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Restaurants and Markets

Note: This information applies to NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai students considering a semester in New York. Students from other colleges and universities who are interested in enrolling as a visiting student at NYU's campus in New York should consider programs hosted by NYU's Office of University Programs.  

In New York City you can find a wide variety of cuisines readily available due to the city’s history as a melting pot to immigrants from around the world. Eating out does not necessarily have to break your budget. A number of street vendors and restaurants around the Manhattan and Brooklyn campuses offer relatively inexpensive meals or discounts to NYU students.

  • Street carts are widely available throughout the city and increasingly offer gourmet and Halal options.
  • The Union Square Market is a great option for fresh produce and baked goods.
  • Conveniently located grocery stores include:    

    »Trader Joes: Discount groceries, best place to go but can get very crowded, so go early morning (14th St. and 3rd Ave; 130 Court Street, Brooklyn) 

    »Gristedes: Standard U.S. grocery store (Mercer St. and W 3rd St.; University Place and 8th St.) 

     »Key Food: Standard U.S. grocery store (14th St. and 4th Ave.)




It is customary to tip for most services in the U.S. This mostly applies to restaurants, but you should also tip taxi drivers or anyone else that provides a service, like at a hair salon.

The general rule is to tip in proportion to the service, and the quality of service, being delivered. Usually 15%-20% tip (before taxes) is customary for restaurants where a waiter serves you. Tip jars at carry-out restaurants/coffee shops are a recent addition and most people put their change or $1 for a tip. Tipping at most chain/fast-food restaurants, such as McDonald’s, isn’t necessary.

Tips for a taxi can range from 10%-25% and are discretionary. You may decide not to provide a tip if the service is severely poor, but keep in mind that all those who provide service often are dependent on tip income and generally are grateful for any tips received, especially when prompt and exceptional service has been provided and acknowledged.