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Thriving New York City Nightlife Scene Surveyed by Zagat; 
Current Most Popular Nightspot Is a Restaurant with a Bar - Pastis; 
Shut Down - the Fabled Spectrum where John Travolta Danced
in Saturday Night Fever and the Oak Bar at the Plaza


NEW YORK, June 13, 2005 - Zagat Survey, the world's leading provider of consumer survey-based leisure information, today released a new guide to the thriving New York City Nightlife scene.  The guide includes over 1,300 establishments across the five boroughs and covers options from bars, clubs and lounges to coffeehouses and bowling alleys.  In addition to new listings, there are also three entirely new categories: Beds, Waterside and Photo Booths.  Plus, there's a brand new word coined by a Zagat surveyor  -- "Fratmosphere" -- describing nightspots reminiscent of a fraternity house.

"Given New York's dynamic scene, this guide is essential to finding what's hot and what's not, but also to uncovering the quirky dive that's been around for fifty years," said Ted Zagat, COO and barfly behind the Nightlife guides.

The three Most Popular nightspots in the city currently are all restaurants with hot bar scenes: Pastis, Spice Market and Blue Water Grill.  Last year's favorites Asia de Cuba, Hudson Hotel Bar and Tao respectively dropped to 11th, 15th and 8th in the guide.

Results from the Nightlife Survey show that West Chelsea/ Meatpacking District remains the city's most active nightlife scene with high-end clubs such as Cain, Aer and Level V continuing to open at a breakneck pace.  Another hot New York area is the Lower East Side, which saw the rise of East Side Company Bar, the Delancey and Girls Room, among others.

Microneighborhoods also are a trend this year.  Examples include the Allen Street corridor which boasts Epstein's Bar and Lucky Jack's; the swath of East Houston Street that includes White Rabbit, Stay and the Vasmay Lounge; and the expanse of Sixth Avenue in Chelsea where Rogue, xes lounge and Orchid have all sprouted.  Another trend noted in the Nightlife guide is the revival of rooftop establishments across the city.  Rooftops such as Cabanas, Plunge and BED New York are increasingly popular.

Meanwhile, a number of old favorites have recently called it quits - Open is now closed, as are Fez Under Time Cafe, Hell, Meow Mix, the Lansky Lounge, Pangaea and the Village Idiot.  Also shut down was Bay Ridge's fabled Spectrum where John Travolta became the king of disco in Saturday Night Fever on the illuminated, multi-colored dance floor nearly thirty years ago.  And the Oak Bar at the Plaza will have to wait for the hotel rooms to become condos before it can play host again to thirsty New Yorkers.

Zagat Survey also measured preferences regarding the NYC nightlife experience.  38% of New Yorkers cite crowds as the biggest irritant.  New Yorkers have little patience when it comes to lines, with 24% saying they won't wait in lines at all and 36% claiming they are unwilling to wait more than 10 minutes.  Last, 38% of surveyors say they go out more often with the smoking ban in effect, 53% go out the same as before the ban, and only 9% go out less often.  Happily, inflation seems to be under control at only 3.2%.

"Who better to help you navigate the 'city that never sleeps' than our thousands of local surveyors who collectively went out 620,000 nights last year?" said Ted Zagat.

As with all Zagat Survey guidebooks, the New York City Nightlife Survey is based on opinions from avid locals, in this case over 5,600 night owls.  And because Nightlife in New York is frequently a younger person's pursuit, 43% of these Nightlife surveyors are in their 20's, 37% in their 30's and only 20% 40 or older.  This year's Nightlife guide includes over 94 handy indexes and lists, including What's Hot, Most Popular, Best Buys and Top Ratings that cover appeal, service, decor and much more.

The 2005/06 New York City Nightlife Survey ($13.95) was edited by Curt Gathje and Griff Foxley and is available at bookstores and other retail outlets, through or by calling 888-371-5440.

About Zagat Survey, LLC

Zagat Survey is the world's leading provider of consumer survey-based leisure content. With more than 250,000 surveyors, Zagat Survey rates and reviews restaurants, hotels, nightlife, movies, music, golf, shopping and a range of other entertainment categories.  Zagat content is available in print, on the Web, on the Palm and Pocket PC operating systems, on mobile phones, and on TV.  For more information, visit


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Zagat Survey 2005 NYC Restaurants; Average Check Now at $37.45, Only Four Restaurants Left Requiring Jackets and Ties; Gramercy Tavern Rated Most Popular Restaurant in NYC / October 2004

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