Tipping the sushi chef? [moved from Manhattan board]
I don't have a lot of experience going to good sushi restos & I'm wondering if it is common/expected to tip the sushi chef in addition to the 15-20% added to the bill? I understand it's a nice gesture to buy him a drink, but is it expected in NYC to tip if one is at the counter after a omakase dinner?
Every Sushi place in America I've gone to usually has a glass jar somewhere on the sushi bar for tips to the sushi chefs. If you sit at the counter in NYC it is expected to tip in the jar. I usually throw in a couple of bucks into the jar, then still tip my usual twenty percent to the server. I see it as a gesture of thanks for getting to watch the artistry of the sushi masters as they prepare the various dishes they make!