How it works:
- Most food places are fine, it’s generally just a few bad eggs around touristy areas that spoil it for the rest.
- Version 1: some restaurants at Times Square charge double the tip by adding an additional gratuity on the bill.
- Version 2: food carts on the street usually do not list their prices and may quote prices based on how unfamiliar (or how rich) they think you are.
- Version 3: no prices on menu; or advertising 50% off happy hour but not disclosing that it conveniently does not apply to items you order.
- Version 4: overcharging and not providing an itemized bill.
- Version 5: Florida fake pizza flyers.
Places to beware:
- Anywhere (e.g. New York City: Times Square, Central Park; Los Angeles: Hollywood Boulevard; San Francisco: Ghirardelli Square, Chinatown)
What to do:
- Choose: reputable places (use food review apps like Yelp, Foursquare, EAT24, Open Table, etc) and avoid those promoted by touts.
- Check: menu (prices, fine print), itemized bill, and do not eat what was not ordered.
- Alternative: GetYourGuide (leading day tours platform globally) has a couple of food tours.