The new app available today still preserves the traditional slot-machine “shake” method of finding restaurants for which Urbanspoon is known. But the free app now highlights other methods of finding eateries:
- Filters. Restaurants now can be selected by those which are the “hottest” (have the most activity by critics and bloggers), customer thumbs-up-or-down ratings, price and other criteria.
- Reviews. Recommendations from the James Beard Foundation, Eater and Village Voice critics are now part of the app, along with input from the Urbanspoon blogger network. (Seattle Weekly is a Village Voice publication.)
- Maps. An interactive map with a drag-and-drop pin allows exploring restaurants in different areas by cuisine, distance, name and other filters.
Along with the new user interface, the Urbanspoon app also lets a wish list be created of restaurants you think you might like to try — and then alerts you when you’re close to any of them.
While some of the new features aren’t unique — for example, Yelp and TripAdvisor also have filtering or mapping features for restaurants — availability in a single integrated app may be appreciated by those who rely on Urbanspoon for suggestions on where to spend their next meal ticket.
Previously on GeekWire: Urbanspoon seats 1 million diners, looks to feast on OpenTable
Frank Catalano is a regular GeekWire columnist, and is assisting this week while Todd Bishop is off. You can follow Frank on Twitter @FrankCatalano.