(Closed) How much spending money do we need for the States?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ticatica:  What are you looking to do? It depends in NYC you can go to a nice resturaunt and spend easily $150 on a meal for 2 or you can find a nice dinner for cheaper. My suggestion would be to look at places you want to go online and look at the menu to get an idea of places to eat. Shopping also depends if you want coach and gucci and all that then yes you are going to spend a pretty penny to get those things lol.

  If you give me some ideas of what you like and want to eat I can kind of help you out!

Post # 4
4467 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah, it definitely depends on what kind of food you’ll be eating in NYC and Vegas.  You can eat cheap, or food can get really expensive.

If you need a cab to and from LaGuardia or JFK, it will be $50ish each way.  Tax is 8% here in NY…not sure about Vegas.  The subway/bus is $2.25 per ride.  Tipping is standard here in the US, and it’s 15-20% of your bill.


Post # 5
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ticatica:  it all depends on where you’re eating.

if you’re in a sit-down restaurant people usually tip 18-20% of the total bill, as long as the service was good. and it’s definitely necessary.

depending on what kind of food you want, you could go out to a restaurant and drop hundreds (like mentioned above), and have to tip on top of that, or you could go to a deli for $10 and not have to tip at all.

i’d definitely at least pick out some sit-down restaurants to go to before you head off, and take extra $ for more casual lunches, etc. (maybe $20 per person per lunch… just to be safe?)

Post # 6
5773 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Mmmm its a little hard to say. You can eat for pretty much any budget in NYC but if you’re at a restaurant you should expect to tip 20% on top of the bill, if you have the hotel deliver your bags to your room its $1 a bag (same goes for the airport but I avoid porters). Considering how often I take taxis I have no idea what to tip… 10-15% ?

No sales tax on clothing purchases < $100 in NYC

What airport are you flying out of? Cab fare is a flat $45 but I would take a bus. Its like $12-15 each way and they drop off in midtown so it’s really convenient. You’re going to have to cab it from the airport in LV but I don’t remember it being expensive… $20 maybe?

Post # 8
4467 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

There’s tons of Thai here in New York.  A typical place/cost would be Spice, which is kind of a mini-chain here :http://www.spicethainyc.com/spice/home/index.html

I’m not sure where you’re staying, but to get cheap eats, you’re better off venturing out of the touristy areas.  Hell’s Kitchen is a good place in midtown for cheaper food.  East Village and Lower East Side have tons of little places. 

Yelp will be your friend here and in Vegas.  Download the app on your phone.

Post # 10
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@tcanne:  i saw that thread yesterday and promptly ignored it. but thank you for linking me to the weed/bread thing, which i missed yesterda. awesome. all them weed smokin’ ‘mericans are horrifying and violent and love carbs! better stay away…

Post # 11
1769 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@ticatica:  I’ve done 4 day trips to both cities (Las Vegas twice, NYC once earlier this summer, but I’m going again in August). I’ve always gone with girlfriends, so we don’t go to super nice resturants, and we do some shopping, but nothing major (like we’ll go to Zara, not….Barney’s) – most of our money is spent in bars. I’ve always spent between $300-$500. I think you can get out of NYC cheaper than Vegas because EVERYTHING in Vegas is touristy (so overpriced) whereas in NYC you can go to places locals eat. In NYC you can spend a night at a local bar and have several drinks and spend less than $60…in Las Vegas, several drinks anywhere will be a lot more expensive.

ETA: and YES, please tip! Servers in the states are paid crap (right now in my state it’s barely over $2/hour) – tips are necessary! As pp, standard in most major cities is 20%, unless you get crap service….as I’ve always said, the only tip worse than no tip is 5%, because then you can’t convince yourself they forgot. I’m awful at tipping cap drivers, though, so I really shouldn’t be talking (I always remember to tip, but I get flustered with the exchange and usually end up undertipping and don’t realize it until later.)

Post # 12
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

we went here for my Fi’s birthday, his sister lives in Manhattan and found out about it, if you like meat it is seriously worth it, cost us $60 each and was all you can eat meat, honestly the best tasting meat I have ever had!!! Brazillian Restaurant




Other than that we just stuck to diners, and stuff like that 😀

The second time we went there I think we spent about £350 each not including trips as we did them the first time round, we were there for a week, and the first time we went, we spent loads as we wanted to do everything and buy everything lol

Post # 13
3583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think you’re going to have a harder time finding cheap food in Vegas – at least in NYC there are tons of those bodega/salad bar places and pizza by the slice places. Vegas is built to rip you off (lived there, I know) and eating cheap means really gross arcade/food court food.  Do what you can, mama.  That said, my favorite place in Vegas used to be FireFly, its a tapas bar off the strip, would probably cost you a $5 cab ride and its next to Ruth Chris if you don’t like the menu.  Oh and there is a Moroccan place there too (basically, get off the strip for good food at a reasonable price).  http://www.fireflylv.com/  Also, Joe’s NY Style Pizza down the street is actually the best pizza in Vegas, hands down.

And I agree, Yelp.com is your friend.

Post # 14
6750 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

If you’re coming to NY, guess about $50 each way for airport taxis.  You can take the train if you’re coming into JFK and that will be less than $10 each person, each way. 

As for restaurants, you can sign up for groupon, living social, thrillest, etc and they will have tons and tons of really awesome restaurant deals, as well was restaurant.com.  This way, you can avoid some of the nice high-end restaurants, without spending $150-200/dinner. 

Tax is about 8.75% in the city.  Some people tip on food based on doubling that, which is about 17%.  Or, you can just do 20% of the bill. 

The good thing about NY, though, is that there are tons of really awesome small cheap places with delicious food and that’s really want NY is all about.  yelp.com to find the reviews for great places in the city.  I would reserve 1 night for a fancy dinner, but the rest – try all the “hole in a wall” joints for a true NY experience, imo. 

Instead of taxis, you can take the subway.  Subway is $2.25 a ride.  And, people CAN be helpful in NY – just ask how to get somewhere and there are lots of MTA people in booths to help, as well. 

Also, the new trend is eating from food carts.  They have some really awesome food carts you have to try.  Definitely if you love meat, try one of those halal carts – the white sauce is seriously to die for.  Street meat for the win!  Those things used to really skeeve me out, but they’re so delicious I just don’t care anymore lol.. and it’s like $6-8 or so for a meal and a soda and you will be STUFFED at the end (per person).

As for things to do – you can take the Staten Island Ferry to see the Statue of Liberty instead of paying for that ridiculously overpriced and overpacked tour.  Definitely walk the Brooklyn Bridge – it’s a part of NY you cannot miss and it’s free!  And so is Central Park, which you cannot miss.  Grab your street meat halal cart deliciousness and go sit outside in Central Park and enjoy a perfect NYC picnic.  You can also rent bikes if you’re into that and it’s not that expensive – groupon and living social often have deals for that sort of stuff.

Also, if you’re into theatre, there are TKTS booths.. you can go in the morning, get 2 tickets at a ridiculous discount for a show, and then come back later that night to watch the show.  You don’t know what shows they’ll have available until that morning, but it’s worth a shot.  Otherwise, broadwaybox.com if there’s a specific show you’re dying to see and don’t want to risk it not being on TKTS (the lion king for instance).

And either in NYC or in LV, if you haven’t already seen it, you must go see the Blue Man Group.  I saw them in LV and LOVED it.  It’s such a great show and not as expensive as some other ones. 

Good luck and PM me if you want more info.  I live in Queens, work in Bayside, and commute through Manhattan every day! 🙂

Post # 16
3041 posts
Sugar bee

I would plan at least $1,000 for spending for 10 days. NYC is expensive no matter what. The food can be relatively inexpensive but drinks are pricey. Finding a beer less than $7 is tough– not even mentioning wine & mixed drinks. I don’t know much about vegas, but I would assume the same.

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