Gas prices, gridlock drive up NYC dining-out tabs

05/15/2011 | New York Post

The cost of dining out in New York City rose 2.2% in April over the same month last year, its sharpest rise in three years, according figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition to the higher gas and commodity prices that eateries in every market are coping with, Manhattan restaurants face higher prices driven by the difficulty of making deliveries in the city. "Truck fleets waste hours just idling here with undelivered goods," said industry consultant Jonathan Probber.

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