Sosh
Could this spaghetti be on your corner? (photo by Stijn Nieuwendijk)

Navigating the endless amount of amazing places to eat and play in NYC can be overwhelming--especially if you’re the one in the group tasked with picking a meet-up spot on the fly.

Allow us to introduce you to Sōsh, a free restaurant- and activity-recommending site and iPhone app (already popular in San Francisco) that just arrived in NYC.

Upon signing up, Sōsh will ask you a few quick questions, such as what types of food you like and which neighborhoods you frequent. Then, based on your answers (along with usage patterns over time), it will suggest spots you may like.

Unlike Yelp and Menupages, you won’t have to wade through exhaustive directories or inane reviews from WesVil367. Instead, you can thumb through beautiful photos of particular places catered to your taste--anything from a beloved (but maybe forgotten) macaron joint to a reminder about the annual Movies with a View in Brooklyn Bridge Park. From there, you can check hours and location, read published reviews, reserve a table, share it with your friends or bookmark it for later.

While the model is specificity, we do wish it would offer a few more options at a glance to choose from. But any algorithm for booze and snacks piques our interest.

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