Some odd things have happened in Manhattan since the recession set in. Cheap became chic, rents actually fell and many of the city’s most exclusive restaurants had empty tables.Like consumers elsewhere in the country, New Yorkers have cut back on restaurant spending. Zagat Survey recently reported that its New York City surveyors are eating out an average of 3 times per week, which is down from 3.3 to 3.4 times per week during the past four years. And when New Yorkers do dine out, Zagat ...

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