New York Restaurants Guide to New York City to over 10,732 Restaurants
New York Restaurants and Bars Guide:
New Yorkers love to eat well, and in the five boroughs there are more than 10,000 restaurants catering to their wishes. City dwellers avidly read restaurant reviews in magazines such as "New York" to ensure that they are seen in the latest fashinable eatery. "In" places and cuisine change with great regularity,while some favorite places simply remain popular. The restaurants cited in our listings have been selected as the best that New York can offer across a wide price range.
Meals in most of the better restaurants consists of three course: the appetizer(Starter), an entree (the main course) and a dessert.
Virtually all NY restaurants, except fast-food places, serve you bread and better just after you're seated, at no extra charge. In some fine restaurans you may be offered a complimentary appetizer, such as a small dollop of moussse or a tiny triangle of quinche.
To get sense of a restaurant's cuisine visit www.menupages.com, which features the menus of several thousand Manhatten eateries.
You will always find a restaurant in New York to suit your budget. At inexpensive coffee shop, diners and fast-food chains, $10 will buy you a filling meal.
Taxes and Tipping - New York Restaurants:
New York city sales tax of 8.625% will be added to your bill. Service is not usually included. Tipping can run from 10% at a coffee shop to 20% at the fanciest places. with 15% average fair tip. Many people just double the sales tax for a tip.The bill is known as the "check" in the US. The most commonly acccepted cards are VISA, MasterCard and American Express.
Traveller's checks are taken in many restaurants.Diners and coffee shop may accept cash only. In fast-food chains, you order at the counter and pay cash in advance.
Dining on a Budget - New York Restaurants
Despite the tales of $200 business lunches, there are ways to stretch a meal budget in New York.
Order fewer courses than you would normally. American portions are huge, and an appetizer is often big enough for a light main course. You could share one with your companion or choose two appetizers and no entree.
"Specials of the day" may be more expensive than items on the printed menu, so be sure to check prices.
Ask your waiter if there is a prix-fixie menu. Many of the more expensive restaurants offer this at lunch and dinner - in the early evening it may often be called the pre-theater menu. Or try a pre-fixe lunch buffet. These are popular in Indian rataurants and other places and very reasonably priced meals.
Other Options for a quick tasty and restorative meal are the less expensive Chinese, Thai and Mexican restaurants and some Jewish delis. Italian pizzarias and French bistros, as well as the small eateries that serve fish and chips, griddle hamburgers or gourmet sandwiches and dessert also offer good value.
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