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Let?s face it: As much of a game-changer as Yelp was for the restaurant-picking process, we don?t always need to weed through every eatery in the city, nor the thousands of reviews that come with them. But a new site is upping the standards for both rating and presenting dining options.

Taste Savant does for NYC restaurants what Rotten Tomatoes does for movies. Critics? and users? reviews combine to give a more well-rounded, and substantiated, point of view. Unlike Rotten Tomatoes (and Yelp, for that matter), this site?s team vets user comments before they appear, ensuring all reviews are mature, honest and useful. User reviews are then tabbed alongside expert insights from The New York Times, New York magazine, Time Out New York and more.

Newcomers to the site can search by neighborhood, cuisine, price range and features, then up pops a well-edited list of restaurants with information, ratings, menus and a reservation calendar. Our favorite feature, though, is the list of dishes to try--and to skip--as aggregated through the reviews.

Fancy yourself an expert eater? Become a member (which is free) to write your own reviews, suggest additional listings and follow other foodies for further recommendations.

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