Last month was spent in NYC for me. A fantastic experience of just walking around the city day after day until I a) ran into a friend or b) started walking away from NYPD humming the ‘don’t taze me brah’ theme song or c) got hungry. I walked almost 7 miles a day passing thousands of stores but only stepping into a few.
When I indeed did get hungry, I looked for the closest place to grab a bite to eat. In all the meals I ate, non were from one that I didn’t check out on Yelp and Foursquare. Lots of positive tips on Foursquare got me into a place. Same for stars on Yelp. Bad comments on a place and I started researching for nearby places that people actually liked and took the time to rave about.
Foursquare is especially useful right now, as it is a positive reinforcement loop. You check into a Pizza place. That is a vote. You check in 30 times? 30 votes. If your my friend, I see that. Leave a tip about something you loved? Voting again. You can search tips, which for a gluten free person like myself, let’s me do a search for ‘gluten free cookie’ and see a few dots on the map light up. Yelp is less useful, as people try to influence by negative comments, where Foursquare is almost all positive. You don’t like the place = you don’t check in again.
The location was somewhat important. The reputation trumped though, and it never did me wrong.