Finally, a Restaurant Guide That Makes It Okay to Look Like a Tourist

You may remember that not so long ago our friend the Gobbler presented his case against the Michelin guide. Among his objections: Lofty opinions are fine, but what New Yorkers really want in a restaurant guide is facility and ease of use. In other words, they want the goddamn address and phone number right now. Ken Shepps knows the feeling. His new green guidebook not only includes the goddamn address and phone number but also comes in the form of an accordion-style map. One side shows the island from Battery Park to 121st Street, plotted with subway stops and 117 numbered squares. Each number corresponds to a restaurant listing in one of eight fold-out panels. (No. 51 on the map, for instance, goes with Balthazar, a superlative brasserie and next door patisserie.) On the other side, there are mini-maps with neighborhood descriptions and specialty stores, like Lady M Cake Boutique on the Upper East Side and Sullivan St. Bakery in Soho. Is this the perfect portable NYC restaurant guide? Well, youll definitely look like tourist if you consult it in public, and weve got our own opinions on where to eat. But this is definitely a step in the right direction. Lori Fradkin

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