Despite our constant mourning over the city's dying service industry staples, New York City's restaurant and bar scene has actually been steadily expanding for the past decade. The Wall Street Journal has crunched some numbers and determined that from the fiscal year 2006 to the start of the fiscal year 2015, the "number of permits for restaurants, bars and cafes rose more than 27%." Take that, Danny Meyer!

Overall, there were 18,606 permits in 2006 compared with 23,705 now; 5,658 of those are in Brooklyn, accounting for a 10% rise in the borough, with Manhattan at 9,654, a 6% rise. Data from the Health Department gives the numbers but doesn't break them down by type of eatery, whether bar, fast food or traditional restaurant. As noted in the Journal's piece, takeout spots are the types of establishments doing the leg work to grow the industry, though as we can see, new sit-down restaurants are popping up very frequently as well.

On the flip side, the Journal looks at Meyer's Union Square Cafe—which was pushed out by a rent increase—and other eateries facing similar fates as victims of their own success at popularizing neighborhoods. "Higher rents are happening because there's greater interest in opening up restaurants so there's a greater demand on space," explains Steven Spinola, president of the Real Estate Board of New York.