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People sit outside restaraunt and eat lunch as NYC enters phase two of the reopening process. (Photo: Ryland West/ALM) People sit outside restaurant and eat lunch as NYC enters phase two of the reopening process. (Photo: Ryland West/ALM)

On the list of amenities that make New York City special, the large and diverse collection of restaurants ranks high. Not only do they provide an unmatched array of ethnic cuisines to both residents and tourists, but they also enrich the city’s coffers. The restaurant industry provided NYC with approximately 15% of its total taxable sales across the city in 2019.

More specifically, Gotham’s restaurant industry had 23,650 establishments in 2019, provided 317,800 jobs, paid $10.7 billion in total wages citywide, and made nearly $27 billion in taxable sales.

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