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Feb 18, 2010 06:51 AM


Anyone checked out NBC's FEAST yet? It's like Metacritic/Rotten Tomatoes for restaurants. http://www.nbcnewyork.com/feast

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  1. I like the concept, though I think cuisine is a little too subjective to slap a number score against. Hence the star rating system. Anyway, the scores, save a few aberrations, seem to be in the ballpark.

    Will be interesting to see how it develops.

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    1. re: Vesuvius

      Zagat has successfully used a number scoring system.

    2. I'm trying to figure out whether the "feast rank" treats a review in a major newspaper as equivalent to a review on CitySearch. I can't tell from this:

      "As we speak the Feast Rank team at Feast Labs (TM) is looking through hundreds and hundreds of sources and banking them into a single weighted average score—the Feast Rank. And we're updating it in real time. Primetime mentions, such as a big newspaper review can swing Feast Rank significantly. Smaller mentions signal buzz and impact scores temporarily. Our exact formula as well as our full source list are state secrets."

      Rotten Tomatoes gives you the option to filter results by "top critics," which is useful to me. If Feast does the same, it will be a good resource. I'm really not interested in what a bunch of menupages readers think (no disrespect to menupages, but the reviews aren't the strength of that site).

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      1. re: small h

        you've gotta believe they weigh the real deal restaurant critics more heavily than the blogs. i'm interested in how they'll handle ratings from places like Yelp too. Definitely seems like a resource that could be extremely helpful once they get their act together. Their essentially Urbanspoon on roids, instead of just posting links to all reviews they're coming up with something a little more tangible,


        1. re: iFat

          <you've gotta believe they weigh the real deal restaurant critics more heavily than the blogs.>

          I would love to believe this. I just need a reason. But I do want it to work, because it's nice to have everything compiled. For neatness!

      2. I just looked at it and I can't really figure it out.

        The review scores seem to be on par with all the other websites. I fail to see how this offers us anything more useful or convenient.

        1. some of the scores seem a bit off, seems to be based a bit more on popularity than actual food...for example babbo and otto basically have the same score. and shake shack has a 75 while strip house has a 57. I've only eaten at these places once or twice but I wouldn't put babbo right next to otto. And I certainly don't think shake shack beats strip house in anything except price.