Restaurant Reservation Apps Reviewed by NYT: A Deep Dive

Today, the New York Times highlighted an intriguing trend in the mobile app space, particularly apps that assist users in discovering and critiquing eateries. It’s incredibly user-friendly; simply activate the app on your smartphone or tablet, and instantly see what dining options are in your vicinity.

Initially, OpenTable stood alone as the go-to app for booking dining reservations.

However, UrbanSpoon has now entered the scene, offering similar services, and is currently being tested in cities like Los Angeles and Seattle with a significant number of restaurants participating. After your meal, you can leave a review, which helps others gauge the current quality of the restaurant.

Even if I’m not using these specific apps, I often find myself using my iPhone’s Maps app to search for “coffee” or “hamburgers” when I’m in a new area.

Taking the next step to make a reservation seems, as Spock would put it, quite logical.


Joshua is a dedicated writer for TUAW, bringing readers the latest news and insights on all things Apple. With a keen eye for detail, Joshua covers everything from the newest iPhone releases to the latest updates in macOS. His articles are a go-to source for Apple enthusiasts who want to stay informed about their favorite products, including the iPad, Apple Watch, and MacBook. Joshua’s straightforward and engaging writing style makes complex tech topics easy to understand for everyone.