Credit Cards

Credit cards are the way to pay in New York. Theyre a safe way to carry money and keep track of your expenses. 
American Express, MasterCard, and Visa are accepted virtually everywhere in New York. Carte Blanche and Diners Club have made quite a comeback, especially in hotel circles, and Discover is also quite popular (although dont count on it being accepted everywhere). Since New York has such a heavy influx of international visitors, cards like enRoute, Eurocard, and JCB are also widely accepted, particularly at hotels.

Still, be sure to keep some cash on hand for small expenses, like cab rides, or for that rare occasion when a restaurant or small shop doesnt take plastic, which can happen if youre dining at a neighborhood joint or buying from a small vendor.