Pastis Takes Top Honors in Zagat’s Nightlife Guide

Zagats 20082009 nightlife guide is out, and in his opening letter, editor Curt Gathje sums up the trends of the last year: No less than 22 wine bars opened; the faux speakeasy category saw nine newcomers; there were five new arrivals on the Bowery; the meatpacking district is becoming pass; roof decks became more elaborate; clubs like Socialista and Rose Bar replaced Bungalow 8 as the hardest to penetrate; and there was an uptick in midsize, popularly-priced music venues. Of course, weve been following these trends for a while now, so the real question is this: Who won the guides yearly popularity contest?

Pastis got top ratings, followed by Buddha Bar, Balthazar, Spice Market, and Blue Water Grill. Among those that are strictly bars, the winners were Hudson Hotel, then 230 Fifth, Divine Bar, and Campbell Apartment.
The ladies choice was Stanton Social; guys gave Brother Jimmys top honors.
Top after-work uptown spot: Bemelmans
After-work midtown spot: King Cole Bar
After-work downtown spot: Church Lounge
Cocktail experts: Milk & Honey
Dive: Jimmys Corner
Frat house: Half Pint
Gay: Therapy
Hookahs: Le Souk
Meat market: Touch
Newcomer: PDT
Punk bar: Manitobas
Rooftop: Rise
Wine bar: Stonehome
Top dcor: Megu
Outdoors: Central Park Boathouse
Romance: Allen & Delancey
Service: Daniel