The sheer diversity of dining options in New York is a dream come true for foodies. But narrowing down those choices can be daunting. That’s where the new NYC restaurant recommendation service Eatery Expert comes in.
Here’s how it works: You send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org seeking restaurant advice (the more specific request — i.e. neighborhood, cuisine, etc. — the better) and within 24 hours you’ll receive a response, with several recommendations. We tried it twice and got recommendations within two hours.
For now, the free service is only available in Manhattan, but expansion to Brooklyn and other pboroughs is planned for later this year, said Joleen Zanuzoski, public-relations manager for Eatery Expert.
The experts at Eatery Expert are anonymous, “so that we don’t come across biased,” Zanuzoski said. “These are native New Yorkers and foodies who live in many neighborhoods across Manhattan,” she said, pointing out that none are food writers.
The site won’t accept advertising or sponsorship from restaurants in an effort to remain unbiased.
“We want it to feel like your best friend is giving you advice,” she said. “We’ll never recommend a place we haven’t been to.”
Since launching in September 2009, Eatery Expert has fielded more than 2,000 requests.
Most requests are detailed, but one recent inquiry was particularly challenging. “The person wanted us to recommend a burlesque club that caters to the homosexual community in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn,” she said.