I was reading that Americans are now spending more money eating out than at grocery stores. http://www.eater.com/2015/3/6/8163891/americans-spend-more-restaurants-grocery-stores
Included in the grocery figure is ready-made food - so actual cooking is getting rarer. I cook a lot, and I like to eat well - lots of organic salads and veggies, lean chicken and fish, occasional prime ribeyes, exotic chocolate, and reasonable wine. To me, it seemed like I was splurging a bit - but then I got a taste of what good food costs when I'm not cooking.
On a recent trip, I was eating out quite a bit during NYC Restaurant Week (3 courses, small portions, fixed price, drinks extra), and was amazed at some of the prices. On one wine list at a Marriott-owned restaurant, I saw an $85 bottle that I had previously bought at Costco for $14 (and I didn't even like it at that price). I had water that night.
The food at that Marriott restaurant was actually reasonable. The steak was a fair deal for NYC restaurants in general (considering that it came with two other courses), but still very small for my home-cooking standards and it made me long for a big Costco ribeye. I might possibly
eat there again sometime, but I'll always be very suspicious of their wine prices.
But real estate in Times Square is not cheap, the room was perfectly adequate and clean, and I got it at a good rate.