RORY: I’ll look it up in Zagat’s.

The Zagat Survey, commonly known as Zagat, an organisation which collects and correlates the ratings of restaurants by diners, established by Tim and Nina Zagat in 1979. Their first guide was only for New York City, with reviews written by their friends; at its height in 2005, it covered 70 cities, based on the input of more than 250 000 people, rating not only restaurants, but also hotels, shopping, nightlife, zoos, museums, music, movies, theatres, golf courses, and airlines.

Zagat was published in a number of books and guides, and had a website you could subscribe to. Zagat was bought by Google in 2011 and is fully integrated into Google services such as Google Maps and Google + Local. Most of the staff were laid off, and production of Zagat in book form is looking “bleak”. They sold it to The Infatuation in 2019, with promises of a comeback, new website, and apps.

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