Zagat Posts

Help Out Haiti by Dining Out!

When it comes to restaurant reviews and listings, nobody does it better than Zagat. Here they suggest many different ways we travelers can help out the people of  Haiti by simply dining out.

“Looking for a way to help out in Haiti beyond donating to groups like Action Against Hunger, the Red Cross and the like? Next Wednesday, January 20, New York’s Knife + Fork is donating 20% of each bill (including tip) to aid the relief efforts in the devastated country. We expect this is not the last of these sorts of deals you’ll see in the coming weeks – Chicago’s Mesón Sabika and Tapas Valencia have already pledged to donate 100% of their sales on January 19 and 26 to the Red Cross. We’ll be updating this post as new way to help are announced.

The New York Times has posted a list of restaurants and bars running relief programs.

¡Cuba! in Chestnut Hill, PA, is donating 20% of all non-discounted food proceeds through Feb 10 to aide the victims of the earthquake.

Pop Shop in Collingswood, NJ, will hold a fundraiser on Thursday, January 21, from 8 AM–9 PM, donating 10% of the day’s total sales to UNICEF’s efforts in Haiti. In addition, there will be a craft table for making cards to send to children affected by the earthquake.

Both locations of Boqueria in NYC have pledged $2,000 to Doctors Without Borders and are raising more by having customers add an amount to their check.

Eater reports Hearth in NYC will be donating 50% of proceeds on January 19th.

Chicago Reader has a list of restaurants that are giving diners the option to add $1 to their checks January 18–24.

Grub Street has started compiling a list of fund-raising efforts in New York.

For every $8 burger bought between Tuesday, January 19 and Sunday, January 24, Chicago’s DMK Burger Bar will forward 25% to the American Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund or Share Our Strength. There will also be a Haitian Relief Fund donation raffle for $20 per ticket; the winner will receive a month of free burgers. The drawing will take place on Saturday night, January 30, at midnight.

According to Zagat, Cunard’s the No. 1 Cruise Line

After years of reviewing hotels, nightlife, bars and restaurants, the Zagat Survey has started publishing results of its first cruise line survey.  Many people trust these people to help them decide which restaurant to pick, their methods are reliable and usually based on scientific surveys and pithy short little sayings, and catchphrases.

Gadling has this story today reporting on the news that now Cunard has been rated number one.

To generate reliable results, the survey asked cruise passengers for their opinion of cabins, service, facilities, activities and of course dining. The results were split into three categories – large ships, mid size ships and small ships (under 200 passengers). In total, over 22,700 cruise trips were used to reach a conclusion.

The winner of the “best overall” category was Cunard Line. Given the rich tradition of top class service on the Cunard ships, it should come as no surprise that they took the top spot. In the individual categories, Cunard won in the dining and facilities categories, and took the second spot in activities, right behind Disney.

Cunard Line has been crossing the Atlantic since 1840 and currently operates two ships – the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria. In October of next year, the brand new Queen Elizabeth will join the fleet.

More on the results of the Zagat cruise line survey can be found here, and a PDF with the complete results is here.

If you plan on taking a cruise, remember to reserve your parking ahead of time…by visiting Airport Parking Reservations and getting the best price at your home city off-airport parking lot.