I was wondering if any of you have any first hand knowledge whether any or all of our favorite Tri-State area restaurants are feeling the heat from the Economic downturn.
Have any of you noticed whether its been easier to get reservations in the past month? Are restaurants less crowded than usual?
This is the season that restaurants hope to do well financially. from September to December... This is a tough period to face a downturn. Some may not survive the January to April typically slow period if this season is off significantly.
I, for one, know my friends and I are going out to eat a LOT less and have committed to doing so for the foreseeable future. We typically eat out 5-6 nights a week and often at fairly expensive restaurants (by lower hudson valley standards). Our dining out has been reduced to 1-2 nights a week, and we are choosing less expensive restaurants. (I may have to change my login name to "lessfrequentdiner" from "frequentdiner")
Im sure we are not alone. We are rediscovering Whole Foods, Trader Joes, Fairway and supermarkets. Pretty soon Whole Foods may be crossed off the list as too expensive.
What are your personal observations and experiences? An inquiring mind wants to know.