Our Admittedly Biased Knee-jerk Reaction to Three New Listings Sites


We find it amazing that people keep trying to step to MenuPages as well as our own Nymag.com restaurant listings, and yet, a trio of newish portals has done just that. First, the Onions new city guide, Decider, includes a food finder. Its not dish specific, like MPs find-a-food search, but it does let you search by cuisine. The results are maddeningly incomplete and sometimes completely baffling: Search for tapas restaurants and you get Union Hall (??) but not, for instance, Casa Mono. The listings dont have menus and often dont include descriptions.

Then theres Good Food Near You, which, like its name says, aims to offer nearby healthy food options when you type in an address. Sounds nice, but the site is pitifully limited to chain restaurants (i.e., the ones required to post calorie counts). When we looked for food around our office, we got suggestions like the garden salad at McDonalds, the garden salad at Dominos, and the garden salad at Burger King. Clearly a very loose definition of good food.

Finally, Metaflavor claims to let you search amidst 4 million dishes across the country, but is also pretty much limited to comfort casual establishments. Search for pasta in New York and one of the few suggestions will be the California Pizza Kitchen. Also, the Olive Garden is listed as a health-food restaurant?? And dont even try searching for intestine zilch results on Metaflavor compared to 45 results on MenuPages. And yes, folks, the mark of a good site is how many tripe dishes it can offer you.