After purchasing Zagat the restaurant review company back in the year 2011, Google helped to streamline it with a new website, integration within Google Maps and mobile apps. Today, Zagat is going to get its biggest upgrade to date on the iPhone, and it is good enough for you to make it your first source for solution when looking for new places to eat.

The Zagat iPhone app is smart enough to help you find restaurants solely based on the time of day and on your location. The location awareness feature is a reason why Foursquare’s recommendations are useful, and it is great to see it show up finally in Zagat (though it surprisingly arrived later than expected).

The Zagat app has been redesigned to a cleaner fresher, magazine-like look. When it was launched at the Engadget center, it quickly popped up with several lunch recommendations, including places to get quick bites and coffee spots nearby. The Zagat app also features an NYC neighborhood map, which will be very useful for people who are not very familiar with the city’s layout. There is also a much better search experience with the app now than it was before.

What is most striking about this redesigned Zagat iPhone app is that using it is simply a great experience. It combines local coverage with the location features that we have grown to expect from Yelp and Foursquare along with Zagat’s editorial reviews (which are solely based on the opinions or reviews from regular diners). If you are tired of searching through the compatible user reviews and you require more than an algorithm to point out top food spots for you, it is worth it giving the Zagat iPhone app a shot.

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