Zagat’s recently released its 2007/2008 NYC Nightlife summer guide to bookstores after surveying New York’s best and brightest inhabitants—6,121 “loyal, late-night partygoers”—to determine the city’s hottest bars, lounges, clubs and restaurants. The participants, who collectively spent 640,000 nights out on the town this year, used their judgment-impaired wisdom to rate 1,265 select institutions in the city.
Pastis won the big award, Most Popular, proving that despite their pretentiousness, we all like a little French in our life. Of course, this isn’t a surprise to us, since we’ve been raving about their fries for the past six years. Top Appeal went to the King Cole Bar, whose fabulous martinis and maxie parish murals we told you about in our 2001 Best of Manhattan issue. Should you follow their, and our advice, make sure you work a double shift during the day; their drinks can be pretty steep. Megu earned Top Décor and Restaurant Daniel earned the fourth major award, Top Service. But for the menu prices at the latter, they better give free massages and shoeshines throughout the meal, and hopefully a complementary bottle of extra-strength Tylenol to ease the pain when you get the bill.
Other notable awards: Otheroom won Beer Specialist, Milk & Honey won Cocktail Expert, Therapy won Best Gay Bar and 40/40 won Best Sports Bar. Now make us proud and hit the town.
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