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Fifth Ave.: How many more restaurants can survive?

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Fifth Ave.: How many more restaurants can survive?

famdoc | Feb 16, 2005 07:26 PM

So, if today's posts are any indication, there are at least two more restaurants set to open on Fifth Ave.: a fish joint and an as yet unidetified log-encrusted gem.

My question: when do we reach the saturation point? Having lived in PS for fifteen years, I remember when we had absolutely no good joints here (Bistro La Marsaillaise on Flatbush and the short-lived French restaurant in the space now occupied by Applewood are exceptions from the early nineties). Now, Fifth Ave has approximately forty restaurants considered anywhere from passable to outstanding. Add to that Applewood, The Minnow and other outliers. It is clear that the demographics have changed: center Slope residents now show loyalty to local restaurants instead of (or in addition to) Manhattan sites and we now have a massive influx of new residents occupying that formerly semi-industrial corridor between Fourth and Sixth Aves.

If we have not yet reached the saturation point, how many more restaurants can we sustain? Which will be the first to fail (dare I suggest that Moutarde has already faded, with the enthusiastic crowds now going elsewhere?)? Is there still a sufficient number of immigrants arriving to support these numbers?

I am interested to hear my fellow hounds opinions and am particularly interested in hearing from food professionals and people who live in the new zone between Fourth and Sixth.

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