There are more diners in New York City than there are diners at hotels, according to a new study from the Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank.
The trend is even more pronounced in Washington, D.C., where the study found that more dinners are tipping than at the rest of the country.
New York and Washington, DC, both rank among the top 10 most tip-friendly cities.
But even among the 10 most popular cities, diners are tipping less than 1% of guests.
And in San Francisco, diner tipping rates are much lower.
The findings come from a survey of more than 1,000 diners conducted by the Economic Proselytizer, a Washington-based nonprofit organization that works to promote the economy by encouraging tips.
The group looked at a wide variety of tips across different categories and in different cities across the country, including tips for food, transportation, entertainment, and other services.
The average tip at diners is $1.10, according the study.
New Yorkers tip the most at about $3.70.
Washington, District of Columbia and San Francisco rank second, third, and fourth, respectively, at $2.30 and $3, according that survey.
The study found a clear correlation between tipping and overall revenue, with diners with the highest tipping rates averaging more than three times the revenue from diners who don’t tip.
The data also revealed that restaurants and bars that are known for high prices, like the famous Bistro La Brea in Brooklyn, have been the most popular diners, with an average of $1,400 in tips.
That number jumps to $4,700 at The Steakhouse, which is in the most expensive part of the city.
Tipping can be a lucrative revenue source, with more than $3 billion in tips earned each year by restaurants and pubs across the nation, according a report by the National Restaurant Association.
And restaurants that don’t have tipping tables are more likely to be low-income, with fewer than 10% of diners being employed full-time.
The report notes that low-wage jobs account for the majority of diner income.
The survey also showed that nearly two-thirds of dinners tipped more than 30% of their tips, while less than 15% tipped less than 10%.
The study also showed a clear trend toward increasing the tip at restaurants with higher levels of tipping, such as the iconic Steak House in San Jose, California, with a whopping 71% of the sample tipping more than 50%.
The number of people tipping more, on average, is nearly five times higher than the national average.