2006_10_zagat2007.gifTim, Nina and the gang are at it again. This year's NYC Zagat Restaurant Guide is now available, compiling surveys from 31,604 participants and covering 2,014 restaurants. First off, although we generally do most of our restaurant research online, we definitely appreciate two additional features that are part of the new physical guide: a foldout map listing the 50 "New Yorkers' Favorite Restaurants," and sticky arrow tabs designed for users to place throughout the book, with labels like "Must Try," "Never Again," and "Love it!"

Now, onto the juicy stuff. Telepan takes the prize of top newcomer of the year, with Ureña and The Orchard close behind, while other top ratings go to Le Bernardin for food; Gramercy Tavern for popularity; Daniel for décor and per se for service.

Interesting jumps in the top ten food rankings between this year and last year: Sushi Yasuda went from fifth to third, while Peter Lugers fell down from fifth to eighth. Other big leaps up include an impressive change by Anissa from 24th to 10th in food ranking and from 13th to 7th by Café Boulud.

As for other interesting stats: New Yorkers eat 3.4 meals out per week (that's it? really?), which is just over the national average of 3.3, and our average bill is $39.43, which is 20% above national average (note that Steve Cuozzo has a bit of an issue with the way this figure is calculated).

For more statistics than you really want, check out the survey summary, which includes top twenty food and most popular lists since 1996, New Yorkers' favorite wine varietals, and much, much, much more.

The 2007 New York City Restaurants retails for $14.95 and is available at bookstores and at www.zagat.com.