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6 apps and websites for finding the best restaurants

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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.

  1. –  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.”
  6. Seamless and Grubhub are two sites “organized to help you browse delivery options.”

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