Right now the "cocktail" centric bars we have in New York (forgive me if I miss any, this is off the top of my head)
Milk and Honey
Death and Company
Then we have restaurants that have (or tried to have) a serious cocktail program)
Gin Lane (closed)
I would say in regards to the bars, with the exception of Pegu Club - most of these places can handle 40-55 people max. Although I never counted the seats at Pegu I would think that on a Saturday or Sunday they can pack that place with at least 125 people (including standing at the bar)
Given my estimate there are roughly 450-500 seats or so available at the bars for people to occupy at any given time -- how much more do you think the NY cocktail market could bear before being saturated?
I know in regards to PDT we turn away a lot of people on Thursday - Saturday. I would say if we doubled the space we would still be turning people away and I am sure it is the case for others as well.
The big questions I have is:
Is the competition for the available seats a function of the renewed interest in cocktails? The "in" or "kitsch" factor of the place in question? Both? Something else?
edited to add: Tailor
Edited by johnder, 30 December 2007 - 03:13 PM.