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August 1, 2011

Restaurant & Food-Related Apps

We love apps!

(Even though we're foodies, we're also techies so these apps are the non-edible kind!)

Application software, a/k/a an application or "app", is computer software designed to help users perform singular or multiple related specific tasks. Several restaurant and food-related apps exist that allow you to locate eateries with a specific location or cuisine, provide directions, make reservations, read reviews or view photos and menus. Here are a few of our favorites:

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These three Long Island restaurants have apps that keep visitors informed about their latest news and events:

WAVE Seafood Kitchen, Danfords Hotel & Marina
Danfords App
Through the app, iPhone users will have direct access to features including:
Information on room selections and lodging specials
Access to online reservations
The latest information for property news and events
Photo gallery
Post comments on "Fan Wall"
Twitter updates from @Danfords
Video gallery (for 3GS iPhones and higher)
Direct email list sign-up
Dinner menu for WAVE Seafood Kitchen

To download this free iPhone app, click here.

Danfords
Danfords Hotel & Marina
WAVE Seafood Kitchen

25 East Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
631-928-5200 x170

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Blackwells Restaurant
Blackwells App
This app also allows users to:
Access to online reservations
View up-to-date events information
Photo gallery
Post comments on "Fan Wall"
Twitter updates from @BlackwellsNY
Video gallery (for 3GS iPhones and higher)
Direct email list sign-up
Restaurant menus

Get the Blackwells iPhone app here.

Blackwells
Blackwells Restaurant
141 Fairway Drive
Wading River, NY 11792
631-929-1800

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Vittorio's Restaurant & Wine Bar
Vittorio's App
One of the first (if not the first!) restaurants on Long Island to have it's own iPhone app. Through Vittorio's Restaurant & Wine Bar app, iPhone users will have direct access to features including:
Vittorio's Restaurant & Wine Bar photo gallery
Post comments on "Fan Wall"
New section that includes live Twitter updates from @VittoriosRest
Video gallery (for 3GS iPhones)
Direct link to Vittorio's Restaurant & Wine Bar online store offering gourmet gift baskets for purchase.
Direct email mailing list sign-up
Direct links to Vittorio's Restaurant & Wine Bar social media pages: Facebook; Twitter.

iPhone users may download the Vittorio's Restaurant & Wine Bar free app here.

Vittorio's
Vittorio's Restaurant & Wine Bar
184 Broadway
Amityville, NY
631-264-3333

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Other favorite sites include:

Foodspotting
Foodspotting App
"A visual guide to good food and where to find it. "
Foodspotting claims to be "the easiest way to find and share the foods you love: Instead of reviewing restaurants, you can recommend your favorite dishes and see what others have recommended wherever you go." They were named one of TIME's 50 best websites of 2010. This global community of Foodspotters (those who share where to find their favorite foods using photos) enable Foodseekers to find whatever they're craving, to see what's good at a particular restaurant and discover new foods wherever they go. Available in multiple platforms.

Get the iPhone app here.

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OpenTable
Open Table App
"Make restaurant reservations the easy way: Find a restaurant >> Choose a table >> Book online"
OpenTable is a leading provider of free, real-time online restaurant reservations for diners and reservation and guest management solutions for restaurants. OpenTable has more than 20,000 restaurant customers, and, since its inception in 1998, has seated more than 200 million diners around the world.
For diners, concierges and administrative professionals, the OpenTable website provides a fast, efficient way to find available tables that meet desired criteria for cuisine, price and location at a specified time. Diners can also book reservations using our mobile solutions, including apps for the most popular smartphone platforms. Reservations are free and can be made around the clock. The website is directly connected to the thousands of computerized reservation systems at OpenTable restaurants. Search results reflect actual, real-time availability, and reservations are immediately recorded in the restaurant's OpenTable system.

See the OpenTable iPhone app here.

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Yelp
Yelp App
"Our purpose: To connect people with great local businesses."
10 Things You Should Know About Yelp
1. Yelp was founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses like dentists, hair stylists and mechanics
2. As of June 2011, more than 53 million people visited Yelp in the past 30 days
3. Yelpers have written over 20 million local reviews, 83% of them rating a business 3 stars or higher
4. In addition to reviews, you can use Yelp to find events, lists and to talk with other Yelpers
5. Every business owner (or manager) can setup a free account to post photos and message her customers
6. Yelp makes money by selling ads to local businesses - you'll see these clearly labeled "Yelp Ads" around the site
7. Paying advertisers can never change or re-order their reviews
8. Yelp has an automated filter that suppresses a small portion of reviews - it targets those suspicious ones you see on other sites
9. You can access Yelp via iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and more.
10. The Weekly Yelp is available in 42 city editions to bring you the latest business openings & other happenings

Want the Yelp iPhone app? Get it here.

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UrbanSpoon
Urban Spoon App
"If you have a smart phone and you'd like some help deciding where to eat we have a solution for you. Urbanspoon's mobile apps are a kind of restaurant slot machine. Just hit the shake button (or shake the phone) and the wheels will spin, until they settle on a good nearby restaurant for you. You can also lock down the neighborhood, cuisine and/or price you are interested in. Keep spinning until you get a restaurant you want to try. Urbanspoon mobile apps also help you search and browse restaurants, and use your current location to identify the nearest restaurants to you."
Features:
Use GPS to find a restaurant near you
Filter by neighborhood, cuisine, or price
Search and browse local restaurants
See a list of all nearby eateries
Compare restaurant picks with your friends
Ratings and reviews from newspapers, bloggers, and fellow eaters

See the Urbanspoon app here.

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Please check the individual sites to determine if their apps are available for specific smartphone platforms.




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