There’s no shortage of places to eat, but how do you know which ones are good? Well you can try Urbanspoon, a free app (Android / iPhone) that allows you to search for the best restaurants around you.
There are several ways to filter your searches. Once you register for free, you can look for eating places that have entered the Village Voice’s “Best of” lists. You can also look for restaurants with a James Beard Foundation award, or those that made it into the dining blog Eater’s “essential” restaurants. This new option is great if you want to find out the places the food critics are raving about.
The previous versions of Urbanspoon consisted of food critic reviews from users and publications. The latest update expands on this. Now you can look for restaurants by utilizing lists for filters. Apart from their editorial database, you can search in other ways: by what’s open, what’s hot and by cuisine. You can look for restaurants in specific areas by dragging and dropping pins.
A cool feature allows you to create a “wish list” of places to want to visit. After you have created the list, you can use it as a filter. Its “shake” interface provides recommendations based on price, cuisine and location. This can be activated from a tab.
You can make reservations with Urbanspoon. Along with its search function, the app can be your total restaurant manager. There are more than a thousand restaurants, so there‘s plenty to choose from. With the app, you’ll be able to find out what your friends are eating. It comes with a GPS so you can find their recommendations more easily.