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The State of Local Restaurants 2020

NEW YORK


We analyzed transactions for every day of the 2019 calendar year at 36,000 local restaurants across the United States, including New York. This resulted in a comprehensive examination of when local restaurants do the most business, when they serve the most diners, and what 2020 may look like when it comes to eating local.

What we learned about local restaurant sales in New York

New York is the 19th-ranked state for average daily restaurant revenue in the country, generating right around the national average in daily revenue.

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How much do restaurants in New York make on an average day?

On a typical day, the average restaurant in New York brought in $1,333 in revenue. The average restaurant also processed about 41 daily transactions at an average of $32.36 per ticket.

Sales Revenue Transactions Ticket Size
$1,333 41 $32.36
National Rank: 19 National Rank: 38 National Rank: 4

 

What days of the week are busiest for New York restaurants?

Fridays and Saturdays are money makers at restaurants across the US, and that trend continues for New York.

 

Saturdays were especially huge, with 20% of all restaurant revenue in New York coming in on that day alone. On the other hand, Mondays were the slowest day of the week for New York restaurants, with only 10% of revenue generated that day.

 

 

New York restaurants processed an average of 50 daily transactions on Fridays, more than any other day of the week.

 

 

New Yorkers spend more per transaction on weekends, with Saturdays boasting the largest average ticket of the week at $39.49 per ticket. Average ticket price is lowest on Mondays, when diners spent an average of $12.05 less than on Saturdays.

 

What time of year do New York restaurants make the most money?

New Yorkers enjoy dining out regardless of the season, but what does the average year look like from week to week at restaurants in New York? Let's take a look.

May was the biggest month of the year overall for restaurants in the Empire State, no doubt thanks to a huge lift from Mother's Day Weekend. The week leading up to the holiday was the biggest week of the year, and the week before that was the 10th.

 

Top 5 days for New York restaurants

Mother's Day weekend was responsible for the top two days of the year, while Father's Day claimed the #4 spot for New York restaurants.

#1 #2 #3 #4 #5

5/12/19

Mother's Day

5/11/19

Mother's Day Weekend

5/18/19

6/15/19

Father's Day Weekend

3/30/19

Sunday Saturday Saturday Saturday Saturday

 

New York restaurants on prominent days

Restaurants rely on holidays and events to drive big sales days for their business. Here's how prominent days rank compared to the average day.

  Day rank based on total sales How much did restaurants that were open make?
Day Day Rank Total rev vs avg % of restaurants open Avg rev Rev vs avg Avg txns Txns vs avg Avg ticket Ticket vs avg
New Year's Day 308 -31% 56% $1,409 6% 35 -15% $40.03 24%
Super Bowl Sunday 172 -4% 75% $1,474 11% 40 -4% $37.31 15%
Valentine's Day 80 33% 89% $1,714 29% 48 17% $35.61 10%
St. Patrick's Day 114 13% 79% $1,638 23% 44 6% $37.54 16%
Friday before Easter 37 43% 95% $1,727 30% 52 25% $33.45 3%
Saturday before Easter 85 32% 91% $1,652 24% 43 5% $38.09 18%
Easter Sunday 170 -3% 60% $1,840 38% 37 -10% $49.87 54%
Cinco de Mayo 103 17% 83% $1,606 21% 42 2% $38.25 18%
Friday before Mother's Day 19 51% 98% $1,757 32% 53 28% $33.41 3%
Saturday before Mother's Day 2 74% 94% $2,123 59% 50 22% $42.29 31%
Mother's Day 1 78% 84% $2,445 83% 45 8% $54.85 70%
Friday before Memorial Day 31 45% 99% $1,680 26% 50 22% $33.50 4%
Saturday before Memorial Day 46 41% 93% $1,730 30% 44 6% $39.65 23%
Memorial Day 292 -28% 64% $1,300 -3% 38 -9% $34.53 7%
Friday before Father's Day 10 53% 100% $1,763 32% 53 28% $33.35 3%
Saturday before Father's Day 4 59% 96% $1,910 43% 47 14% $40.57 25%
Father's Day 44 42% 84% $1,932 45% 42 2% $45.85 42%
4th of July 338 -38% 56% $1,285 -4% 38 -8% $33.85 5%
Friday before Labor Day 54 39% 95% $1,673 26% 50 21% $33.63 4%
Saturday before Labor Day 73 35% 90% $1,722 29% 45 9% $38.34 19%
Labor Day 297 -28% 62% $1,332 0% 39 -6% $34.49 7%
Halloween 209 -11% 81% $1,262 -5% 43 5% $29.30 -10%
Thanksgiving Eve 137 8% 83% $1,486 11% 46 11% $32.41 0%
Thanksgiving 363 -53% 36% $1,507 13% 34 -17% $43.83 35%
Christmas Eve 257 -21% 58% $1,562 17% 33 -21% $47.76 48%
Christmas Day 365 -72% 24% $1,325 -1% 28 -31% $46.67 44%
New Year's Eve 173 -4% 64% $1,716 29% 40 -3% $42.92 33%

Methodology

Womply analyzed daily revenue for over 36,000 restaurants in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, for all 365 days of the 2019 calendar year. Restaurants were only included in the analysis if they qualified as small businesses, Womply had a full year of transaction history, and the business recorded multiple transactions per day, on average.

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