Zagat Trumpets Its Own Obsolescence

Zagat’s 2010/11 Nightlife Survey hits bookstores today and in a press release championing this fact, the company chose to highlight one of its more curious findings: New Yorkers don’t go out anymore!

A whopping 40 percent of the “5,719 local night owls” surveyed said that they hit the town less frequently because of the recession. On average, the survey says New Yorkers now spend 1.8 nights out per week as opposed to 2000’s 2.3 nights. That’s a loss of a half-night per decade, and at this rate there will be no going out at all in a mere 40 years. The parallels to the state’s budget crisis are staggering and accurate.

Funnily enough, the most common complaint about the night spots reviewed was overcrowding, so someone’s still hitting the clubs. Here are the book’s overall top picks:

Top Newcomers:
1. Jane Hotel Lobby
2. Bar Pleiades
3. Sweet Afton
4. Studio Square
5. Ace Hotel Lobby

Top Appeal:
1. Madame Geneva
2. Dizzy’s Coca Cola
3. Raines Law Room
4. Bemelmans Bar
5. King Cole Bar

Most Popular:
1. 230 Fifth
2. Campbell Apartment
3. 1 Oak
4. Brother Jimmy’s
5. Four Seasons Hotel Bar

Well, we have an idea why attendance at the Jane might be dropping off.

Zagat Trumpets Its Own Obsolescence