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Zagat Survey: "Key to the City" Information & Sources Tip by tomhoward

The choice of restaurants in New York is baffling. Fortunately some kind chaps at Zagat have taken to lottery out of finding a good one.

This is the greatest restaurant guide I have ever used. Basically it is a survey / guide of nearly EVERY restaurant in New York.

Each venue is rated out of 30 in categories for food (obviously), service and decor. They also give an indication of approximately how much a typical meal will cost. Forget the book - I found the internet subscription much more user friendly.

You are able to search by the three bands (food, service & decor), by cost, by location, and by type of food.

For instance it will find you a steakhouse in Tribeca, that has a minimum score of 25 for food, but doesn't cost more than $45 a head.

We had a different breakfast, lunch & dinner every day for a week - and with the exception of one (Virgils BBQ), they were all some of the best restaurants we have ever been to.

You quickly realise the high regard Zagat is held in New York, as nearly every good restaurant in the city has its Zagat rating proudly displayed in the window.

A months full on-line subscription to Zagat (giving you access to the best bars, hotels, nightclubs and restaurants) costs a paltry $5.

Other fantastic guides to use - EGullet, Eater, ChowHound, Epicurious, Menu Pages, & Andrea Strong.

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  • Updated Dec 28, 2005
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