Istanbul vs New York City

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 15,520,000 8,323,340
Official language(s) Turkish English (de facto)
Level of English Low Very high
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October April - June, September - November
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) USD - US Dollar ($)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $1493 $5431
Rent $802 $2891
Groceries $100 $383
Dining out $183 $656
Cafe $41 $72
Coworking space $112 $326
Mobile internet $7 $45
Public transportation $14 $220
Taxis $14 $78
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $30
Sport and cultural events $25 $100
Museums and sights $34 $74
Nightlife $49 $195
Gym $21 $55
Yoga $52 $197
Massage $33 $109
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom AT&T, Verizon
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber, Lyft
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish 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 Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options.
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow