Google recently acquired Zagat, the restaurant-guide company, and that should make things interesting for anyone who’s ever used one of the Zagat guides—or a service like Yelp—to find restaurants.
But as the New York Times notes, there’s competition.
Here’s a list from the Times of six excellent websites and apps for tracking down restaurants.
- Eater.com – On this site, “the selections are geographically and economically diverse, spanning a wide variety of neighborhoods and price points.” Furthermore, the Eater site has “two features that can be indispensable: the Top 38 Restaurants list and the Heat Map,” both of which are uniquely its own.
- Menupages – This site “features menus from almost every restaurant in the eight cities it covers.” Diners would find the site “particularly useful if you’re dining with a mixed group of vegetarians and carnivores” so that it could cater to a wide group of patrons.
- Yelp – A mega-guide, Yelp “lists nearby restaurants and shows what other users have to say about them.” Yelp is actually a site which lists businesses in general, but what makes this site stand out is that “you can get a large number of reviews for most places,” hence increasing its accuracy and reliability, so to speak.
- Urbanspoon – The app allows the user not only to point out the restaurants in the vicinity of his/her location but to “help navigate this morass with a series of filters.” Thinking of a specific cuisine to eat? With Urbanspoon, you can “choose a type of cuisine, location and price” and if you don’t like its recommendations, the user can just “physically shake the phone” to go back to the main menu.
- OpenTable – The application “offers a look at where there might still be that 12-top for this Friday night.” Once an opening is found, “a reservation can be made straight through the app.”
- Seamless and Grubhub are two sites “organized to help you browse delivery options.”