The first time we dropped in on a batch of new restaurants to take head counts, we hit the East Side
. Then we threw it over to the West Side
. Last Friday we took it uptown to see what’s doing above 42nd Street. It wasn’t easy hitting half a dozen spots between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., but luckily we were navigating familiar territory — Mermaid Inn? Magnolia Bakery? Blue Ribbon Sushi? Zak Pelaccio’s new spot? It’s like we never left downtown.
Bar Boulud: 24 at the bar, 1 empty; 79 at tables, 3 empties; 7 at wine-tasting table, 8 empties.
Blue Ribbon Sushi: 17 at bar, no empties; 59 at tables, 4 empties.
Buceo 95: 29 at tables, 5 empties; 11 at the bar, no empties.
Chop Suey: 30 diners, 29 empties.
Dovetail: 48 upstairs diners, 10 empty; downstairs dining room (20 seats) empty.
Magnolia Bakery: 21 people in line.
Mermaid Inn: 14 at the bar, no empties; 30 at tables, 2 empties.