Zagat has opened up the voting for their annual NYC Nightlife rankings, asking imbibers to pick and choose their favorite watering holes. The odd thing about the final list is that it's always heavy on restaurants (last year's list has over 20) and many selections are out of left field. Houston's? Sushi Samba? Buddha Bar? Either the voters are trying to emulate Sex and the City or the managers are forcing their employees to vote for their employers in a Paradou-esque scheme. Wouldn't it be more appropriate for some of the nightlife establishments that you and your friends actually spend time in to be make it on the list? It would certainly drive business to some independent business owners during these troubling times, helping them attract legions of new customers who decide where to go based on a collection of random voters. On the other hand, that wouldn't be any kind of improvement whatsoever. Voting is open until January 25, 2010. Carry on.
Update: In an effort to improve the results of their annual Nightlife edition, Team Zagat has tweaked the list of candidates, saying "we have restructured our Nightlife Survey this year to exclude places that are primarily restaurants, and are focusing on full-out bars and clubs only." Unlike previous years, this year's winners will certainly not include Houston's, the Coffee Shop nor Sushi Samba.
· Zagat NYC Nightlife Voting [Official Site]
· All Zagat Coverage [~ENY~]