Berlin vs Bucharest vs New York City

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 3,400,000 1,830,000 8,323,340
Official language(s) German Romanian English (de facto)
Level of English Very high High Very high
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Most common months to visit May - September April - October April - June, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) RON - Romanian Leu (L) USD - US Dollar ($)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2383 $1462 $5431
Rent $1017 $665 $2891
Groceries $203 $123 $383
Dining out $294 $178 $656
Cafe $62 $41 $72
Coworking space $189 $144 $326
Mobile internet $25 $8 $45
Public transportation $95 $23 $220
Taxis $63 $10 $78
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $27 $30
Sport and cultural events $69 $31 $100
Museums and sights $40 $32 $74
Nightlife $68 $49 $195
Gym $71 $33 $55
Yoga $107 $64 $197
Massage $61 $34 $109
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone, Orange AT&T, Verizon
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Lyft
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. 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 Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options.
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 33 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow