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Russ & Daughters - Tipping?

For quite awhile I've been wondering about tipping protocol at Russ & Daughters - more specifically, "Should I be tipping the countermen? If so, how much?"

I do not go there a lot but when I do it is generally for a sizable quantity of fish and the place is fairly, and sometimes insanely, crowded. I have never actually spotted anyone tipping the counter guys, but they are so helpful it feels like I should be. There certainly is no tip jar in sight.

So do you tip at R&D?


Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. If you were to go frequently, and have a favorite behind the counter, then at holiday time you might tip (as I do with butchers) but in the way you are describing it, no...On the other hand, I have never seen any NYC server refuse a few extra dollars...

    1. I don't tip at Russ & Daughters, and I've never seen anyone else tip there, either. I'm sure the counter guys would appreciate it if you did, but I don't think it's even remotely expected. I've been there twice in the past two weeks for the new catch Holland herring (which you should run right over there and buy, because it's very good this year).

      1. Tipping?
        Russ and Daughters, no. Not expected.
        Katz'a, yes. Not expected but the counter man will give you a little taste. A buck is enough.

          1. No, this is one place that, to me, tipping would seem awkward. In fact it hadn't ever crossed my mind to do so.

            1. Am I dreaming, or isn't there a tip jar? If so, yes.

              If I am crazy, tell me.

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                1. re: Wilfrid

                  One time I asked the guy making my sandwich if there was a tip jar, and he ranted about how they don't get tipped and meanwhile the Katz's guys around the corner get tipped. So the answer is no, they don't expect tips and they don't have a tip jar, but they will definitely appreciate a dollar or two.

                2. I don't think it's common to tip, but when I pay cash if there's a couple bucks left over I'll usually tell them to keep the change.

                  1. Do you tip the guy/gal at the deli counter at yr local supermarket?

                    Never ever have seen anyone tip at Zabars or Fairway.

                    1. Thanks for all the feedback! I'll continue to Not tip, but now with a clear conscience.

                      I have always tipped at Katzs and getting to do that as kid was a big part of the fun - handing it to the counter man just felt so 'grown-up'.

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                      1. re: llinza

                        Tipping the countermen at Katz's is not mandatory. But there are tip cups, and it has become a tradition.