Reviews - What do customers think about VivsGuide Manhattan: An Undercover Look at the City's Cheap Eats?
Nothing Special Sep 26, 2006
There are a ton of eating guides about New York. And this one gets lost in the crowd. The descriptions of the restaurants are brief and vague. What I thought was going to be a guide to the affordable culinary gems, was merely a list of cheap restaurants with little effort spent on separating "cheap and good" from "just cheap".
Very useful Sep 3, 2005
I like it. I did find one error (a dish they recommended was not on the restaurant's menu), but otherwise it's been very handy to have around. I find myself reaching for it instead of my zagats, and that says something.
A lot to chew on Aug 6, 2005
I heard about this book through a posting on Chowhound.com and decided to give it a try. Must say, I'm intriguied. There are a lot of listings in this book that I haven't seen covered elsewhere. In my own neighborhood (UES), it pretty much hits the nail on the head. All my favorites are in here, even the ones I thought only I knew about! (Why, oh why, must they let the cat out of the bag about Pyramida... oh well. I guess it deserves the success...)
Move over Zagat Aug 4, 2005
This book is an indispensible guide to daily eating in Manhattan. Every restaurant in the book that I have tried has been at least good, and some of the places that I have found have been truly excellent. Where this book truly shines is in picking out the real jewels among the thousands of small, nondescript restaurants in the city. Viv's Guide also includes very accurate pricing information, which is certainly a welcome change from the the seemingly random amounts given in Zagats.
Additionally, Viv's Guide is pocket-size, meaning that you can carry it around with you at all times and be able to stun your friends with your intimate knowledge of NYC restaurants. Another handy feature is that people who purchase the book can access the book's full content online at the author's website.
If you are a New Yorker who eats out frequently, particularly on any kind of budget, then I highly recommend this book.