I think its a demographics issue. As a native New Yorker I can vouch for that.
As much as I love a good Jewish Deli, the locals simply don't go anymore and haven't for quite some time (its not really a lifestyle or health issue too, since most New Yorkers would never turn down a good juicy burger or slice of pizza) the older folks who used to appreciate and frequent the delis have died out.
Most of the Food Network shows now concentrate on all the wonderful Asian, Carribean, Latin American and West African restaurants which is now considered local and regional, so therefore the tourists are now filling up these restaurants.
It's very unfortunate but it's a reality.
post edited by wanderingjew - 2012/12/05 09:52:42