Delicious food can taste sour if the waiters who present it to you have a bad attitude– especially if you’re eating at one of the top restaurants in the city.
Zagat just came out with their annual restaurant rankings of the top 50 restaurants in New York, and among the many variables they rank is the quality of the service. We took that data and turned it into this nifty chart to help you plan your next big night out.
For the most part, the quality of the service did follow the cost of the meal, with the exceptions of Eleven Madison Park and Per Se, both of which are so expensive (at $293 and $341 for a meal respectably) they blew themselves off the charts. On the other hand, Le Bernadin, which scored number one on Zagat’s list, charges $182 for a meal and scored a 29 for service (as did Daniel, which is priced even better at $176 for a meal). Also, note that Zagat’s prices are often incorrect or outdated, but usually in the ball park.
Play around with the chart (the colors represent the quality of the service and the bar height represents the price) and take a look at our Michelin restaurant map to see how the two ranking systems compare.