New York City vs Rio de Janeiro

New York City 🇺🇸
Rio de Janeiro 🇧🇷
Population 8,323,340 6,718,903
Official language(s) English (de facto) Portuguese
Level of English Very high Low
Main airport John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) GaleĂŁo International Airport
Most common months to visit April - June, September - November January - March, December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $5431 $1833
Rent $2891 $1066
Groceries $383 $95
Dining out $656 $210
Cafe $72 $25
Coworking space $326 $130
Mobile internet $45 $7
Public transportation $220 $33
Taxis $78 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $30 $16
Sport and cultural events $100 $55
Museums and sights $74 $26
Nightlife $195 $54
Gym $55 $31
Yoga $197 $40
Massage $109 $32
SIM card options AT&T, Verizon Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall 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. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options. Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
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