You may gripe when trapped on the sidewalk behind slow-walking tourists, but dawdling aside they are doing a lot to help the Big Apple's restaurant industry. NYC Go, the folks behind New York Restaurant Week, just released a report on the town's tourism industry, and there are some numbers that restaurateurs should really like. Like $7.4 billion. That's how much out-of-town visitors spent on restaurants in 2012, which is a huge chunk of the $36.9 billion that they apparently contributed to the overall economy.
The report has plenty of interesting facts like this, and you can scope it out here.