HOME > Chowhound > Food Media & News >


Culinary Guidebook for NYC

  • t

I'll be visiting NY next month and wanted to purchase a guidebook that had great restaurant info. I know there is always Chowhound, but I'm not sure I'll have internet access during my visit. Any ideas on a good book we can use? Thanks!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
    1. re: dkstar1

      that says it all. It's inexpensive and easy to carry. Do get the most up to date copy--the 2007 edition. Buy it at home (large bookstores) or online perhaps (zagat.com, not sure if on Amazon or Barnes & Noble) or as soon as you arrive. It's a very popular point of sale items in many types of stores in Manhattan. It does include the Outer Boroughs.

    2. Zagat's should be used as a telephone and address directory and nothing more.

      Try mouthfulsfood.com

      1. I like the Time Out New York Eating and Drinking Guide.


        You can get it along with Zagat for 20 bucks.

        1 Reply
        1. re: pacz

          I am amazaed that Zagat is recommeded here. Zagat is the antithesis of what this site is all about, If you need a reference, the Timeout guide is decent, easy carry, etc....Zagat is great guide in deciding where NOT to go...

        2. I found this book very useful when it was current and found some places I enjoyed when on holiday there (Spoonbread, Rissoteria etc). I don't know when it was last updated though and is sure to get out of date very quickly, I would think on-line forums such as the New York board here would be your best bet


          1. If you are of an adventurous bent, you couldn't do better than The Food Lover's Guide to the Best Ethnic Eating in New York City by Robert Sietsema. A great Calvin Trillin introduction, some of the best food writing in NYC, and a roster of amazing places you absolutely wouldn't find on your own. A copy of Sietsema, supplemented by a recent issue of New York magazine for the more mainstream places - that's all you need.

            1. Reaffirming Zagat and/or Time Out New York's Eating and Drinking Guide.

              As much as I read the weeklies Village Voice and New York Press (to say nothing of the Times and Daily News), it's for their individual reviews, not their synopses.

                1. You're better off spending a couple hours researching the NYC chowhound boards and making your own guide book. Although you'll be able to filter out some tourist spots in the guide books - the books simply can't keep up to date on the closing, openings and changes of the restaurant scene.

                  1. If you have a PDA and can download programs, I find a combo of Zagat and Vindigo to be very helpful in locating restaurants. I particularly like that, with Vindigo, I can put in an intersection and find restaurants by distance. And I can compare Zagat's and Vindigo's reviews. Vindigo also has movies, shopping and other handy info.

                    1. This is the newest guide & map to good food in NYC - and you can either access it on-line or buy the guide to carry around with you, or both.

                      And then there's this from urbanspoon - one of the coolest things I've ever seen - and when you click on the highlighted area it takes you to a Google bulletin board map with lots more info on favorite restaurants in the area chosen.

                      NY Magazine's 2006 Top 101

                      and Adam Platt's Where to Eat in 2007


                        1. If you have time or for future reference the travel and tourism office of every major city offers free guidebooks including where to eat. One such resource is:


                          1. And whatever you do, don't pay too much attention to those free dining magazines they hand out at hotels. Some give ecstatic praise to tourist traps, and I sometimes suspect they praise whoever pays.

                            2 Replies
                            1. re: Brian S

                              I just discovered The Food Lover's Guide to the Best Ethnic Eating in New York City by Robert Sietsema, and I love it. It's the updated 2004 edition, which is sadly already out of date (I wonder if ethnic restaurants tend to go out of business more quickly because the food is often cheaper). Anyone know if a new updated version is in the works?

                              1. re: Manhattan Diner

                                Other books Sietsema (of the Village Voice) has done have been reprinted (check Amazon) but I see now indication that this will be updated anytime soon. Do you think it's still worth getting, even if somewhat dated?