This summer could be a tipping point pun intended for New York restaurants.
The last hearing by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration on something called the “tip credit” will be held at Hostos Community College in the Bronx in late June.
If you eat at restaurants, you probably don’t even know that you’ve been affected by the tip credit, which means that restaurants can pay their wait staff less than the minimum wage because they are also getting gratuities.
Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, which represents restaurant owners, thinks eliminating the tip credit and making food places pay minimum wage will cause people eating out to pay higher prices, result in establishments closing and ultimately hurt workers.
Rigie says servers in city restaurants already make an estimated $25 an hour when tips are included, depending on how high-end their restaurants are.