This summer I decided to visit my friend in New York. I managed to beat Hurricane Irene and get in just before JFK was shut down! It was a blustery weekend to say the least.
In New York there are over 960,00 restaurants which employ 12.8 million people and this earns $604 million dollars a year! Needless to say I found that during my week in the city there just wasn’t enough time to eat all the things I wanted to! I sampled food in Little Italy, Chinatown, Chelsea Market , Madison Avenue but there was so much more I didn’t get a chance to taste. Even my friend said she couldn’t keep up with all the delicious and exciting eateries that are constantly opening.
The highlights were Eleven Madison, a five star restaurant in a converted bank where I enjoyed tomato snow!! Amazing! Chelsea Market, a must for all foodies, my first taste of catfish(weird after taste!) at City Island near Orchard Beach, Maialino at Gramercy Park Hotel, pork belly to die for and dim sum in a little place in New Jersey which were incredible and Eataly on 5th Ave full of Italian delights with a beer garden right under the Flatiron Building.
A few facts from 2011:
- $1.7 billion restaurant-industry sales on a typical day in 2011
- 80% of restaurant owners started their industry careers at entry-level positions
- 88% of adults say they enjoy going to restaurants
- 69% of adults say they are more likely to visit a restaurant that offers food grown or raised in an organically-friendly way