Paris Zagat vs. New York Zagat
- Dan Sonenberg
This past summer I was lucky enough to be in Paris for
a short while, and while there I picked up a copy of
the new(ish) Paris Zagat guide. It was very
interesting to me that restaurants that were far
superior in quality to NY restuarants with 25+ food
ratings often got no higher than a 16 or 17. One that
comes to mind is Au Bascou, a bistro that in my opinion
simply crushes the best French fare NYC has to offer.
It got a 16 from French voters. Are New Yorkers just
much more generous? Or are their standards that much
This is the first edition of the guide in Paris. I
think that it will take a few years to get the formula
right. Personaly, I do not like it very much. Zagat
is good for general ideas and adresses, phone numbers,
etc... But looking through the Paris edition, I could
not believe how many wonderful restaurants they missed!
Nominated " La Maison de Cosima" last year; had read of
it in NYer, and had visited.
Not included- perhaps too few write-ins.
But not even on their forms for the '99 edition.
So go figure.
Any othervisitors to Cosima? Opinions?