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Still Not Sure How Much to Tip for Pizza Delivery? You're Not Alone

Slice Niki Achitoff-Gray 67 comments

Over the years, we've issued one or two posts and polls on tipping pizza delivery persons. Last month, most everybody was freaking out over a photograph of a receipt that revealed a measly $10 tip on a $1500 pizza order. And the press seems to have reignited the debate. More

Ask A Bartender: What's The Best Tip You've Ever Gotten?

Drinks Carey Jones 18 comments

It's always nice when a customer slaps down an extra $20 at the end of the night, or when that cute girl scribbles her phone number on the coaster and leaves that, too. But tips, both monetary and not-so-monetary, get much crazier than that. We asked 7 bartenders what their best tip ever was, and they range from a Wii to cash from George Clooney to the love of one bartender's life. More

What's a Reasonable Automatic Gratuity?

New York The Serious Eats Team 54 comments

There are some situations in which I'd expect an automatic gratuity—say, a party of eight at a restaurant on New Year's Eve, or a birthday party at a crowded restaurant on a Saturday night. But increasingly in New York, I've been noticing restaurants tacking on tips for parties as small as 4 or 5, and a few weeks ago, Eater NY even reported that the Ace Hotel was adding a 18% gratuity to every single drink served at the bar. What's a reasonable policy for automatic gratuity? More

How Much Should You Tip on Pizza Delivery?

Slice apizzagirl 153 comments

  • $3 minimum tip. This is 15% on a $20 order. It is not my fault if you ordered less than $20 worth of pizza. Between one and three pizzas is the exact same amount of work for me.
  • Add $1 if you ordered something complicated and I got it right. It is my job to check the order before it goes out to make sure you have the right toppings, extras, and sodas. But be merciful if I didn't get it right. I will have to correct it and that means another whole trip out to your house, which is a big expense for me; I don't get extra gas money and I'm missing out on another delivery I could have taken. Even pros forget a soda now and then.
  • More tips on tipping, after the jump.

Quote of the Day: The Tipping Point

Slice Adam Kuban Post a comment

"Four of 5 customers specifically mentioned the roads or the weather tonight. The one that did not, the husband said, 'CHILLY' as the wife held the door open a little too long. Two of 5 customers still didn't tip!" --Pizza Delivery Stories... More

Mandatory Brunch Tip: Way or No Way?

New York Carey Jones 7 comments

That'll be 18% tip, please. [Photo: Robyn Lee] Fork in the Road reports that one West Village restaurant, Cornelia Street Cafe, has started charging an 18% gratuity on all brunch checks—not just for larger tables. "For some reason, brunchers... More

How Do You Slip the Waiter Extra Tip Money?

Adam Kuban 44 comments

It's an awkward but common situation. Your dinner companion doesn't tip fairly and there's no chance to discreetly slip the waiter some extra money. Do you use the "it's not you, it's me" line, throwing down some extra bills? More

Should A Service Charge Be Included at Restaurants So That Servers Can Have Benefits?

New York Ed Levine 20 comments

[Photograph: Robyn Lee] In a New York Times op-ed piece Phoebe Damrosch, the author of Service Included: Four-Star Secrets of an Eavesdropping Waiter, and also a former server at Per Se, poses the following question: "How can restaurants attract... More

Do You Tip Street Vendors?

New York Carey Jones Post a comment

An interesting discussion over at the Midtown Lunch forum: Do you tip vendors at street carts? And if there's no tip jar, how and how much?... More

Served: Why Tipping Makes Everyone Uncomfortable

Hannah Howard 132 comments

Last week, I learned that many believe a server should never address a customer about a tip. Others chimed in to agree. More

Served: The Ballsy Waitress

Hannah Howard 89 comments

I have never before said a word about a tip. Maybe my thank yous are slightly more emphatic when a tip is extremely generous, but I’ve never approached someone in the reverse situation and asked what was up. But Friday night, I felt different. More

A Lousy Tipper Walks Into a Bar ...

Drinks Paul Clarke 41 comments

If the bartender is simply opening a beer or pouring a glass of Scotch, $1 a drink may still make sense. But what about those bars where ordering a drink is more along the lines of ordering an entrée in a restaurant? More

Coat Check Tipping in the Recession

Ed Levine 56 comments

If you're eating in a restaurant where you're spending at least $50 for dinner, you check your coat. But if you're just having a sandwich or a burger or a couple of tapas or a pizza and you're spending less than $20, should you be under that same obligation? Shouldn't we be able to save those two bucks without feeling guilty? More

Restaurants Adding Sneaky Service Charges

New York Linnea Covington 31 comments

This restaurant didn't add a service charge, but you might want to watch out on your next bill. Nobody likes to be charged extra, especially when it's on the part of the bill you have the most control of—the... More

Foreign Tourists Tend To Be Lousy Tippers: What's A Waiter To Do?

New York Ed Levine 19 comments

©iStockphoto.com/BrianAJackson Frank Bruni reports today that waiters in New York are being stiffed by foreign tourists used to service being included on their bill (service compri in French). Bruni feels the waiters' pain and wracks his brain for an elegant,... More

Served: My Plea To Tip Kindly

Hannah Howard 58 comments

Until I started waiting tables, I had no idea that there were commonly held generalizations about how people act, order, and tip. In retrospect, it makes perfect sense. There are aphorisms about everything. Why should racism, sexism, and general ignorance disappear inside dining establishments? More

What Happens When Valentine's Day Is Snowed Out?

Lia Bulaong Post a comment

Waiter Rant asked his readers in the restaurant industry to comment on how their places fared on Valentine's Day, if they were in areas hit by snowstorms. It looks like a lot of restaurants may have lost money instead of making it, on what's usually one of the most profitable nights of the year, and also people were s-t-i-n-g-y with their waiters. Commenter Morgan: "Tips are notoriously worse on V-Day. They always have been, and they always are. My monthly average is 22%, and last night I was at 17%. It’s a little depressing to realize what I would’ve made if people weren’t used to going out to Applebee’s instead of fine dining, and had a concept of what they’re... More

It's Like a Waiter Wrote It

Nathalie Jordi 1 comment

Augieland hits the nail on the head most of the time he writes, but his essays on tipping, respecting your server, and not ordering filet mignon in a steakhouse get it especially right. Augs, on behalf of food-service workers everywhere, thank you.... More

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