NYC has a (somewhat) fully functional public-transit system and cabs on every corner. Still, many of the city’s residents have defected to Uber thanks to their technology dependence and PTSD from being upstreamed by people twice their age. To understand who these Subway-phobic folks really are, though, you just need to look at where they travel.
Uber collected anonymized trip data between Friday, January 25, and Sunday, January 31, then spat out a list of most frequently Uber-ed to restaurants.
To be fair, we didn’t expect to see our favorite Vietnamese spot in Ridgewood on the list, but that’s also because we take the subway there, and then we walk home, because exercise is good for you. But we figured there’d be at least two restaurants in Brooklyn to make the cut (maybe a Roberta’s shoutout?), and maybe something in Long Island City. But no, we learned what we should have known all along: that the majority of those Ubers are for fashionistas and finance bros who appreciate decor curated by famous British graffiti artists, not food—unless, of course, they’re blowing stacks on ribeyes and tasting menus. Let’s take a look at a few of the restaurants on the list:
What is it: The Bowery clubstaurant run by the same folks that brought you mook-meccas Tao and Lavo. Vandal isn’t exactly known for its food, which makes sense, since the high-volume party palace is more likely to house the type of models and #influencers who don’t eat anyway.
Why you need an Uber to get there: Because it’s hard to do cocaine on the J/Z train.
What is it: This Meatpacking mook den specializes in selling $115 seafood towers and lobster mac and cheese to the Ubering masses. Come to the rooftop bar and you might spot D-list celebrities like Dina Lohan and Spencer Pratt.
Why you need an Uber to get there: Because getting from Soho House to Catch requires crossing the street—and that’s just not going to work in those Louboutin heels.
10. Peter Luger
What is it: One of New York’s classic steakhouses, and the only non-Manhattan dining option on the list (despite the fact that it is literally steps away from the Williamsburg Bridge and safe passage back to the island). We’re guessing that if you’re taking an Uber to Peter Luger, it is the first time you’ve ever been to Brooklyn, and that you probably won’t be going to Bossa Nova for some Club Mate afterwards.
Why you need an Uber to get there: Because who the hell knows how to get to Brooklyn? If you grab the aux cord, blast Tiesto, and close your eyes, you can pretend you’re just going downtown in bad traffic.
If you’re curious, here’s the full list:
1. VANDAL | LES
2. TORO / DEL POSTO / COLICCHIO & SONS | CHELSEA
3. BEAUTY & ESSEX | LES
4. ELEVEN MADISON PARK | FLATIRON
5. LOCANDA VERDE | TRIBECA
6. BARBUTO | WEST VILLAGE
7. CATCH | MEATPACKING
8. THE MERCER KITCHEN | SOHO
9. BALTHAZAR RESTAURANT | SOHO
10. PETER LUGER STEAK HOUSE | WILLIAMSBURG
11. ABC KITCHEN | UNION SQUARE ABC
12. ACME | NOHO
13. THE SPOTTED PIG | WEST VILLAGE
14. LA ESQUINA | SOHO
15. SANTINA | MEATPACKING