Restaurants: Slump du Jour

To judge by the prices that they charge, the owners of many of Manhattan's Lucullan restaurants live by bread alone. But the slump in the stock market and the squeeze in corporate profits have hit them where it hurts most —right in the cash registers. Empty tables and anxiously idle waiters bear testimony to the deflation of the expense account and the tourist trade.

"Business stinks," says Jack Nussbaum, proprietor of Voisin. "It's down by an average 30% to 50%. People just aren't coming in." Business is also off at Quo Vadis, where...

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