How to find top eats around the world

On October 6 and 7, foodies planning to eat their way through New York City received some help with the release of two renowned dinning guides: Zagat 2011 New York City and Michelin 2011 New York City Guide. Here is how to expand your hunt for the top eats around the world.

To keep current on other top eats worldwide, monitor reservation and crowd-sourced review sites (OpenTable, Yelp, Chowhound International, Time Out) in the chosen city to see the most popular restaurants amongst dinners. Plus you may want to save these dates for 2011 Zagat and Michelin guide releases:

Zagat 2011-2012
October 27: America's Top Restaurants ($15.95/€11.50)
April 19: Paris Restaurants ($14.95/€11)
May 10: Food Lovers' Guide ($14.95/€11)

Michelin 2011
January 10: Belgium & Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland
January 16: Germany, Italy, Spain & Portugal
February 16: Tokyo, Hong Kong & Macau
March 3: Paris, France
March 16: London, Great Britain & Ireland

All of the Michelin country guides are $29.95/€21.50 and the city guides cost $19.95/€14.

If you are a fan of reading online dining reviews, keep in mind that some may not be accurate. Here is a guide to help you find your way via the massive foodie web: " How to spot inaccurate online restaurant reviews."