts hardworking people who need the money. Even if you don’t see tipping as a fair practice, it’s a big part of society."

One reason why women tip best is because about 70% of tipped workers are female, Rossman says.

"I think some of this is women looking out for other women," he says. "Women are also more empathetic in general, and they’re more likely to have personal experience with frequently tipped occupations such as waiting tables, cleaning hotel rooms, cutting hair and taking care of children."

Baby Boomers probably are also the most frequent tippers, because they typically have more disposable income than Gen Xers and millennials, Rossman says. "They were also raised in a traditional culture that makes them more likely to follow social norms such as tipping."

According to the survey, 14% of adults never tip taxi drivers, and 27% never tip hotel housekeepers or coffee shop baristas.

People who never tip taxi drivers may be "cheap or ignorant," Rossman guesses.

"It’s hard to get 100% of the population to do anything," he says. " Ride-share services could be a factor, too. Uber didn’t allow in-app tipping from 2009-2017. So, old habits might die hard for some riders who are continuing the no-tip era today."

Rossman believes some people fail to realize how much of a cut Uber, Lyft and local taxi companies take from drivers. "Passengers might think the entire ride payment is going to the driver, so that might make them less likely to tip."

Such a large percentage of people who don't always tip hotel housekeepers may mostly be attributed to "out of sight, out of mind," Rossman says.

"We typically don’t interact with or even see the hardworking people who clean our hotel rooms. Less personal interaction leads to less tipping."

New Yorkers say Chris Christie did best job after Hurricane Sandy

New York City voters give their leaders high marks for dealing with Hurricane Sandy, but it was the governor of New Jersey who won the highest accolades, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Tuesday.

New Yorkers continue to deal with the after-effects of the superstorm that made landfall at the end of last month and the cleanup and restoration of much of metropolitan New York is expected to cost tens of billions of dollars. Not surprisingly, those New Yorkers living outside Manhattan said by a majority of 51% to 41% that the central borough was favored by government and relief agencies, while those living in Manhattan said they weren’t favored by a narrow 47%-44% margin, the poll found.

It often takes a crisis like a major storm and the subsequent fallout to shake the political spectrum. President George W. Bush never recovered from Katrina and in New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg hit his lowest approval ratings after the city had a hard time coping with a Christmas holiday blizzard two years ago. Bloomberg has bounced back in his handling of the Sandy situation and 75% of his city’s voters rated him good or excellent, according to the poll.

[For the record, 10:13 a.m., Nov. 20: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that President George H.W. Bush never recovered from Katrina.]

Even with that high a number, Bloomberg was easily eclipsed by how voters felt about the other major leaders’ response. A full 89% of New York City voters said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s response was “excellent” or “good,” with, 85% saying the same for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and President Obama.

Asked who did the best job, Christie, who distributed hugs and supplies to those in need for weeks, was at 36%, more than double the 15% of Cuomo, a possible presidential contender in 2016 along with Christie. Obama, who shared one of those clasps with Christie in an embrace important for its politics, was at 22% and Bloomberg at 15%.

“The storm of the century brings out the best in Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New Yorkers say. But that love fest between New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie and President Barack Obama seems to have moved voters especially,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “While all four leaders get very high marks -- it seems a hug or two never hurts.”

The survey is based on telephone calls to 1,165 New York City voters between Nov. 14 and 18. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

Christie’s leadership style has long been a question. The Republican governor has gained fame, friends and some enemies for his pugnacious responses at town hall meetings. His political embrace of Obama was not unexpected, given the need to deal with federal relief agencies during a time of crisis, but it left some Republican activists dismayed that it came during a fiercely fought presidential race.

For example, Rupert Murdoch, head of News Corp., whose Fox television network is a frequent stop for GOP hopefuls, sent out a warning on Twitter that Christie had best reemphasize his support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney or take the blame.

According to the New York Times, Christie told Murdoch that amid the devastation, New Jersey needed friends, no matter their political party, according to people briefed on the discussion. The next day, Christie reaffirmed his support of Romney, who was defeated by Obama.

Many New Yorkers Stuck in Low-Wage Work: Study

New York City may be recovering from the recession with strong gains in number of jobs available, but a new study shows that more New Yorkers are getting stuck in low-wage occupations that offer little chance of upward mobility.

A report by the Center for an Urban Future released Thursday showed the number of New Yorkers working in low-wage jobs has increased over the last five years. In 2012, 35 % of New Yorkers over 18 worked in a low-wage occupations, up from 31.1 %in 2007. The national average for Americans is around 28%, according to the report. The percentage is especially high in the Bronx and Brooklyn, where almost half of employed adults are working in low-wage positions.

And while the number of jobs available is positive, when viewed against the cost of living in the city, a worrying picture emerges of "working poor" just scraping by, says director of the Center for an Urban Future, Jonathan Bowles.

"It's gotten even harder to make ends meet," said Bowles. "New York was never an affordable place, but I think the path to economic self sufficiency has gotten even harder for a lot of New Yorkers."

The study defines a low wage job as paying less than $12.89 an hour or less than $27,000 a year. The data reflects an "increased polarization of New York City's job market," according to the report, with most "decent paying jobs" requiring a college degree. The center points to Brookings Institute data from last year showing that roughly half of job openings in the city required a post-secondary degree, disqualifying more than 40 % of adults in the city. As a result, people with a high school diploma cannot necessarily compete against those with higher levels of education and are turning to low-wage jobs to get by.

One in every 25 New Yorkers is a millionaire, study says

Walk down the street in New York and you’re virtually guaranteed to see several millionaires.

That’s because more than 1 in every 25 New Yorkers is a millionaire, according to a study released Tuesday.

The Big Apple ranks fourth in a listing of the top 20 global cities based on the portion of their populations whose net worth, excluding primary residence, tops $1 million.

Altogether, 4.63% of New Yorkers, or 389,100 people, are millionaires, according to the analysis by Spear’s magazine and consulting firm WealthInsight.

“New York has long been the bastion of wealth not only in America, but the world,” said Oliver Williams, an analyst at WealthInsight. “It has the second largest millionaire and largest billionaire population of any global city.”

Monaco, Zurich and Geneva claimed the first three spots. Nearly 3 in 10 people in Monaco are millionaires.

Houston at No. 18 and San Francisco at No. 19 were the only other U.S. cities to make the list. In each city, a bit more than 2% of residents are millionaires.

Not surprisingly, most of the highest-ranked cities are banking and financial centers, including Frankfurt (No. 5) and London (No. 6).

What servers say

Restaurant servers contacted by say the poll results are in line with their personal experiences. People who pay with credit cards seem to leave more, and they tip more consistently.

“In my experience, white men are the best tippers,” says Darron Cardosa, who has waited tables at a neighborhood restaurant in Sunnyside Queens, New York, for more than 20 years. “Of course, that is a generalization, but I think most folks who wait tables would agree.”

Who does the wait staff dread? Big groups of young people. “When I see a bunch of college-age people or people in their 20s, I hope it’s not my table, because I know they’re not going to tip well,” says an 18-year-old waitress at an upscale pizza place in Charlotte, North Carolina. “People who are middle-aged who pay with credit cards are the best tippers.”

When I see a bunch of college-age people or people in their 20s, I hope it’s not my table, because I know they’re not going to tip well.

This New Quarantine Cookbook Is a Love Letter to New York City

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Illustrations from The Quarantine Cookbook. Photo: Courtesy of Carmen Hall and Layla Alter

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For many of us, the experience of sheltering in place has revitalized our home cooking practices. I’ve been embarking on projects that have long been on my bucket list, like fermenting kimchi and sauerkraut, and I find myself sharing recipes with friends more than ever. (Earlier today, a dear chef friend sent me a recipe for red lentil dal that I’m looking forward to trying out this week.)

This sharing of tips and resources extends beyond my immediate circle. Food artist Lexie Smith, for example, has sent her dehydrated sourdough starter around the world, mailing it from her farm in upstate New York to places as faraway as Australia. The simple act of buying groceries has now become a communal activity, as healthy, able-bodied people are stepping in for those who are immuno-compromised and must stay home.

In this spirit of communal giving, two native New Yorkers are offering up the ultimate crowdsourced recipe book as a fundraiser for local food banks. Longtime friends Layla Alter and Carmen Hall debuted their first online edition of “The Quarantine Cookbook” last week. It features 130 pages of recipes from New York chefs and artists as well as friends and family members each entry accompanied by hand-drawn illustrations. The Standard’s creative director of food and culture Angela Dimayuga shares her recipe for the shelf-stable butter bean pastina (she says she first fell in love with mini pasta because her corner bodega stocked it), and experimental food collective Spiral Theory Test Kitchen share their dish made up of turmeric, cumin, mustard seed, coconut milk, chickpeas, and fire-roasted tomatoes to make what they call “Butter Chicken(peas).” Contra and Wildair chefs Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone share the secret to Wildair’s chocolate tart, while Laila Gohar provides a recipe for candied orange peel, to which you can add camomile flowers or dip in dark chocolate.

In addition to New York’s well-known culinary players, Hall and Alter also tapped their friends to contribute recipes. Photographer Mayan Toledano and designer Maayan Sherris share their techniques for shakshuka and challah, and Hall and Alter’s friend Jack Shannon, who also designed the layout for the book, contributed his takes on coconut ceviche and fennel salad. As Hall and Alter explain it, they reached out to their friends first, and then to those outside their network whose work they admired. “We ended up with a very natural assortment of contributors,” Alter says. “You get a taste of parts of our extended community, from recipes from my Moroccan grandma to Ali Sahin, owner of C&B, a community cafe in the East Village.”

Hall, who contributes to Vogue and works at Condé Nast International, and Alter, who runs her own jewelry line, have been friends since middle school. Food instantly became a foundational part of their friendship. In the mornings after sleepovers, Hall and Alter would gather in Alter’s kitchen to start their day with her mom’s shakshuka. To this day, Alter and Hall both obsess over Hall’s mother’s salad dressing. When I ask what makes it so special, Hall can’t quite place it. “It has tarragon in it, which is simple enough, but we can never make a shakshuka like Galila or a salad dressing like Nicole,” Hall says of their moms’ signature recipes. “But you can attempt to perfect Galila’s hummus and Nicole’s biscotti,” Alter adds, as both of their moms shared those recipes in the cookbook.

Before the coronavirus, theyɽ talked about organizing an IRL dinner party series where they’d debut small, printed cookbooks after the shared meal. After those sorts of dinners became impossible, it shifted the focus of their proposed project. “Once the pandemic hit it was clear we had to expedite the project and shift the initial idea so the cookbook could serve as a means to raise money for those in need,” Alter says, in addition to creating a virtual space for people to come together. The two had already been sharing cooking ideas, and they figured people would need these recipes now more than ever. They carefully researched the food banks that would receive the proceeds from the virtual book, which include the Food Bank for NYC, the London Trussel Trust, and the World Central Kitchen, which also helps small businesses by enlisting restaurants to make meals for those in need. The cookbook has raised $6,000 for the three charities so far.

New Yorkers craving Mexican food are also feeling the Bern’

Google Trends number crunchers compared searches for presidential candidates — including Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — with the food their New York-based fans like the most.

Supporters who google Sanders also searched online for “authentic Mexican recipes, enchilada recipes, and guacamole,” according to the data.

Trump supporters’ searches were more meaty. His fans prefer pork chops, flounder and tilapia.

“It makes sense. He’s more meat-and-potatoes Americana,” said Professor John Hayes of the Department of Food and Science at Penn State University, who authored a study linking spicy food to “risk-taking” behavior.

“It could be that Sanders supporters are more innately adventurous and more likely to take risks. Bernie is a more out-there candidate,” he said.