Zagat: dining-out frequency, spending up in NYC – Zagat Survey; New York City

Zagat: dining-out frequency, spending up in NYC – Zagat Survey; New York City – Brief Article

NEW YORK — Restaurant diners in New York City ate out more frequently and spent more money in the past year on wining and dining, according to a study accompanying the forthcoming Zagat Survey of New York.

After a sharp downturn in 1996, the rate of eating out picked up 6.3 percent, or 3.4 meals a week away from home, compared with 3.2 meals in 1996. Per-meal spending also rose in the past year, jumping nearly 5 percent, to $30.69, up from $29.28 a year ago. The most expensive restaurants in the city saw check averages jump 6.5 percent, to $69.331 Zagat reported

The 19th annual survey tallied responses from some 17,182 diners, who assessed the food, decor, service and prices of some 1,933 notable restaurants in the five boroughs of New York.

For the second year in a row, Union Square Cafe retained its ranking as New York’s favorite restaurant out of a select group of 50 prominent eating places, while Restaurant Daniel jumped three places to earn the distinction of having the best food in the city.

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