New Yorkers may be eating out less often and at cheaper venues, according to the annual Zagat 2010 New York City Restaurants survey released October 9, but Central Park South eatery Marea and its $120 (€82) per ounce (28 grams) Italian caviar was voted top debut New York City restaurant.
More than 2,000 restaurants are included in this year's edition, which has a retail price of $15.95 (€10.83) but sells for $9.32 (€6.33) at websites such as Amazon.
The Tribeca restaurant Corton was rated higher than Marea, but was not eligible for newcomer honors. Per Se was ranked as offering the best service, best food was awarded to Le Bernardin while Gramercy Tavern was voted most popular.
The guide book was released two days after its main competitor, Michelin, launched its latest "Big Apple" review. Zagat's 31st edition for New York City was compiled by 38,868 respondents, whereas Michelin's reviewers are paid employees.
Unlike Michelin guide books, Zagat offers reviews of more than just formal restaurants, offering tips on noodle shops, hamburgers, donuts and more. Michelin guidebooks retail for $17.99 (€12.21) but can be found for $12.23 (€8.30) at websites like Amazon.
According to Zagat, New York City diners averaged three restaurant meals per week, down 9 percent from 2008.