Zagat: Recession left mark on NYC dining scene

Economic crisis gives rise to more casual eateries as diners cut spending

New York's dining scene is still feeling the effects of the recession, according to the latest Zagat Survey for the city.

Zagat, which released its 2011 restaurant guide for New York on Wednesday, said 27 percent of its surveyors reported eating out less than they did six months ago and only 11 percent said they are dining out more. The company also noted that the number of meals surveyors ate at restaurants per week declined to 3.0 this year from 3.3 before the recession.

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