I love the ZAGAT restaurant review books! What makes them so good is how they are organized: alphabetically, by cuisine, neighborhood, top ratings, and special features. This may not be necessary for a small town, but for New York City, with 1000's of restaurants, it's imperative. I even like the size of the book--it's compact and easy to transport if necessary.
There are 2,111 restaurants reviewed and rated. Because of the way they are organized, it is very simple to find the restaurant of your choice.
Each restaurant is graded on four criteria: food, decor, service and cost. Ratings go from 0 (poor) to 30 (extraordinary to perfection.)This is very important, as you can see in a glance what makes the restaurant shine--or not. Additionally, if depending upon what you want, some of the criteria may not be important to you.
Reviews are short and succinct; address, phone and website are included. Price ranges are also included.
This is the only restaurant guide for New York City that you will need.