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