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2015 Big Winners are Le Bernardin (Food, Service), Daniel (Decor), 
Gramercy Tavern (Popularity) and Sushi Nakazawa (Newcomer)
Brooklyn Breaks Records; Casual Restaurants Gain Ground; Steakhouses Sizzle 

The votes are in! Today Zagat reveals the results of its 2015 New York City Restaurants survey covering more than 2,139 restaurants as voted on by 30,592 avid diners. Ratings and reviews are available today on Zagat.com and across Google Maps and Search. Zagat guidebooks will be hitting shelves at local retailers starting tomorrow.

New Yorkers report eating out 4.7 times per week (lunch and dinner) and spending on average $48.15 for dinner (per person), which is well above the $39.40 national figure. When eating out, New York diners are generous and leave 19.3% for gratuity. As for home cooking, respondents prepare 5.7 meals per week at home, compared to 6.8 meals per week, nationally.

This year New York welcomed 160 noteworthy newcomers vs. just 82 closings, the largest differential since 2005. Big name chefs and restaurateurs are investing in the local dining scene with major openings: Danny Bowien (Mission Cantina), Andrew Carmellini (Bar Primi), Bobby Flay (Gato), Marc Forgione (American Cut), Daniel Humm (NoMad Bar), Keith McNally (Cherche Midi) and Danny Meyer (Marta).

The city’s big winners this year are Le Bernardin (Food, Service) which continues to break records for its 13th year in the survey as Top Food (6th consecutive year for Top Food), Daniel (Decor), reclaiming its throne and ending Asiate’s 7-year winning streak, Gramercy Tavern (Most Popular), edging out Le Bernardin (now #2) for Most Popular and the omakase-only Sushi Nakazawa (Newcomer).

Another positive sign of the times: dining in Brooklyn has hit an all-time high. The borough is now home to an unprecedented 340 Zagat-rated restaurants - a 28% increase over last year - the biggest jump in 20 years. Key Brooklyn newcomers include Bergen Hill, Berg’n, Cherry Izakaya, Dover, French Louie, Humboldt & Jackson, and Marco’s.

While fine dining may always be in, casual dining options are on the rise as suggested by shake-ups on the Most Popular list - 5 Napkin Burger (No. 3 up from No. 29), Shake Shack (No. 4 up from No. 25), 2nd Ave. Deli (No. 14 up from No. 32), and Katz’s Deli (No. 18 up from No. 27). Moving down the ranks are haute establishments: Daniel (No. 11 down from No. 4), Eleven Madison Park (No. 23 down from No. 6), Per Se (No. 28 down from No. 14), and The Modern (No. 34 down from No. 21).

Indicating the depth and diversity of the New York market, there were 18 cuisine categories with new winners this year including Barbeque: Mighty Quinn’s; Ice Cream: Ample Hills Creamery; Noodle Shops: Chuko; Pizza: Paulie Gee’s; and Spanish/Tapas: La Vara. Chef-restaurateur couple Alex Raij and Eder Montero sweep the Spanish category with La Vara, Txikito and El Quinto Pino taking the top three spots, respectively.

A cut above the rest, this year we welcomed eight new steakhouses into the mix: American Cut, Charlie Palmer, Fogo de Chão, Il Mulino Prime, M. Wells Steakhouse, Raizes Churrascaria, Reserve Cut and Texas de Brazil. As for French restaurants, New York says ‘Oui’ to newcomers Cherche Midi, Claudette, Dirty French, French Louie, Ladurée, Margaux, and Rotisserie Georgette.

When asked what irritates them most about eating out, diners cite Noise (27%), Service (27%), Prices (21%), Crowds (15%) and Food (5%) as their top complaints. 41% of diners say they are less inclined to go to a restaurant with a cash-only policy, 84% admit to having eavesdropped on a conversation at the next table, and 49% say they “love” Brussels sprouts.

Visit zagat.com/newyork to search and discover this year’s best New York City Restaurants.

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Tim and Nina Zagat, Co-Chairs, Zagat

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The votes have been tallied and the results are in! Today we’re revealing the ratings and reviews for hundreds of top restaurants in New Orleans, based on the feedback of more than 2,800 diners. The new reviews can be found on Zagat.com and across the Google products you use everyday.

Participants come to zagat.com to share their thoughts and opinions on the restaurants they visit throughout the year and separately rate the restaurants for their Food, Decor and Service on a 0-3 scale. Scores are averaged and presented on Zagat’s signature 30-point scale, and our editors curate diners’ comments to create the iconic “quote-filled” reviews.

Below are the top restaurants in New Orleans in a variety of categories.

Top Food: Gautreau’s (Food: 28 Decor: 25 Service: 26 Cost: $77)

Top Decor: Restaurant R’evolution (Food: 27 Decor: 28 Service: 25 Cost: $91)

Top Service: Commander’s Palace (Food: 28 Decor: 28 Service: 28 Cost: $70)

Best Buy: Cochon Butcher (Food: 27 Decor: 21 Service: 22 Cost: $26)

Best French: Gautreau’s (Food: 28 Decor: 25 Service: 26 Cost: $77)

Best Cajun/Creole: Commander’s Palace (Food: 28 Decor: 28 Service: 28 Cost: $70)

Best Late-Night Restaurant: Cafe Du Monde (Food: 25 Decor: 18 Service: 19 Cost: $11)

Check out our list of Top 50 food winners here - an exciting mix of classic favorites, affordable eats and hot newcomers.

Posted by Tiffany Herklots, Zagat

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What do you get when you cross a pastry chef, a bartender, and a child prodigy? Our 2014 Los Angeles 30 under 30 list, of course.

Zagat’s 3rd annual round-up of the city’s top movers and shakers under the age of 30 represents the next wave of culinary talent in Los Angeles. While you may not know some of their names right now, our editors anticipate these men and women will be among the next generation of superstars on the scene.

We honor 30 individuals to pay homage to Zagat’s iconic 30-point rating scale. This year’s list represents virtually all realms of the industry, from chefs and entrepreneurs to mixologists and baristas. Read on to see this year’s honorees:

Jake Ahles (27) and Max Block (27), Founders at The FareTrade

Tristan Aitchison (29), Chef de Cuisine at Providence 

Chris Amirault (26), Head Barman at Harlowe

Charles Babinski (29), Co-founder of G&B and Go Get Em Tiger

Ellen Bennett (27), Designer and Founder of Hedley & Bennett

Sophie Bonnet (27), Restaurant Manager at ink.

Robin Chopra (28), Owner/Bartender at Corazon y Miel, PUNCH and Eduardo M. Ruiz (28) Chef-Owner at Corazon y Miel, Picnik

Jeffrey Faust (29), Partner, Business Development and Woogene Lee (29) Managing Partner at fundamental LA

Chris Ford (29), Pastry Chef at Bouchon Beverly Hills

Kate Green (29), Assistant to Nancy Silverton at Mozza Restaurant Group

Anna Knudson (29), Head Bartender at Melrose Umbrella Co.

Robert Kronfli (26), Owner-Founder of Bacari PDR, Bacaro LA, Nature’s Brew, and Kronfli Brothers products

Cloe Lane (20), Owner of Bon Puf

Johnny Lee (27), Chef de Cuisine at Eggslut

Phillip Frankland Lee (27), Chef-Owner at Scratch|Bar and The Gadarene Swine

Thomas Lim (29), Chef at Goldie's, LA and Dudley's, NYC

Bricia Lopez (29) Fernando Lopez (27), Co-Proprietors at Guelaguetza Restaurant and Michelada Guelaguetza

Andrew Luthi (26), Owner at Ohana Brewing Company

Ivan Marquez (28), Head Pastry Chef at Short Cake 

Flynn McGarry (15), Chef at Eureka Pop Up

Rebecca Merhej (26), Chef de Cuisine and Pastry Chef at love&salt

David Palos (27), Chef de Cuisine at Hatfield's

Percy Omar Ramirez (29), Director of Coffee Operations at Compañía de Cafè 

James Seok (26), Co-Owner and Chef, and Brian Yeun (28), Co-Owner of The Bun Shop

Dylan Snyder (28), Brewer, Bartender, Consultant, Educator, Beertender Los Angeles, Acme Hospitality Group, Barrel Down

Brandyn Tepper (27), Head Bartender of Hinoki & the Bird and Founder and Partner of Cocktail Academy

Erwin Tjahyadi (28), Co-Owner and Chef at Komodo 

Adrian Vela (26), Sous-Chef at Cafe Del Rey

Kimmy Wade (27), General Manager at Son of a Gun

Jonathan Whitener (27), Chef de Cuisine at Animal Find out more about this year’s LA culinary all-stars here!

Posted by Tiffany Herklots, Zagat

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As backyard barbecue season comes to a close, Zagat is revealing the results of its 2014 Burger Survey. This year 3,466 burger aficionados visited Zagat.com to rate and review the top burgers at patty purveyors in 16 major markets.

For the first time ever, Zagat is presenting the ratings and reviews of an actual dish. Unlike Zagat’s iconic restaurant surveys where users rate the Food, Decor, and Service of establishments, burger survey participants reviewed the most popular burgers in their cities and separately rated their Flavor, Ingredients and Value on Zagat’s signature 30-point scale.

The top burgers in each market (with accompanying overall* score) are as follows:

Atlanta: Illegal Food - The Hank (28)
Austin: Mighty Fine Burgers Fries Shakes - The Classic with Cheese (25)
Boston: Craigie On Main - Local Grass-Fed Beef Burger (26)
Chicago: Lockdown Bar & Grill - The Lockdown Warden (28)
Dallas: The Grape - Classic Cheeseburger (26)
Denver: Highland Tap & Burger: Shroom Luva's (26)
Houston: Kenny & Ziggy’s - In Queso Emergency! (26)
Los Angeles: In-N-Out - Double-Double (23)
Miami: db Bistro Moderne - The Original db Burger (28)
New York: Peter Luger - Luger-Burger (24)
Philadelphia: Nick's Roast Beef Bar & Grille - Nick’s Bacon Burger (26)
San Diego: Carnitas' Snack Shack - Snack Shack Burger (26)
San Francisco: Nopa - Grass Fed Hamburger (24)
Seattle: Palace Kitchen - Palace Burger Royale (28)
Washington D.C.: Le Diplomate - Burger Americain (26)
 * Overall scores are an average of the Flavor, Ingredients and Value scores.

Participants report eating burgers 4.6 times per month on average, typically getting their fix at specialty burger joints (53%), general restaurants (23%), fast food spots (9%) and diners (4%). While 72% of respondents say they would be willing to spend between $10 - $20 for a burger, 44% said they have or would spend more than $25 on a “mind-blowing” burger.

When it comes to food trends, these adventurous eaters say they have or would consume burgers with a fried egg (64%), on a pretzel bun (64%), on a ramen bun (30%) and even on the decadent donut bun (23%). Although 82% of men admit to eating multiple-patty burgers, a whopping 68% of them admit to no-so-barbarically cutting their burger in half with a knife. Surprisingly, 20% of respondents say they prefer to dress their burger with artisanal ketchup (vs. 31% who prefer the classic Heinz). See more on the ketchup wars here.

For the full round-up of the 155 best burgers nationwide (plus Toronto!), visit zagat.com/best-burgers.

Posted by Tiffany Herklots, Zagat

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Are you in a last minute scramble to plan a lovely evening for your Valentine? Hop to it! Reservations are going quick because according to Zagat’s 2014 Valentine’s survey, 42% of respondents will be hitting the town to celebrate the day of love. Whether you’re searching for a restaurant to take your date to, scouting for the perfect gift in a store nearby or looking up directions to a movie with friends, Google Maps has the ingredients to cook up a successful night. To read more, visit Google Lat Long: Forget Cupid, all you need is Google Maps this Valentine's Day.


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Today we’re announcing the release of the redesigned Zagat mobile apps for iOS (v2.0) and Android (v2.1). The free updated apps add 29 cities to the existing offering, bringing the total markets covered to 42.  Another major new feature of the apps are ratings and reviews for hotels and shopping establishments in each city.  Besides supporting iPad and Android tablets, the apps feature new home screens that offer easier access to Zagat ratings and reviews.


The free apps are available for download today for iOS and Android. Enjoy!

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For the first time, Zagat is adding blog and video coverage for San Diego. Whether you're a local or a visitor, Zagat media editors can help you discover amazing places and experiences like Sublime Tavern's Sisig. Plus, match the perfect spot to any occasion with lists such as Best Restaurants With Fireplaces in San Diego or Best Business Dining Restaurants in San Diego, as well as trusted ratings and reviews for restaurants, shopping and nightlife categories.
Zagat breaks through the clutter with accurate information and the trusted opinions of thousands of avid consumers so you can quickly and easily make informed decisions. Through our digital products, you can discover notable places, perfectly suited for any occasion.

Posted by Curt Gathje, Zagat Lead Editor