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Russ & Daughters - Tipping?

llinza Jun 17, 2011 08:56 AM

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. penthouse pup RE: llinza Jun 17, 2011 10:13 AM

    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...

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      small h RE: llinza Jun 17, 2011 10:35 AM

      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. Motosport RE: llinza Jun 17, 2011 02:57 PM

        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.

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          Chuck Lawrence RE: llinza Jun 17, 2011 06:55 PM


          1. iluvcookies RE: llinza Jun 17, 2011 08:16 PM

            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. Wilfrid RE: llinza Jun 17, 2011 08:52 PM

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

              If I am crazy, tell me.

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                RGR RE: Wilfrid Jun 18, 2011 10:52 AM

                I have never seen a tip jar at R&D.


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                  InfoMofo RE: Wilfrid Jun 24, 2011 10:26 AM

                  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. sgordon RE: llinza Jun 18, 2011 02:42 PM

                  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.

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                    pbjluver RE: llinza Jun 18, 2011 06:48 PM

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

                    Never ever have seen anyone tip at Zabars or Fairway.

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                      llinza RE: llinza Jun 24, 2011 10:02 AM

                      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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                        RGR RE: llinza Jun 24, 2011 10:21 AM

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


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