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  1. Video Feed
    Speck’s Opening Might Come Sooner Than You ThinkThe new video show’s Speck in all its glory.
  2. Mediavore
    Lindsay Lohan Rejects Father’s Chinese Food Delivery; Food Becomes a Focus ofThe star objects to an unannounced, if potentially tasty, visit, while Barney’s and Vogue are hungry for chefs and edibles.
  3. The Other Critics
    Venn Diagramming Zagat’s Top 50 With Michelin’s 57 StarredWhere do they agree and disagree?
  4. The Other Critics
    Zagat Announces 2011 Ratings; Le Bernardin Is Near PerfectBrooklyn has a strong showing, Gramercy Tavern is still “Most Popular,” and more.
  5. Lists
    Zagat Unleashes Its 2011 Survey On L.A.The guide doesn’t screw up the food truck trend this year, and mostly keeps it correct.
  6. Lists
    Gary Danko Tops Zagat Survey For Seventh Year RunningSince 2005, Gary Danko has been #1 in the eyes of Zagat readers.
  7. Accolades
    Amada Dethrones Buddakan in the Latest Zagat SurveyBuddakn was the reigning champion for as long as anyone can remember.
  8. Deals
    Dining Deal Sites Flooding L.A.Three more sites offering discounts set their sights on the West Coast.
  9. Other Sites
    Zagat Adds Dining Deals and Food Porn to Its Digital DomainThe little red book teams up with DealOn and Foodspotting.
  10. Lists
    Zagat Crowns 230 Fifth the Most Popular Bar in New YorkPlus, more results from the 2010 Nightlife survey.
  11. Lists
    Zagat Says No to Room ServiceZagat picked 25 places around the country to get a great start to the day.
  12. Other Sites
    Appetizing AppsWant to find a food truck? There’s an app for that?
  13. Lists
    Zagat Names Best New Restaurants of the DecadeFrom Coi to Canteen, Zagat’s list of the highest rated Bay Area restaurants to open in the aughts.
  14. Marketing Gimmicks
    Google’s ‘Smart’ Window Decals Stick it to ZagatNew stickers proclaim “Favorite Place on Google.”
  15. Marketing Gimmicks
    Let Bon Appétit Be Your SommelierThe magazine is the latest to launch a wine club.
  16. What to Eat
    Thomas Keller Calls Tripe the Next SushiThomas Keller offers a new culinary trend.
  17. Lists
    Alinea, Topolobampo Top Zagat’s 2010 Restaurant SurveyAlso placing high: Les Nomades, Tallgrass, Carlos’
  18. Lists
    Zagat 2010: Gramercy Tavern and Le Bernardin Topple Per Se, USCOur analysis of the 2010 Zagat picks.
  19. Mediavore
    Zagat Scraps Its O.C. Guide; South L.A.’s Fast Food Ban Under QuestionZagat stops printing a guide to Orange County while South L.A.’s ban on new fast food restaurants is predicted to be ineffective.
  20. Lists
    Premature Zagatulation: Minetta, Aureole, and Corton Ratings Leaked
  21. Mediavore
    Cliff House Chef Confusion; Zagat’s New Wine Club
  22. Mediavore
    Free Sandwiches Given to All ‘Henrys’ in Burbank; Rice Increasingly Used toIf your name is Henry, a new Burbank store will feed you for free, while Western brewers are using more rice in their beers.
  23. Mediavore
    Eric Ripert Visits Boston; Cheap Booze at ChainsPlus: Michelle Obama visits the Muppets, and a very old restaurant, all in our morning news roundup.
  24. Mediavore
    Booze Gets Cheaper at Chains; Michelle Obama Heads to Sesame StreetPlus: a very old restaurant, and public-school kitchens, all in our morning news roundup.
  25. Mediavore
    Bikini Baristas Busted; Santa Rosa Ponders Drive-Through Ban
  26. Lists
    New L.A. Zagat Guide Scores a Zero for Food Truck CoverageZagat releases a new L.A. survey, but bobbles the city’s biggest trend.
  27. Bookshelf
    Zagat Crowns Gary Danko in 2010 GuideReaders call Danko most popular and best food, but report spending cutbacks in general.
  28. The Other Critics
    Will Zagat Be Buried by Yelp?Is the once powerful guide just a fading star?
  29. Mediavore
    Deep Fried Butter Stars in a Texas Fair; McDonald’s Loses ‘McCurry’ CopyrightA Texas fair serves a new deep-fried snack and McDonald’s loses a copyright suit.
  30. Mediavore
    Zagat’s Dire Straits; The Allure Of Tax-Free LiquorPlus: deep-fried butter in Texas; McDonald’s loses a copyright claim
  31. Mediavore
    Gloucester Boil Order Lifted; Apples Doing WellPlus: a curb to alcohol ads, and a drive-in at McCormick & Schmick’s, all in our morning news roundup.
  32. Mediavore
    Suspicious Jobs at Lucali; Can’t Believe It’s Deep-Fried ButterPlus: Trouble for Zagat, and tax-free liquor, all in our morning news roundup.
  33. Trends
    Deep Nightlife IntelligenceLeave it to Zagat to uncover some startling trends!
  34. Mediavore
    McDonald’s to Explore Cage-Free Eggs; Giada and Rachael Are Not FeudingPlus: Another food recall and more, all in our morning news roundup.
  35. Mediavore
    Finish Your Food or Pay the Price at Hayashi Ya; Joe Biden Drops Into thePlus: Garden Cafe is Zagat’s best in Brooklyn, and the story behind Dirt Candy’s name, all in our morning news roundup.
  36. Foodie Kiddie
    12-Year-Old Walks Out of Salumeria Rosi With a Movie DealThat 12-year-old aspiring food critic we read about in the ‘Times’ has hit the big time.
  37. It’s the Economy
    Zagat Throws Fancy Dinners, Cans Nineteen Workers; ‘Time Out’ inThings are looking grim in the world of food media.
  38. Mediavore
    Yelp Creates an Army of Citizen Food Critics; Zagat Comes to NewarkPlus: Tom Colicchio watches the election returns, in our morning news roundup.
  39. Zagat Guide
    Not Enough Superlatives to Describe Zagats’ Upstate HouseThey put in a wine cellar, a conservatory, and other places to be murdered in a foodie Clue game.
  40. NewsFeed
    Patrick Bateman Would Love Zagat’s New Mobile ReservationsIf only the restaurant-obsessed serial killer had had this at his fingertips!
  41. NewsFeed
    Seamless Web (Now With Pickup Orders!) Inspires Employee Tell-AllAn exclusive excerpt from ‘The Devil Orders Enchiladas’
  42. NewsFeed
    Pastis Takes Top Honors in Zagat’s Nightlife GuideWhat were the top-rated dive bars, cocktail lounges, and rooftops?
  43. NewsFeed
    Zagat Guide Stays in the FamilyTim and Nina Zagat remove the $200 million price tag off of their restaurant-guide empire.
  44. NewsFeed
    New York Dining Is Not As Expensive As You ThinkNew Zagat stats indicate the average price of a meal here is up $2, but we’re still far from the most expensive city in the world.
  45. Back of the House
    Babbo Tops Zagat Italian List, Followed by RelicsWe’re not surprised that Babbo is the city’s top Italian restaurant, according to Zagat’s new America’s 1,000 Top Italian Restaurants book — its popularity alone is enough, in Zagat-land, to ensure yearly dominance. And in fact, Babbo is a wonderful restaurant, four stars by our lights, and justly beloved. But if you had any doubt how unreliable the Zagat surveyors are, just check out number two: Village relic Il Mulino! Now, don’t get us wrong: Il Mulino is a fine restaurant and uses very expensive ingredients to good effect. The tuxedoed wait staff are as servile as ever. But it should be the second-most-popular Italian restaurant of 1958. Haven’t the matrons of Secaucus ever heard of A Voce? Or
  46. Mediavore
    Zagat Empire for Sale; New Low-Cal Girl Scout CookiesThe Zagat family has put their empire of burgundy books on the market, with Goldman Sachs handling the search for a buyer who will have to drop at least $200 million for the acquisition. [NYT] Stereo, the club outside which a patron was shot last week, closed after a weekend police raid. [NYDN] Howie Mandel’s mention of the Waverly Inn on Live With Regis & Kelly made Graydon Carter’s restaurant a highly searched Google item. [Gawker]
  47. NewsFeed
    Calling All Web-Surfing Gourmands: Opinionated About Dining Now in the Book We always wondered why Zagat has a monopoly on restaurant surveys. The same thought seems to have occurred to Steve Plotnicki, the man behind the blog Opinionated About Dining. Don’t be fooled by OAD’s resemblance to the rest of the blogger-with-a-digital-camera food sites. It hosts a very big and very vigorous private forum, whose members will be the backbone of a new book on the top 100 restaurants in America and Europe this March. The OAD members are deep-pocketed diners who eat all over the city, so the book’s core of opinions will be strong.
  48. Mediavore
    Another Look at Bar BouludDavid Bouley is expanding his Tribeca empire with “an upscale Japanese-themed restaurant called Brushstrokes” which will take over the soon-to-be-former Delphi space. [NYS] Gael Greene was on hand for last night’s first taste of Bar Boulud even though the opening has been pushed back a month or so. [Food Writer’s Diary/Nation’s Restaurant News] Related: Exclusive: Feast Your Eyes on Bar Boulud, Coming in November The next Next Iron Chef challenge is “cooking gourmet airline food with all the constraints of airline galleys. Holy smokes. It’s the exact same challenge as Top Chef.” [Serious Eats]
  49. Mediavore
    Two ‘Iron Chef’ Contestants Eliminated; Michelin-Zagat Wars Rage OnAfter all the woman got canned from The Next Iron Chef, Aaron Sanchez was overheard warning Morou Ouattara, “Next they’ll be going after the brown people.” [Ruhlman] And last night Morou was one of two chefs booted. [Serious Eats] Related: Who Will Be Cut Next on ‘The Next Iron Chef’? One classic New York deli is fighting the good fight against history, the Zeitgeist, and its own storied past. 2nd Avenue Deli reopens next month with the same name and a new location on East 33rd Street near Lexington Avenue. [NYT] Now that his guides are competing with Zagat in New York, Michelin Guide director Jean-Luc Naret says he’s also eyeing Boston, Miami, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.[AP] Related: Michelin’s Madness Drives Ed Levine (and Us) Up a Wall
  50. NewsFeed
    Zagat 2008 Smiles on Daniel, Gordon Ramsay, OthersNew York’s little red book, the 2008 Zagat guide, is out today. It is more significant to the restaurant world than the Michelin guide, and for good reason: The same people who use it are the ones who write it. So what if it’s a popularity contest? Life is a popularity contest. There were some minor shakeups in this year’s rankings, such as Union Square Cafe retaking its sibling Gramercy as most popular restaurant, and Daniel retaking the top spot in cuisine from Le Bernardin. But the more interesting points required a slightly closer look.
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