Austin vs Istanbul vs Mexico City vs New York City

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 926,426 15,520,000 8,850,000 8,323,340
Official language(s) English (de facto) Turkish Spanish English (de facto)
Level of English Very high Low Moderate Very high
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - June, September and October March - May, October, November April - June, September - November
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) USD - US Dollar ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $659 $1867 $5431
Rent $1650 $354 $778 $2891
Groceries $243 $44 $281 $383
Dining out $396 $81 $182 $656
Cafe $66 $18 $49 $72
Coworking space $331 $49 $159 $326
Mobile internet $40 $3 $25 $45
Public transportation $110 $6 $11 $220
Taxis $73 $6 $9 $78
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $2 $24 $30
Sport and cultural events $54 $11 $81 $100
Museums and sights $11 $15 $20 $74
Nightlife $124 $22 $64 $195
Gym $62 $9 $69 $55
Yoga $139 $23 $65 $197
Massage $89 $15 $51 $109
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar AT&T, Verizon
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft BiTaksi Uber Uber, Lyft
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options.
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow